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Old 18 May 2014, 07:32   #1
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2nd hand Vs New 3.8 SIB

Im in the position to buy a second hand Bombard 3.8 with a few scuffs and a couple of patches on floor but holds air well and in decent condition. Or i could buy a new honwave 3.8 air floor. Which would you go for and why?

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Old 18 May 2014, 08:06   #2
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Haggle on the Bombard.
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Inflatable Boat | eBay

might be worth a look.

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Old 18 May 2014, 13:59   #4
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Old 18 May 2014, 14:31   #5
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If you were asking to compare a 10yr old hard floor Bombard/Zodiac with a similar size hard floor Honwave at similar prices I'd probably go for the Honwave.

However if you want a "performance" inflatable then the Bombard Aerotec is probably the way to go. But do check it really is as good condition as is being presented as a few pro repairs needed on the Bombard might swing the value stakes towards the Honwave.
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Old 18 May 2014, 14:47   #6
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Just back from a truly epic maiden day on my new Aerotec, will post more in the other topic but I'm seriously blown away, as would be any other SIB by it. It really is unique. And yes, haggle on that Bombard price. Never be afraid of patches, if not done properly just remove them and do a pro job at home.
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Just back from a truly epic maiden day on my new Aerotec, will post more in the other topic but I'm seriously blown away, as would be any other SIB by it. It really is unique. And yes, haggle on that Bombard price. Never be afraid of patches, if not done properly just remove them and do a pro job at home.
Why so good? What are you comparing to? Don't get me wrong, I am really pleased you like it, just wondered why its soo good compared to others? One always wonders if you have the right boat, I've got a quicksilver 430hd with a 30 on the back and just went 6 miles off shore(29 miles round trip as start in estuary) yesterday and not sure I would want to do that in such a light boat, but I probably cant be bothered to take mine to pool harbour for a couple of days, but I would a bombard. Compromise, compromise, compromise. Thanks and look forward to the pics
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Btw. Am I right in thinking they say that pvc boats only have a 10 yr life? In which case be careful on the older boat if too old.
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We have a 10 year old excell dinghy which hasnt really been well looked after but regularly used & its still perfect id expect another 10 years out of it
Dunno where a 10 year life comes from
My pal has a bombard & id happily say its a better boat than any of the ones with inflatable sausage keels
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We have a 10 year old excell dinghy which hasnt really been well looked after but regularly used & its still perfect id expect another 10 years out of it
Dunno where a 10 year life comes from
My pal has a bombard & id happily say its a better boat than any of the ones with inflatable sausage keels

The problem isnt the PVC, its the glue that holds it all together. Official line is 10 years, but a lot last longer. We have 2 identical age Bombards in family (1999), the 380 is perfect,but the AX2 has already fallen apart. You can go from a perfect boat, to a basket case in a few days. The AX2 had no issues at all, till the transom simply fell off
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