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Old 18 January 2003, 17:53   #1
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Inflatable Boat Trailer

No, not a trailer that inflates. A trailer for an inflatable boat. I'm looking for a trailer for a 3.4m inflatable boat please. Any ideas or offers?

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Old 18 January 2003, 17:57   #2
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Welcome back Keith...

What's this - looking for a trailer.

You used to be a strong advocate of deflate and pack in the back of the car
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Old 19 January 2003, 03:28   #3
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Errrrrrr, well yes.

You see having TWICE been planning to take Quicksilver back down to Birmingham, and due to unforseen circumstances (ie. extra passenger/load), being unable to do so, I thought that the only way I can guarantee having the room, was to get a (oh, the word is sticking in my throat) trailer.

It will also slow me down so that I do not get caught on the A9 speed cameras!

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Old 19 January 2003, 04:06   #4
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How about a roof rack if it's only going to be for emergencies?

If you resort to a trailer you'll have to use it all the time (or you're bopund not to have it when you need it), in which case you may as well upgrade to a RIB

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Old 19 January 2003, 10:50   #5
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Another thought.......

How about a small open-type trailer in which you could pack the (deflated) SIB, engine, fuel and all other acoutroments. You would then be ready to roll at a moments notice - just hitch up and go. They also have their uses for other things like going to the council tip, collecting the bacon from Tescos or even moving your alter-ego's props.

I once had a Snipe trailer for carrying my SIB (many years ago) but that was all it could do apart from being very useful for moving 8ft x 4ft sheets of plywood.
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in which case you may as well upgrade to a RIB

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If you resort to a trailer you'll have to use it all the time (or you're bopund not to have it when you need it), in which case you may as well upgrade to a RIB

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Now theres an idea Keith. Think about it. If you are going to be towing around something anyway.................
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Alternativly a caravan then you have thebest of both worlds!! Alan P
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Old 23 January 2003, 04:44   #9
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Trailer would be a great idea, one of the disadvantages of a sib is the time and effort to blow the vinyl veera thing up then attach engine etc

On a trailer you would always be ready to go, yet you would still have the advantage of a lightweight boat which you can lug around when launching with a trailer is not pos

I've often thought it must be inconvenient to pack a wet , dirty , muddy boat back into the boot of a car

You would also prolong the life of your rib by not being folded all the time & if you ever came to sell, it would be a more attractive package

You would get away with a jetski trailer, which is what I think the 3.1 avon ribs use anyway, should easily be able to get hold of one of these seconhand, a jockey wheel type and the ability to mount a winch would be usefull, reckon you could get hold of one for about 150 squid

New would be 500 squid

You would have so much more room by being able to store gear in the rib as you tow with a cover

Trailer = less effort = more time on the water = more enjoyment

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/p...=7&Submit.y=15

You know it makes sense
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Old 23 January 2003, 17:08   #10
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I spent a lot of time looking for a trailer for my 2 SIBs - the first 1 3.3 Metre Yam, the later a 4.3 Metre Quicksilver, with the idea of blowing the boat up at home, then saving time at launch.

Indespension make a couple of models, but are a little expensive. I searched for a second hand one but never found one.

You cannot use a standard trailer, as a SIB needs support for its tubes - so most RIB / Boat / Jetski Trailers do not provde this.

My answer was to buy a small box trailer - a Daxara Model from Indesension, but the Halfords ones are very smilar. In this way you can carry the boat and engine in the trailer, leaving room in the car.

I then bought a cheap 12V electric air pump, which will put the volume of air into the tubes, leaving just the pressure to put in with the manual foot pump.

To be honest I found doing this took not much longer that undoing all the ropes, lighting boards etc etc from the RIB.

Also if the boat is wet and mudy you can stow it in the trailer without its bag and hose it off at home.

Hope this helps - if you want to try it with a trailer for a trip le me know and you can have the use of mine to see how you get on.
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