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AquaCraft dinghy from Whitworths - would you still buy one?

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Created by Seebreasy73 2 months ago, 9 Jan 2019
Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
9 Jan 2019 6:15PM
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There were a few people here who previously bought these dinghies. According to the guys in Whitworths, nowdays the dinghies are welded. Money needed somewhere and having no time to wait around for a brand name to pop up used, I may need to get one sooner than later. Folks who bought one, would you still choose it? How did they held up so far?

sunycoastguy
QLD, 172 posts
9 Jan 2019 8:39PM
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I had one 2.4m and was happy with it.but it disappeared from the back of my yacht one night, only 6 months old so cant comment on how good it lasts. I now have a mercury inflatable same size but the air chamber's are smaller. I much prefert the aquacraft

nswsailor
NSW, 1175 posts
9 Jan 2019 10:16PM
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I've had one for some time and have logged just over a years cruising with it, that's two trips to the Whitsundays [from NSW] and one down to Lake Macquarie.

I'm setting off north again this April and I do think that at some point I'm going to have to replace it.

Just hoping I will be near a Whitworths

Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
9 Jan 2019 10:40PM
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nswsailor said..
I've had one for some time and have logged just over a years cruising with it, that's two trips to the Whitsundays [from NSW] and one down to Lake Macquarie.

I'm setting off north again this April and I do think that at some point I'm going to have to replace it.

Just hoping I will be near a Whitworths


Thanks, why do you say you have to replace it after 2 trips? Is the Sun or the corals in the sea?

Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
9 Jan 2019 10:41PM
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sunycoastguy said..
I had one 2.4m and was happy with it.but it disappeared from the back of my yacht one night, only 6 months old so cant comment on how good it lasts. I now have a mercury inflatable same size but the air chamber's are smaller. I much prefert the aquacraft


the exact same reason I am not looking to buy another more expensive one. vanishing act from the davit, magical

Ilenart
36 posts
9 Jan 2019 11:03PM
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Bought one last year and has been fine, no hassles. Does go sideways a bit compared to to the alum bottom RIB I use to have, however you get this with any flat bottom inflatable. And being able to roll it up and stow below has been worth it, nice to have the foredeck clear. Plus harder for some bugger to pinch it :).

Have the high pressure floor which works well, no problems with standing in the dinghy.

Ilenart

oldboyracer
NSW, 208 posts
10 Jan 2019 7:08AM
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I've had one for about 4 years , inflatable floor model. Used extensively when I lived aboard Inflated and deflated every day for a year . Get a 12 volt two stage pump it only takes 5 mins to pump it up . It's done two seasons at the Whitsundays living on deck inflated . I'm happy with it .

sirgallivant
NSW, 1393 posts
10 Jan 2019 8:48AM
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Had two, one slat bottom, one inflatable keel, pvc, would not touch it again with a sixty foot barge pole. They are crap on the long run.
The constant hassle to hide them folded or covered is well compensated for on the long run.
One with inflatable keel made of hypalon or like, !welded!, is the one to be had or a rib for bigger yachts.
Lasts a lifetime on the Sun.
Costs more? Yes. 3x but the quality explains it less one thinks short term.
Money well spent!


nswsailor
NSW, 1175 posts
10 Jan 2019 9:00PM
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Thanks, why do you say you have to replace it after 2 trips? Is the Sun or the corals in the sea?







No just worn out after a full years plus worth of using, works out at $2 per day. I brought it in 2010 so I actually had it almost 10 years.
Only puncture I had was from a fish spine, my inattention. I have had to re glue parts of the transom back in and this is where it may fail eventually. Oh, it was the slat bottom version.

slammin
QLD, 818 posts
11 Jan 2019 6:40AM
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I found it wasn't the seams that failed but the glued attachments, like the rowlocks etc that failed after a few years. Eventually even the transom peeled off.
We got a few years out of it and bought it ridiculously cheap so I wasn't unhappy but the material wastage is hard to swallow.
Maybe the new ones are better?

sirgallivant
NSW, 1393 posts
11 Jan 2019 7:44AM
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The last one was Sirocco which was a CRAP . After a short while the transom screws rusted out.
I took it back, they changed the transom shabbily, always leaked, material discoloured along the seams.
Those pvc wonders are only to rip you off, there is no quality in them.

Wander66
QLD, 203 posts
11 Jan 2019 8:08AM
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My 2004 model Aquapro SLR 710 came with the boat when I bought it in 2015. Last year I took one of the fold down wheels off for repair and noticed the corner of the seam attached to the hull was peeling away. After some investigation I found that almost all of the glued seams were very weak, so much so that it was possible the whole dinghy could have disassembled itself in the water.

The welded seams were fine and it is a good dinghy so I decided to repair it. Over several weeks I re-glued every seam and attachment with AzbondR, just doing small sections at a time and it is now as strong as new. A very small leak that I had and always assumed was from the bung also disappeared, it must have been that corner section of the seam leaking.

The AzbondR is a good product but you must follow the instructions to the letter, I had some mix left over one time and decided to glue on one of the attachments without much preparation, it didn't hold and had to be re-done properly. The other warning is to apply neatly and stay within the glued area, when it first dries it is pale yellow but after 6 months it darkens considerably.

We should all be trying to reduce plastic waste, please don't buy throw away dinghies.





SailPlan
18 posts
11 Jan 2019 3:41PM
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I bought one today. My PVC RIB was becoming shabby, so I did the maths... I could either buy four of these, or one PVC Highfield 260 RIB. For the same price! Given that a PVC boat lasts about 2 years before UV starts breaking it down, I could potentially have '8 years' worth' instead of one RIB.
Sure, the quality may be average, and it is a soft, flat bottom boat - but is only a tender!

Soap pad
NSW, 33 posts
11 Jan 2019 11:57PM
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I bought the 2.5m air deck a couple of weeks ago, as a tender to and from the boat. Rolled up and transported in back of the car. Does the job with a 5hp on the back. I hope it's okay for a good while. I think they are still selling at discounted price of $699.

Ramona
NSW, 4786 posts
12 Jan 2019 8:20AM
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This might be too large for some people but it has resided here for too long.
www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/greenwell-point/tinnies-dinghies/inflatable-boat/1194908442

Stockie
NSW, 91 posts
12 Jan 2019 12:13PM
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I have had the air deck Aqua for two years, last week I bumped into a rear platform on a motor boat and now have a split right under the bumper seam, bugger. Will attempt a patch and report back. Otherwise a great little tender, will take three adults, in pretty extreme conditions. Rows well with one, and slower with more payload.
it has taken some abuse with us trying to run out 20 kg anchors and chain, generally a very robust little unit. I would say you could spend more on the dearer ones and bugger them just as easily if you don't have a little sympathy, like dragging the boat over docks and rough ground.
cheers Richard



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