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Old 11 January 2008, 07:49   #21
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You mentioned that you are about to buy a 4.3m SIB. I came across this yesterday:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW430-QUICKSI...QQcmdZViewItem

I know the Quicksilver boats are very well made and, if the picture is correct, that's a 30hp Yamaha 2 stroke. I have the same motor on my 4.3m SIB and it is excellent.

Just thought it might be of interest!
Thanks Trickdog - I had seen it actually and was very tempted, but engine is 85kg - a bit heavy for me!!

Also wanted to go for a more neutral colour that wouldn't show fading so much.

It is a fantastic deal though!!
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Old 11 January 2008, 08:06   #22
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I know what you mean about the neutral colour. That was an issue when I bought my Yamaha 4.3 SIB. It was a choice between my boat or the Quicksilver and I was partly swayed by the Yamaha's attrcative grey and blue tubes.

But if I were making the same choice again I would probably go for the Quicksilver. They are very sturdy and a red SIB would be much easier to locate if you ever needed rescue.

I appreciate the engine is heavy but that boat would perform really well with it. And Yamaha are great motors.
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Old 11 January 2008, 08:52   #23
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I know what you mean about the neutral colour. That was an issue when I bought my Yamaha 4.3 SIB. It was a choice between my boat or the Quicksilver and I was partly swayed by the Yamaha's attrcative grey and blue tubes.

But if I were making the same choice again I would probably go for the Quicksilver. They are very sturdy and a red SIB would be much easier to locate if you ever needed rescue.

I appreciate the engine is heavy but that boat would perform really well with it. And Yamaha are great motors.
You make an interesting point there about the red, Trickdog. The boat I'm looking at - an Excel 430 - does come in red, so I'll give it some thought. I suppose it depends on what colour the sea is that you're on. Red would stand out nicely against a Caribbean blue, but grey might be better against an English...black?

I had another look at the engine with the Quicksilver and it looks like it might be an older model. Not sure.

Thanks again.
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Old 11 January 2008, 09:24   #24
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Lordy I think that motor would be an older model because Yamaha do not sell 2 strokes anymore in the UK. But it does say new with 2 years warranty. So I guess it's just one they have had in stock for while.

Anyway... Whichever set up you go for, I hope you get as much enjoyment from your SIB as I have. I've been boating on and off for over 30 years, but I've had some of the best times with the SIB.

If you're new to boating, do take it easy until you gain a bit of experience! You may want to learn a little seamanship... I would recommend an RYA powerboat course, but the following are also good:

http://www.sailtrain.co.uk/index.htm (aimed at yachtsmen but really useful)
http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/me..._centre#142348 (see the 'sea safety' section)
http://www.rnli.org.uk/upload/comple..._up_safety.htm (quirky interface but interesting)

Or a good book is http://www.rya.org.uk/Shop/Cultures/en-GB/g13.htm

Have fun!
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Thanks again Trickdog - they're really useful links.

There's a powerboat school down in Salcombe where I'll be keeping the boat, so I'd planned to get some training from them first.

Cheers!!
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