Comments on AB

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by All's Well, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
  2. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Yes...but they can be slid as required as well. The nice thing is they can be slid apart to lower the dingy on the platform. My factory GHS lift does not go down as far as my dockmate's 55DB (same boat - with an extended, fixed platform) that had GHS cut his long fixed platform and install a lift last year.
     
  3. All's Well

    All's Well Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    718
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '12 58 Sundancer
    900 MAN
    Thank you ... good information

    And I thought this would be easy
     
  4. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB
    QSM11's
    Do you guys running aluminum RIBs have any issues with corrosion if the paint gets chipped?
     
  5. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I like the Yamaha. The zodiac we owned previously had a 40hp, the AB we have now is about a foot longer, don't remember the model number, so we went with the 50hp.

    Had a recent issue with the fuel pick up hose that took for ever to find, but all resolved now.

    For us the difference between the Zodiac and the AB is the ride. The ride is much better on the AB. We routinely run 8-10 miles at a time - makes a big difference.

    The chocks we use are designed for the AB. Same company has Chocks specific for the AB and for the Zodiac. The chocks have cutouts for the chines on the hull, very happy with them.

    I had the same chocks (zodiac) specific on the last boat. They are easily removeable if you want to have an open swim platform. Don't remember the brand name - could find out if your interested.




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  6. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Mark - shows you what I know! I thought you had a 40 like me...
     
  7. Irie308

    Irie308 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    My only knock against AB is the surface rust on the stainless hardware after the first season. Not sure how other brands compare but I was surprised at parts like the steering wheel. Otherwise very happy with our AB.
     
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  8. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I agree. I think Carter and I have seen the same issue.
     
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  9. All's Well

    All's Well Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    718
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '12 58 Sundancer
    900 MAN
    Thanks, something I'll look out for
     
  10. j98052

    j98052 Active Member

    201
    Jul 17, 2015
    Seattle
    2010 Sedan Bridge 520
    Cummins QSM11
    No, not yet anyway.
     
  11. flyboycj84

    flyboycj84 Member

    86
    Feb 20, 2014
    Merritt Island FL
    2008 Meridian 391
    QSB 5.9
    I’m building an AB 10 VS, with a 25 Suzuki, and a Highfield FCT console. It will go on our Meridian 391 with our newly installed Sealift we got a year ago. I was really torn between the AB 10 VS, and Highfield CL340. Our primary concern was space for our 2 dogs, which is why I wanted the Highfield FCT Console or similar.....or I woulda gone with an AB Mares. I didn’t like the Eurohelms, and the only other brands that seem to make a Eurohelm style helm are Zar and Gala.

    The single biggest factor that sold us on the AB is simply that the floor on the AB is flat from tube to tube, and the Highfield floor is flat in the center, but then takes a sharp angle up towards the tubes......read: less floor space for the doggos.

    I’m saving a ton of $$ by building the tender. Got sweet deals from:
    —Defender.com: AB 10 VS
    —Onlineoutboards.com: Suzuki DF25 (power tilt n trim)
    —Nautical Ventures in West Palm : FCT Console 27315DBE-0B42-43ED-A177-2814FBA4AAC7.jpeg 9EA696FF-F666-4CEF-8B1D-322A0AC89B4B.jpeg 2FC3D688-8507-4A75-A4E1-4D7F06C83A46.jpeg 4363A9A7-2A4C-4A17-BF94-E8BEA17E6D2D.jpeg
     
  12. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    702
    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    I've been really happy with my Achilles 350 Rib built up as a center console with components from defender. I have a 30 HP Honda with power tilt. There is way more floor space and it is way lighter than the molded in seats and console. Mine weighs in at around 450 lbs with 6 gallons of fuel.
     
  13. All's Well

    All's Well Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    718
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '12 58 Sundancer
    900 MAN
    Lots of great information here - thanks everyone
    I didn't realize there were this many combinations to consider / choose from.

    I looked at the AB today, it's a 2015 12' Mares with a 40 horse Yamaha , one major disadvantage I see is the center seat requires you to step over vs the Highfield more open seating
     
  14. flyboycj84

    flyboycj84 Member

    86
    Feb 20, 2014
    Merritt Island FL
    2008 Meridian 391
    QSB 5.9

    That being the case.....If you don't mind the floor on the Highfield (angled up to the tubes like you see in my photo above) than I would go with the Highfield with the FCT Console. If you want the flat floor, and fiberglass....then I'd get the AB and put a Highfield FCT Console, or one of the standalone steering consoles that AB offers.

    Yep, lots of choices, lol.
     
  15. Gary B

    Gary B Member

    231
    May 20, 2015
    Long Island
    2007 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM 11
    We have an AB 10’ with a 20 hp Yamaha 4 stroke. We are very happy with both the AB and Yamaha. We have a lab and a lab mix. I agree with the previous comments on the flat fiberglass deck which is great with the furry mates.

    This is my 4th Yamaha motor and each one has been excellent. I can not say the same for my previous experience with Mercury marine products. The only issue with the AB is what was mentioned by others with the stainless eyes and it’s really not a big deal. It’s also quite easy to replace the stainless bow & stern eyes. I have had Quicksilver and Achilles inflatables previously. By far the AB is the best one.
    I would definitely buy one again
    Good luck
     
  16. All's Well

    All's Well Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    718
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '12 58 Sundancer
    900 MAN
    Thank you for that feedback as well
     

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