Stopped by Alaska Raft & Kayak the other day to rent an IK & SUP for a family picnic. (Great service as usual!) While there, I noticed both a raft and a cataraft in the showroom that were both ALL GRAY in color, instead of the normal green/gray, blue/gray, red/gray, etc. When I asked about it, they told me that AIRE was starting to make some boats entirely out of their heavier 43oz PVC material, that is normally used only in high abrasion areas, such as the bottom & top of the tubes. The multi-colored (green, blue, red, etc) sides are made from a slightly lighter 35oz PVC material. They said that while having 43oz sides will add a few pounds to the total weight, it will definitely make an already tough boat, even tougher.
Looks like a nice option for those who want even more puncture protection. And, as long as you like GRAY. Which, being an old Navy man, I actually do.
Haze gray and underway, Dave.