Was at West Marine today getting stuff to refurbish an old dinghy I'd aquired, I had about 300 bucks worth of liquid rubber, cleaning stuff, and topcoat in my basket when I got to talking to the sales lady and she mentioned that their 8.5 foot flat slat-bottom 260 dinghy was going on sale next week for only $749.
I looked at the basket of stuff and thought about the work involved in refurbing the old PVC quicksilver dinghy, and then looked at the new clean one on their showroom floor and said "Sold! I'll take one"
When I offered to pay for it now and have them hold it she simply sold to me at the sale price and I took it home.
I needed lightweight and its only 51lbs, its a 1100 decitex PVC coated polyester boat made by Zodiac for West Marine.
In my inexpert opinion its a decent dinghy. And for $750 its hard to beat. PVC will eventually degrade in the sun, but we dont exacly live in the tropics either, and you can get a cover.
Think I might paint the bottom with liquid rubber, lotsa sharp rocks in PWS.