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WEST MARINE Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat

Model # 14460885Mfg # MS-310/0RIB

$1,899.00

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This boat’s rigid fiberglass hull makes the Compact RIB-310 a good choice for anyone looking for high performance, minimal maintenance and super-fast set-up and tear-down. Innovative design can be inflated or deflated in less than ten minutes. The fully folding transom is extremely compact, stowing as easily as a sailboard and creates an easy-to-transport flat form. The buoyancy tubes are made of premium German Heytex fabric with a large, custom color rubstrake and reinforced cone ends to resist tears and punctures. The boat's solid fiberglass hull features a deeper V-profile that is stronger, planes very quickly, and offers a much smoother ride than previous models. Additional upgrades include USA-made Halkey-Roberts valves and a wooden bench seat. Includes aluminum oars, oarlocks, lifelines, towing rings, bow handle, inflation pump, carry bag, and repair kit.

  • Application: Sportboat/Performance Tender
  • Length: 10'1"
  • Beam: 4'11"
  • Stowed Dimensions: 7'5" x 3'7" x 13"
  • Max. HP: 10
  • Max. Capacity lb./Persons: 881lb./4
  • Weight: 95 lb.
  • Fabric: 1100 decitex PVC-coated polyester
  • Tube Diameter: 16"
  • Number of Chambers: 2
  • Bottom Shape: V-shape
  • Floor: Fiberglass
  • Transom Construction: Marine plywood
  • Seam Construction: Glued seam
  • Warranty: Five years air holding/one year parts and accessories

 

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Specs

Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat

Durability Very Good
Material Fiberglass Floor and PVC Hull
Performance Very Good
Length 10'1"
Horsepower 10hp
Portability Good
Chambers 2 Chambers
Diameter 16"
Capacity 881 Pounds
Shape V-Shape
Warranty Details Five Years Air Holding
One Year Parts and Accessories
Weight 95 Pounds
Width 59"

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West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat
 
4.3

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4.0

Decent quality, decent value

By Barnacle Bill

from Seattle, WA

Pros

  • planes well
  • rows well

Cons

  • useless pressure gauge
  • useless tank strap

Best Uses

    Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

    I've owned the West Performance Wood Floor and this boat. After I lost the wood floor, I was debating whether to buy another one, this West RIB, or one of the "ultralight" RIBs from another vendor. I like this boat for its portability--it's not as transportable as the wood floor, since it doesn't break down into two separate packages (you can carry the boat and the floor of the wood floor separately and it's more manageable that way). But it rows better and planes (with the same 6HP Tohatsu) more easily than the wood floor. Not amazingly better planing, but moderately better. In other words, with 3 adults neither boat will plane with a 6 HP, but both will plane with 1 or 2 adults. It's also nice that you can grind it right up onto a gravel beach without worrying about puncture, and it's only 5 pounds more than the wood floor. Some of the ultralight RIBs in this category are 20 or so pounds lighter, but they're also at least $1000 more.
    I don't find that the lack of a solid transom to bottom connection affects performance, but that might be different with an 8 or 10 HP.
    The scupper is both too high and leaks like a sieve, which means you have to be quite conscious of unplugging it when towing the dink and plugging it the moment you step in.

    Service and delivery comments:

    As another reviewer noted, the tank strap is pitiful. I broke it the first day I owned the boat. Mea culpa--you shouldn't be trying to lift the whole boat with that strap, but it is a tempting place to grab on. The problem was with getting the buckle replaced. After trips to 3 different West Marine stores, I still don't have a replacement buckle. The most maddening visit was to a store in a cruising destination where there were 2 RIBs on the floor. I asked if I could take one of the buckles. The response: "We can order one and get it here in 12 days." I wasn't going to be there for 12 days, but they still wouldn't give me a $2 buckle, presumably on the presumption that two different people might walk in and want to buy a new RIB in that time. This is the frustrating thing about West Marine: sometimes the service is excellent (as it is in my local store in Seattle), and sometimes it's horrific.

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    3.0

    A stupid complaint

    By Al

    from And ak

    Verified Buyer

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      Cons

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          Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

          Have not tried th,e boat yet, but it looks fine. The problem is the carrying case.
          The case is double lined, with extra heavy duty zippers and so sturdy that I could use it for shipping. It must have cost $200.. Why. Knock 200 off the boat and loose the extra deluxe case

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          • No
           
          5.0

          we love it!

          By Julie D

          from Colorado

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • size, quality, sturdy

          Cons

          • Cant think of any

          Best Uses

          • dinghy/tender

          Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

          We were pleasantly surprised in several ways. Comes in a nice zipped/heavy duty cover. Extremely easy to inflate/assemble, right out of the box, no tools needed; only took about 15 minutes before we had the motor on and were underway. High quality manufacture. Perfect size for us-- comfy for four adults or two adults and 2 dogs. Small enough to sit behind our boat in the slip. We got an 8 hp motor and it zips around nicely. Deflating with the foot pump not so easy; I think we will use electric for that next time but to inflate with the foot pump is not too bad and is regulated so as not to over inflate-- nice feature.

          Service and delivery comments:

          WM did not ship for 5 days-- so it was a little slower than expected. We intercepted the delivery from the shipper's warehouse and saved 2 days. That took a little finagling but both WM and the shipper (Saia) handled our requests very well and with good customer service.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Little RIB

          By On the Job

          from Rochester, NY

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Light For Rib
          • Solid feel

          Cons

          • Hard To Fold Transom Flat
          • Storage Bag Tight

          Best Uses

          • Transom Dingy

          Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

          I've had this RIB for one season now. I have a Yamaha F9.9 on it. I had a Mercury Air Deck previous to this and I never like the soft unstable floor. Didn't ride well in chop and was actually heavier than this RIB. I love having a stable solid fiberglass floor. It's fast too. With one adult I got it up to 23-24 mph. It's a bit squirrelly at that speed though like you really have to concentrate. I've had the motor for a few years but the problem is the motor weighs more than the RIB. You need to get weight up front or the bow skies up. With 2 adults and two small kids I can get it up to 14-15 mph. You also need the smaller 2.5 gallon gas tank which fits perfect where the tie downs are. I can use it all week on that tank. I have the RIB on Hurley Davits on the molded swim platform of my 34' Sea Ray for trips. It's tight but works fine. No regrets so far.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          NIce branded Zodiac RIB

          By Robert

          from Annapolis, MD

          Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

          This is the latest generation of a foldable RIB I first bought in 2004 and still use as a yacht tender. Built by Zodiac for WM, with custom features and slightly longer (and less expensive) than a similar Zodiac Cadet model. The folding transom is a great feature for off-season storage, and on-deck stowage. The boat weight a little more than 90 lbs and can be lifted by one man if needed. As a RIB, it is tough, planes easily, and will handle the new heavier 4-stroke outboards. I use a 9.8 HP with no problem. Best bet is to get one of those fuel tanks that hangs on the transom, right under the outboard. The construction is PVC/fabric, which means it is lighter than hypalon but requires additional UV care & protection. I've had good luck with my 2004 model and 303 Protectant after a thorough annual cleaning. Easy to patch and repair. This is a good value WM product.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT CHOICE - GREAT DINK

          By RandyOnR3

          from Cruising Worldwide

          Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

          We use the boat as a tender to our boat while cruising. Compact and fits well between the dodger and the mast on our FIRST42.
          Its a little heavy to load and unload but works great as a tender..

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          OK but could be better

          By Jim

          from Morekead City NC

          Pros

          • Capacity
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Fuel Tank Mounting

          Best Uses

          • Sailing Chase Boat
          • Tender

          Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

          The fuel tank tie down is useless. The boat needs a platform or flat area where the fuel tank mounts. Without that the tank slides to one side or the other. Because of the strain the little screws that hold the tank strap brackets pulled loose. They are pretty puny. otherwise good boat fot the money. Use an outboard with an internal fuel tank and this won't be a problem.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Rib is great, storage bag not so much.

          By JT

          from Pittsfield ma

          Pros

          • Does All That Is Claimed

          Cons

          • Weight

          Best Uses

          • Tender

          Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

          Storage bag is very tight, you may never get it back in. Needs a few more inches all the way around. It is so tight it takes several people, you have to force it and bend the seams an edges, not a good way to treat a pricey dingy.

          (57 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Choice

          By Winnipesaukee

          from Spring Lake, MI

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Very stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about West Marine Compact RIB-310 Folding Transom Rigid Inflatable Boat:

              I purchased this for a tender to my 38' boat. It has far exceeded my expectations. Very stable to get in and out of. Surprisingly roomy. We carry chairs, coolers, etc to the beach from the boat. We have an 8hp Mercury on it with a Weaver Leaver. It draws next to nothing so it is very easy to get a fully loaded boat and persons right to the shore. Kids love it as well. With an 8hp it will get up on plain very fast with 2 people totaling 350 lbs. We have had 5 adults on it for a short marina cruise and again it is dry and stable. Comes with a great quality storage bag, pressure gauge, and high capacity foot pump. I was told at the store it was not china made and not made by zodiac, however it has a zodiac registration card and the capacity plate says made in China hmmmm. So far it has beed a great purchase and a welcome addition to the boat.

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