Resurrecting an old thread. I am saving up for an upgrade to my dinghy, and this is very much what I am looking for/at. Was the bag custom, or did it come with it/sold separately? I have been looking at aluminum bottoms hoping to be able to fold everything inside and bag it like that, but haven't seen it done anywhere else. Do you think you give up much in durability with fiberglass instead of aluminum?View attachment 7398
I did a bunch of research and last year finally bought an Achilles HB-300 FX. We love it.
Key points were:
Like Ken’s, ours fits forward of the dorade box and leaves room to get into the anchor locker/windlasss.
- Rigid Bottom (fiberglass)
- Hypalon material lasts much better than PVC
- Folding Transom so it fits neatly in a bag on the deck during ocean passages (see photo above)
- Achilles makes very high quality boats
It wasn’t the cheapest (of course!) but we are quite happy with our choice.
I put eye bolts in the transom and rigged a harness up with snap shackles, which can be attached to a halyard. Thus I can easily hoist/winch it onto the deck by myself.
Another trick is I bought a small portable Dewalt (battery powered) shop vacuum. It’s great for cleaning the cabin. You can put the hose on the output so I use it to inflate the dingy in about 2 minutes. I top it off with the foot pump.
Here is White Shark (our Achilles) at the beach with Zia in the background.
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Can confirm. It what ended being a funny story (it definitely wasn't funny as it was happening), my ex-girlfriend sent my 10' Porta-Bote to the bottom of the Dinner Key Marina dinghy dock just south of Miami.I have seen on Youtube that they will sink if left in the water and enough rain collects.