I'm going from a MacSport 18 square stern to a 14' inflatable with a 6' beam, 20" tubes. Protected waters, easy rivers and large lakes only. No offshore. A few questions for those in the know:
- I'm looking at a Chinese made soft bottom PVC boat with 1.2mm tubes and 1.5mm bottom, Korean PVC. 5yr warranty from established company. Looks like it comes from the same factory that does most other Chinese inflatables. Most other PVC boats are 0.9mm. Anyone have experience with these? If it lasts me 6-7 years I'm happy.
- Although rated for 30hp, looking at putting an 18hp Tohatsu 2 stroke to save some weight. 2 adults 2 kids gear for a few days. Will this do it?
- Beaching - plan to beach on all kinds of shores, including rocky/barnacles. Would a set of beach wheels work? The rig will weigh about 350 pounds - not sure how easy it would be to haul to shore with 2 adults? Are leaks inevitable while beaching? Like I said it has an extra thick bottom (I heard military boats are 1.8mm thick).
- Seaworthy - assuming an inflatable is the most seaworthy cost-effective 14ft boat out there?