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Old 27 April 2011, 10:08   #1
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380 bombard aerotech

I am thinking of upgrading my SIB

I have seen a 380 bombard aerotech on ebay but the seller has mentioned that the valves leak air slightly and he will include new valves.

Are these easy to change?

Also currently I have a 320 airdeck and it is far to bumpy on the sea.

Would a bombard be significantly better?(Less bumpy)

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Old 27 April 2011, 11:01   #2
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Old 27 April 2011, 11:16   #3
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The 0.6m difference in lenght and gain in beam will improve the ride im sure but i think that a hard floor (ali / wood) would be less bumpy and have better stability compared to a air deck. But then this does add weight to the setup and is a whole different issue.

Im not sure on the valves so cant help here.

I would recommend, if you can, to invest in the biggest SIB possible with ali floor. I have a 3.3m ali floor and cant wait to get a 4.8m bad boy.

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I recon you should be able to clean out the old ones & if not they just screw in & out!
I have one & it is one hell of a lot of fun for something that is easy & light to carry & fits in the back of the car no problem, but may be better than most Sibs but it ant a Rib!
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Also currently I have a 320 airdeck and it is far to bumpy on the sea.

Would a bombard be significantly better?(Less bumpy)
Yes. The Aerotec 380 will perform much better than your current boat. The hull is an entirely different design and is a massive improvement over a flat air floor with an inflatable keel.

I would say that an Aerotec hull actually performs as well as a conventional wood or ali floor with an inflatable keel. Plus it's lighter and has more internal freeboard.
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I think you will bounce just as much ....... but going faster with a bigger smile on your face ....

Great boats with a very good reputation....now I want one too !
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I think you should have a look here before it sells:-


http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=41045
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Thanks for that but slightly out my price range!!

The one i saw on ebay is currently 200 with 2 days to go so i was hoping for a bargain!
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Well I had to ...sorry ......

Now I need an engine..!

It may be a summer toy and for sale in a few months..
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