Originally Posted by Avatard
I guarantee nothing is going to depreciate a new boat more than a patch.
A factory patch on an Aire is internal to the boat and does not fall off -- that point becomes stronger then the surrounding material. Anything some smutz does on the river with potentially old glue? Taking your chances
The whole boat is a patch! Anytime you put a patch on, the surrounding material is stronger than it was before, that is not specific to AIRE brand boats.
As to a crappy patch being done with old glue -- it is trivial to remove and replace with a beter patch. The underlying problem the patch addressed should not have become any worse.
Regardless of what you buy, learn how to repair it. Hypalon is bomber over time, but who keeps the same boat for 40 years? PVC is by far the easiest thing to field service, because it isn't picky about prep like Hypalon, and doesn't require fancy 2 part glues in order to get a long lasting patch.
Resale value only matters if you are flipping the boat, and if you find yourself in a hurry to do that, you bought the wrong boat regardless of brand or material.
Just stay away from Maxxon/Saturn type drek. Welded pvc, hypalon, or a reputable urethane boat will take great care of you for many years.