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Old 11 September 2014, 10:25   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Sussex
Boat name: Bombard, Y-162
Make: Aerotec 380, Y-Class
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury Mariner 15hp
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You can but a 2 stroke is simpler, easier to maintain, lighter, picks up better, not fussed about being layed down, much easier to sell on and holds it value far better(respected brand 9.8/15 hp 2 strokes have probably outperformed most other mainstream investments over the past 10 years). Have you read the sticky?

I've always put any unused pre-mix in the lawn mower, the oil won't do it any harm whatsover, in fact before we went all diesel it went in our old Focus - no problem!

Only disadvantage I can think of with 2 stroke is a bit more noise compared to 4 stroke and maybe the chance of oiling up.

If I was you I'd make a decision to go displacement or planing - if disp' then buy a nice little looked after 3.4 Zodiac airfloor and pair it with a 6 or 8hp, for this sort of use the 2 stroke maybe has less advantages.

Forget hard floors if you want to be able to lift it in and out of the canal/river/shore by hand.

If planing then a 15 2 stroke is the one. You can always put a hard plastic/wood floor on the airfloor - many do this.

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Old 11 September 2014, 16:27   #12
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If you decide that you're really only going to go at displacement speeds then any air deck will be fine. No need to spend out on an Aerotec, and no reason to go for a hard floor as rigidity isn't going to be a big deal.
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Old 12 September 2014, 03:55   #13
Country: UK - England
Make: Excel
Length: 4m +
Engine: Evinrude 30hp
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Take a look at Excel Inflatables on t'interweb. I own one. Lots of choice. Good price and good quality with a 5 yr warranty on materials and construction.
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Old 15 September 2014, 01:35   #14
Country: UK - England
Town: North Lincs
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Engine: Parsun 15hp
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I have the Excel SD 330 air floor and can confirm that I stand up to do a lot of my fishing. The air floor is not as rigid as an aluminium floor but I find it does the job well.


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