WHY HYPALONS?

  • People ask us why we buy and sell so many used HYPALONS.  Simple...It's the best material available in the long run for inflatables.  We've seen PVC dinks come home after cruising  for a couple of years and they're toast, their owners looking to replace them with something that will stand up to the rigors of the cruising life.  The  AVON and Achilles hypalon dinghys we see returning after a 5-6 year cruise are in great shape and ready to go again.  We've even gotten a few from the 70's that have really been out there, and are in excellent condition!  We're talking 25 years here!   Outside of a few patches they are still very usable.   Which brings up another subject.
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  • Hypalon vs. PVC repair.  

    All inflatables will develop leaks.  It's a fact of life.  Hypalon boats are actually just one big patch.  All the seams are hand glued.   Hypalon is easily repairable. Always use 2-part hypalon adhesive.  One part adhesive is not strong enough.  Save yourself the trouble of having to do it again. 

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  • PVC boat seams, on the other hand are heat welded.  To properly patch a leak in a PVC boat it should be welded too.  Unfortunately, there isn't a process available on the market that will do just that. And if you should ever happen to lose a seam, which happens quite often, you might as well toss the boat.  PVC glue will not hold for any length of time.  So if you think you've found a 'deal' on a second hand PVC, unless it's like new, don't buy it.  PVC's are generally one owner boats.  That said, if you find your needs are for something to use a couple of weeks a year on vacation, a PVC should serve you well.  Just don't expose it to months of UV exposure.
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  • First time cruisers usually wait until the last minute to pick up their dinks before cutting the dock lines, and because their budgets are running a little thin they buy the cheapest 'new' dink they can find.  Usually PVC.  This is the one they fry after a couple of seasons of UV exposure in the lower latitudes where UV is at it's worst..  Afterwards, because of it's reputation, they'll spend big bucks on a new hypalon boat.  (Trying to make sure they never have to worry about the dink again....)  They would have been better off picking up a good clean used Hypalon in the first place, and saved themselves a whole lot of cruising kitty cash........
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  • Another piece of advice we'd like to pass along to the cruising community is maintain your dink!!  The dinghy is the most used, and yet most abused, piece of equipment a cruiser will own.  Days, weeks, or months of standing by along side your boat, and ready to serve takes it's toll.  'Rode hard and put away wet is an expression' that fits a dinghy's life to a Tee.  A little bit of TLC will extend the life of your dinghy for many years.  DON'T USE ARMORAL!!   Patch adhesive will not stick to an Armoraled surface.  There are many bio-degradable products available on the market today that will treat the material and keep it 'alive'.  And the dink will be worth much more when it's time to sell.
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  • Jack