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PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat

$1,199.00

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Model # 14272462 | Mfg # P-SB-275 WD FL

Product Description

Offering unrivaled durability and stability, the segmented wood floors of these models deliver a great balance of convenience, performance and portability at a very attractive price. The marine-grade plywood floors of these models resists flex to deliver superior handling and more directly transmit power to forward speed, making them the top performers in the inflatable category.

They’re quick to plane, corner with minimal flex or wobble, and have been redesigned to achieve even better handling characteristics and higher top speeds than ever before. In addition, the weight capacity has almost doubled from prior models and is now the best in class. Expanded standard equipment now includes premium Halkey-Roberts air valves and 1100 decitex, PVC-coated, German Heytex fabric. Complete with wooden bench seat, aluminum oars, built-in oarlocks, lifelines, towing rings, bow handle, inflation pump and repair kit.

  • Application: Performance Wood Floor Sportboat
  • Length: 9'
  • Beam: 5'
  • Stowed Dimensions: 3'8" x 2' x 1'1"
  • Max HP: 10
  • Max. Capacity lb./Persons: 1103lb./4
  • Weight: 90lb.
  • Fabric: 1100 decitex PVC-coated polyester
  • Tube Diameter: 17"
  • Number Of Chambers: 3+1
  • Bottom Shape: Inflatable V
  • Floor: Marine plywood
  • Transom Construction: Marine plywood
  • Seam Construction: Glued
  • Warranty: Five years air holding/one year parts and accessories

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Specs

PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat

Capacity 1103 Pounds
Durability Good
Chambers 4 Chambers
Diameter 17"
Horsepower 10hp
Length 9'
Performance Very Good
Material Marine Plywood Floor and PVC Hull
Portability Very Good
Shape Inflatable V-Shape
Warranty Details Five Years Air Holding
One Year Parts and Accessories
Width 60"
Weight 90 Pounds

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West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat
 
3.9

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good deal great boat!

So far have only had it out on the water once and it felt very stable with 2 people in it (myself at 6'7" ~ 210 and wife at 5'8"...Read complete review

So far have only had it out on the water once and it felt very stable with 2 people in it (myself at 6'7" ~ 210 and wife at 5'8" ~130). It can be a little small for more than 2 people especially if you don't have an outboard like us and depend on rowing. The boat is developed by Zodiak for west marine and you can see that in the quality of materials used. The boat felt very solid once fully assembled. Assembling the floor was a bit of a chore and to get the rigid side bars in was a pain, but once together this should be almost as good as a rib. So far so good!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would not suggest this boat

We have a cruising sailboat and have been using this dinghy since July of 2012.
This is our second boat. The first one failed after a month and was replaced under warranty...Read complete review

We have a cruising sailboat and have been using this dinghy since July of 2012.
This is our second boat. The first one failed after a month and was replaced under warranty because we had water leaking in possibly through the drain valve. We seem to have the same problem with this boat but not nearly as bad. I don't like the fact that we always have 1/2 inch of water inside the boat. We also had problems with the oar locks. The little plastic piece on the paddle that locks into the fitting on the boat has broken twice. Once it broke off and half the fitting remained in the boat. I brought the boat back to west who were able to remove it and gave me a new Fitting for the paddle. The boat is slightly over a year old and we are starting to see problems with the tubes. They seem to be getting "sticky"and I'm worried it won't clean up.

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5.0

great boat for the money

By Captain Bob

from Downeast Maine

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • soid and fast with 8hp motor

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

      works as advertised

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Some Serious Problems

      By John

      from Ontario Canada

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult to assemble
        • Finish on wood transom and floorboards not water
        • Heavier than stated,
        • Watch for de-lamination of "marine plywood"

        Best Uses

        • Occasional use

        Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

        Purchased this boat for use as a tender to my sail boat moored in a river. This dinghy is in the water from the end of May to the beginning of October since the end of June 2013. That is total service of about 11 or 12 months. The first sign of trouble was some of the PVC coming off the floor of the boat on both sides of the fabric at exactly the same spot. I patched that and carried on. Last season the boat always seemed to have a little water in it and again there was another spot where the PVC came away from the floor fabric on both sides.
        The transom is de-laminating in the lower corners near the pontoons and some of the PVC is away from the transom.
        There is a batten across the inside of the transom just above the drain hole. It may be there as a stiffener for the 1/2 in. "marine plywood" transom. It's main function seems to be to collect moisture and dirt which seems to promote the decay of a "marine paint" that is not up to the job.
        Because of this poor paint performance the floorboards seem heavier and the forward panel (#1 floor board) has cupped. I have been in contact with West Marine Customer Service, but the transom and wood components are out of warranty.
        I will be repairing the transom with epoxy, re glueing the PVC fabric and painting the wood components with polyurethane Yacht Paint to see if I can get another year (4 months) or two. Be advised that this boat replaced a smaller ZODIAC ZOOM that was 8 years old and was still as solid as a rock when I sold it. I have learned a valuable lesson.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great customer service at pickup

        By Charlie19

        from Bristol, RI

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

        Have not had an opportunity to use the boat.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great boat

        By Rick

        from Overland Park KS

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

        Very good product for the price.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Yes

        By Reasons

        from Florida keys

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

        For a very inexpensive dingy, it plains well, Is stable and follows the boat well.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I picked it up at store. Had it in two days.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Mislabeled capacity

        By Leo

        from Casco Bay Maine

        Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

        I haven't used the boat yet but was very disappointed to discover after it arrived that it is rated for only 3.5 persons despite being advertised as rated for 4. The assembly instructions are very poor.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Nice prompt delivery. When I contacted customer service about the discrepancy in rated capacity vs advertised capacity for number of persons they tried to tell me the rating plate could be ignored and didn't mean anything. I suspect my local marine patrol and Coast Guard may not agree as they write me a ticket.

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        2014 model great dinghy, great price!

        By Slip Aweigh

        from Cape Cod

        Pros

        • Inflatable Keel
        • price
        • Roll up
        • Wood Floor

        Cons

        • Dinghy Lock Ring Small
        • Floor Instructions
        • Grab Lines On Top

        Best Uses

          Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

          Great Dinghy. For the price, it can't be beat. I wanted a Hypalon, but for something that will be in a case about 9 months a year it made sense to get the PVC dinghy. The outboard lock ring is too small to be used unless you actually padlock the lock to the ring, and have the cables go through the padlock. The other mentioned issues of floor boards being hard to install is due to poor directions (None) regarding order of installing. (at least none that we noted in the dinghy packaging.) The trick is to install the fwd and aft boards first, then slip the center two in last, lifting UP on the joint between boards 2 and 3. They flop down nice as you please! Then the aluminum side pieces lock the boards together. Wait for a sale on them. Great deal for a wood floor, air keel dinghy!

          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Dingy, tough to assemble

          By Howe Sound Mariner

          from Lions Bay, BC

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Stable
          • Tracks well

          Cons

          • Assembly
          • Grab Line Positioning

          Best Uses

          • Sailpower Dingy 26-32'

          Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

          I owned this dingy for over two years--was attracted to it because it's made by Zodiac, and it's one of those dingies that West Marine frequently offers on sale at considerable discount.

          I found the 275 performed very well in the water, and we never had wet boat problems. In the second year we moved from sail to power and it was quite stable and rigid on weaver davits. We had a 2.5 hp Yamaha on it, and it also rowed well, with the centre hull tube providing good straight line steerage.

          My issue with this dingy was how hard it was to assemble each Spring (we would roll and store in the house over winter.) We used soap, etc. but fitting the boards into seams of the tubes was really tough after the first season. It has to be assembled on a very flat surface--even some wood docks were problematic. I dreaded the re-assembly! Other minor knocks: the grab lines are valuable, but the positioning of them is on the tops of the tubes so you tend to have to sit on them. Other dingies I've had mount these lines down the side a bit so you have more comfortable sitting. And like another reviewer, the metal loop on the transom is too small to feed a lock cable through for either securing the engine to the dingy, or the dingy to the dock.

          Bottom line: I'd go back to an air deck dingy for sailing, and then only recommend this dingy if I were not frequently rolling and storing, and offered at a discounted price.

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid Boat

          By S/V AQ

          from Jersey Shore, NJ

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • clean
          • Comfortable
          • Compact

          Cons

          • Interesting To Assemble

          Best Uses

          • Exploring

          Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

          On my second one of these now. First one was second hand and did its job until it was time to retire it. The boat assembles interestingly. Use soap. Nice little boat. Two to three people and you are out of space but plenty of room if you are crusing at idle speed. I use a 6hp Merc 4 stroke on the back. I like how the newer versions of this boat of a tank tiedown.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice gift!

          By Pete Croft

          from Duncan, BC, Canada

          Pros

          • Good Floor
          • Good shape
          • Good size
          • Oars Easily Detachable

          Cons

          • Inflation Not Symmetrical
          • Oars Won't Swivel Inboard
          • Towing Rings Too Low
          • Transom Hooks Too Close

          Best Uses

            Comments about West Marine PSB-275 Performance Wood Floor Sportboat:

            This dinghy was a gift from a friend and replaced a leaky Avon Typhoon.
            There are some features I wish it had... namely that the oars could swivel inboard so it's less likely to fall into the water. Detaching the oars is quick and easy.

            I raise the dinghy out of the water when I'm not using it and I find the attachment points on the transom too close together.

            The divider between the two inflation tanks is on the port side. Not too sure why this was done as I find it more difficult to gauge the amount of inflation to keep the pressure balanced.

            The towing rings on either side are a bit low. They allow the towing painter to be more in the water. It's nice to have a ring at the bow which my Avon didn't have.

            The ring on the mounting plate for the outboard is too small to allow my Kryptonite cable to go through when I lock the dinghy at a dock.

            The drain in the centre is good. Easy to open and close even with a boat hook after hanging it!

            Nice to be able to adjust the position of the oar locks.

            It tows behind the sailboat very well.

            Overall, it's a good size, handles well, sturdy and looks good.

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