This depends on how often you use it. Vinyl can be okay. Just heavier than Urethane. The outer cover would be more a concern I would think. Try to find a PVC coated over the nylon covers. If you are going to hit it hard and heavy, then nothing wrong with spending more. I do believe you get what you pay for. The frame is another issue. Aluminum for the weight factor. Check welds. Skykomish is a nice boat for sure. Might want to look a little further into the U shaped pontoons. There is a day / night difference between them and the two individual pontoons.