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Old 03 August 2023, 04:52   #1
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Opinions on Defender 530 PVC

Hi Everyone,

New user here seeking some advice/opinions on the Defender 530 PVC. The boat is a 2011, is in good shape and is outfitted with a Tohatsu 50hp. My brother and I are aluminum boat owners but are looking for a good coast cruiser to use during our yearly trip to Santa Barbara (our folks live there). We had a 1988 Novurania RIB previously that we loved but it finally bit the dust with some unrepairable leaks.

The Defender is on a trailer, has aluminum floors and an inflatable keel. Would this boat be (reasonably) beach launchable? Any concerns with the performance, quality, etc? The boat would have relatively light use and only a few weeks per year. Mostly cruising up and down the coast fishing along the way.

The current owner is asking $6,100 for the set up, seems pretty reasonable but it is a SIB.

Thanks for your opinion and insight!

Adam
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