Originally Posted by have1
....There is no truth to saying that a hypalon boat performs better than a urethane boat; none AT ALL, and anyone who has ran professionally and has any sense to them will tell you the same. ...there is no manufacturer in the world that makes a hypalon boat as durable as what Sotar, Wing, and maravia are putting out there; this is why rivers like 6 mile in AK, and so forth cannot run hypalon. I've seen hypalon boats literally pop when used by guides who are used to the durability of a maravia... I'm so sorry, but this is just such HS... If you run a hypalon boat and you're a professional (sorry for being offensive here to the guy from Alabama) in a place like Idaho where you're 6 days from a road and everything the boat touches is granite, you MUST carry a patch kit. ...Hypalon boats are also worse for the environment as they are complete litter, all over the landfills, and they are typically the cheaper built ones since the material is CHEAP. YES CHEAP. Urethane is far far more expensive to build. ...You can buy 2 hypalon boats for the cost of one maravia. ... seriously.. this is a silly conversation to be having.
Wow - you sure have a strong opinion
. Nice of you to insult folks who don't share it, especially on your first post to mountainbuzz. I too have been a professional guide for years (since 2000) with thousands of river miles and have guided boats from a lot of manufacturers everywhere from the Gauley in West Virgina to the Nenana in Alaska (and yes I ran Six Mile, in a hypalon boat).
There are some great urethane boats out there, as well as some great Hypalon ones, and PVC boats are a bit more of a mixed bag of quality - some great, some not. Yes urethane is usually the most expensive material, followed by Hypalon and the least expensive is PVC. Hypalon is in no way cheap. Nor is it lacking in durability. It is true that there are a lot of Hypalon boats out there with patches on them - their ease of repair is a selling point, and hypalon boats often stay with commercial companies years after they retire their PVC boats. To get a good patch on a PVC boat you need to weld it in place - hard to do in the middle of the wilderness.
As far as the mythical cheap hypalon boats - 14'3" Hyside Outfitter Pro's (hypalon) are listing for $6,695. A Maravia Williwaw 1 (14') lists for $5,178. AIRE's 143R is $4,569 in PVC, more for urethane. NRS's lower end hypalon Otter 140 (14') lists for $3,750. But their urethane Revolution 140 (14') is cheaper
My Hyside has about 15 years of use (it started it's life as a commercial boat) and will still be going strong for at least another decade. I've guided Avons and Hyside that were used for 10-15 years commercially and still performed great.