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Old 22 October 2014, 05:43   #11
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I wonder which 3.8 SIB you have your eye on for an upgrade blootac?
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Old 22 October 2014, 06:31   #12
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Old 22 October 2014, 06:49   #13
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Fenlander,
I've got my eye on a Highfield CL380, not quite a SIB in that it won't collapse but still has wheels so can be wheeled up a beach, plus the 15 deg deadrise should make quite an improvement to my flat floor and is quite a bit cheaper than the OM420, although the 420 is a much more capable boat...
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I know the recommended for the CL380 is 20hp but I thought that I could probably get away with a 15 for the short term.
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Old 22 October 2014, 07:22   #14
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I've said it before, but I reckon that lightweight aluminium RIBs could be a really good alternative to SIBs for anyone who doesn't need to deflate the boat to store it.

It would be very interesting to put one of these head to head with an Aerotec sometime.
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Old 22 October 2014, 07:55   #15
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>>> I reckon that lightweight aluminium RIBs could be a really good alternative to SIBs for anyone who doesn't need to deflate the boat to store it.

Agreed. In the past we've had trailed 13ft - 17ft boats but currently the need for compact storage in the garage and suitability of not having to tow on long holiday trips makes a SIB ideal.

But should circumstances change a small light RIB with 20hp max would be of great interest. Even if you have to trail to your destination the ability to use SIB type transom wheels to launch in tight places where a car and trailer might struggle is an interesting option.

We were on the pontoon last year when a couple in their 50s wheeled one of these down and launched it smoothly straight off the side of the pontoon into the sea. It was so light and easy to handle (a 3.4 I think).

We chatted to them and they were really pleased with it, if I remember correctly they'd imported it specially from Australia having seen it at the boat show.
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Old 22 October 2014, 08:00   #16
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Yeah it's a compromise.
I've grown up with Avon Rovers R330 and R310 but I slipped three discs in my neck in May when I lifted the outboard awkwardly out of the car so I've decided to get a small trailer (considering an indespension coaster micro, which is big enough to hold the CL380), not to launch with but to get to the beach with so I no longer have to lift anything.

Given that I'm now limiting myself to having a trailer, the huge advantage of a SIB is no longer applicable, so I'm left contemplating a RIB like the OM420 which still has a low draft (30cm ish apparently) or the CL380 which is a lot lighter (meaning smaller outboard = less fuel etc) and can still be dragged up and down a beach by a single person. but that compromise then comes with no fixed vhf/plotter/gadgets and no cross channel attempts!
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Old 22 October 2014, 08:19   #17
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And of course my advice re outboards was all SIB based... not quite so appropriate if you are going to a small RIB with trailer.

Having said that where there are two different outputs for the same weight (i.e. 15 vs 20) I'd always go for the higher output.
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I've said it before, but I reckon that lightweight aluminium RIBs could be a really good alternative to SIBs for anyone who doesn't need to deflate the boat to store it.

It would be very interesting to put one of these head to head with an Aerotec sometime.
I like the look of the Ribeye aluminum tender ribs and my brother in law has a Brig 360 with a 30 hp 2 St on it and I can only just out run it with my Sr4 with the 50hp 2St on it
But it is hard going and you have to be young with balls of steel to run it flat out in anything but flat calm conditions! Still got to be better than a Sib kept on a trailer though!
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Old 22 October 2014, 09:59   #19
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If you are always trailering and leave the engine on and generally use a slip then a baby-RIB all the way I reckon.
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The problem you have is that until you buy your new boat, the engine will live on an older Avon 310. You are not going to get an engine that will do both jobs brilliantly.

Fenlander has the right idea, buy the best Tohatsu 9.8 2 stroke you can find and use that on the current sib.When its time to buy the mini rib, sell the Tohatsu for the same money and buy an engine that suits your new boat.
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