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Old 10 February 2005, 21:05   #1
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Hi everyone, Ive been saving my money for the past year and finally have enough for my first rib/sib. Im a student in Vancouver BC and cant wait to have my first boat. Ive been working my ass off as a cook for the last year.
Now onto the business. The Boat show is on Saturday.
Im probably going to get the Mercury Airdeck 340 with a Merc 25 2 stroke.
What do you guys think about this combination for a first boat going to be used in calm ocean bays and rivers? Thanks! Look forward to getting one!
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Old 10 February 2005, 22:23   #2
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I am not famiar with mercury airdeck can you post a link.!
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Old 10 February 2005, 22:52   #3
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oops, ur probably familiar with quicksilver sorry

Its the quicksilver airdeck 340. In north america they are marketed under mercury. Ill fix my original post.
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Old 11 February 2005, 04:02   #4
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Hi Sirus and........

...welcome to the Forum.

I recall the feeling of having to save ones hard earnt cash in order to purchase your first boat, it's a great feeling.

Anyway..... A 340 with a 25 on the tail is going to fly like the wind, in fact if I were honest, I'd question why you are going for this combination. I used to have a 380 with a 15hp 2 stroke on the tail, it would easily plane and cruise all day at a very respectable speed with 3 big blokes aboard. Further, it would easily pull a 9 stone skier, in fact my pals and I taught all our kids and the dragaons how to ski behind her.

Anyway, the point is, if you opt for the 380 and a 15hp I THINK - only THINK - that you'll end up spending the same money. In return you'll get a far more seaworthy SIB which, will push you along just as well if not better if and when you decide to venture out into something other than calm lakes and rivers. Further, the 380 gives a better ride, enables you to pack more gear and take more friends.

The 15hp is one hell of a lot easier to man handle than the 25hp - I'd advise you to think about that one - furthermore, the difference between pack size between the two inflatables is neglegible.

Anyway mate, just my humble opinion, go for what makes you happy. Keep us informed, post some pics and above all be safe and have fun.

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Old 11 February 2005, 04:15   #5
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Yep.

I really agree with MEME.

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Old 11 February 2005, 06:29   #6
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IT kinda hurts me to say this....but so do I ! urghh!

We had a 15 hp on a 3.4 and it was plenty
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Just had a look at the Quicksilver catalogue and the max HP for the 340 Airdeck is 15HP

max engine weight 50kg
max persons 5

I am sure you will have a lot of fun with the 340
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Hi Sirius,

Always great to see other Canadians on Rib.net. I had seen the quicksilver RIBs/SIBs at a boat show here in Winnipeg. What I would suggest is, if you haven't committed to the quicksilver yet, that you check out 2 other places close to you in Vancouver. These are www.polarisboats.com based in Langley, and www.racing-inflatables.com in Parkersville B.C.

I had visited the polaris plant about a year ago and the quality and value of these boats is amazing. Guy, one of the 2 owners, took alot of time showing me around the plant, I was totally impressed.

As for the outfit in Parkersville, they distribute the Gemini Surf 380/420 tunnel hull SIBs which I have heard great things about as well. They are available with either hypalon or PVC tubes. DO NOT go with the PVC tubes even if they cost a little less than hypalon!

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Hi Sirius,

Always great to see other Canadians on Rib.net. I had seen the quicksilver RIBs/SIBs at a boat show here in Winnipeg. What I would suggest is, if you haven't committed to the quicksilver yet, that you check out 2 other places close to you in Vancouver. These are www.polarisboats.com based in Langley, and www.racing-inflatables.com in Parkersville B.C.

I had visited the polaris plant about a year ago and the quality and value of these boats is amazing. Guy, one of the 2 owners, took alot of time showing me around the plant, I was totally impressed.

As for the outfit in Parkersville, they distribute the Gemini Surf 380/420 tunnel hull SIBs which I have heard great things about as well. They are available with either hypalon or PVC tubes. DO NOT go with the PVC tubes even if they cost a little less than hypalon!

Good Luck

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Yep, have to agree to this too. Definitly buy hypalon and no pvc. I have had some pvc boats and they don't last long in the combination sunlight and cleaning.
But then hypalon is most likely more expensive then pvc. As you said this is the first time for you buying a rib. When you will buy a pvc boat, remember not to place it in the sun for a long period (weeks) and try to use a quality suitable wax to keep the boat clean as simple as only have to use water and bits of soft soap.

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Nice name for a town , sounds familiar
I like it already
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