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Old 17 June 2011, 13:46   #11
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Nothing is more of an exercise in compromise than the world of boating. Like many of us here you might find the first boat you buy was not right and you quickly move on - think carefully though how serious you are about skiing - take that out of the equation and it opens up a lot more choice and a lot more lighter weight, easily managable rigs - if it *has* to be packed in a boot and you *really* need to do some skiing (will be gentle pairs skiing if a 25 HP SIB) then the 380 is probably the only thing to go for.

Without the skiing any of the air floor SIBS around 3.5m with a 10 or 15 HP 2 stroke will be very managable and affordable. Don't worry about the inflatable floor/fishing (spearing!) thing - a thin sheet of marine ply on the floor will protect it and give a better base for all the gear.
Hi Max and thanks for the response I appreciate it. Can I just check what you mean by "will be gentle pairs skiing if a 25 HP SIB", I didn't quite follow?

Hmm, do I need the skiing, I would have to say no (but I defo have to pack it away), however it adds an extra dimension to the fun it can bring. I suppose this choice comes down to the potencial price saving that eliminating this factor out would provide - any ideas roughly what I could save by cutting the skiing off would bring?

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Yeah I make a far better spearfisherman than a roddy lol
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Old 17 June 2011, 13:51   #12
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Fishing is not an issue - lots of nobbas on here do it. A bit of old lino on the floor and a big plastic box to bait up in and land fish into is the key.

And NO POINTY KNIVES!!!

After that it's a case of packing a clamshell repair kit and a means of reinflating a downed tube section. In case the worse does happen. You're much more likely to damage it against a pontoon or debris. Pumps are bulky to pack. I've been working on a compact solution for my tiny rig. This is what I've come up with. Next bit is to add a pressure gauge to it....
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Old 17 June 2011, 14:00   #13
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Tonye I spearfish off a Bombard aerotec 380. Its a popular spearo boat within the LIC and the BSA. They are a lot lighter than the ali floor equivalent and I launch mine single handed without any problems

I always cover the spear with an off cut piece of rubber aswell as covering the stringer just incase they come into contact witht the floor or tubes.

One thing I never do is put a fish on the deck. I leave it on the float, climb back in the boat then lift them out the water and straight into the cooler or storage box.

They great boats and take 10 minutes to inflate, no faffing around with flooring just roll it out and pump her up

I paid 650 for mine second hand. came with launch wheels, bow bag, foot pump and oars and cant be happier.


As far as launching goes its a piece of cake. I do cheat a little and tie the boat to the van roof rack and drive it up the slipway at the end of a hard days diving
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Old 17 June 2011, 14:21   #14
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Hi Max and thanks for the response I appreciate it. Can I just check what you mean by "will be gentle pairs skiing if a 25 HP SIB", I didn't quite follow?

Hmm, do I need the skiing, I would have to say no (but I defo have to pack it away), however it adds an extra dimension to the fun it can bring. I suppose this choice comes down to the potencial price saving that eliminating this factor out would provide - any ideas roughly what I could save by cutting the skiing off would bring?

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Yeah I make a far better spearfisherman than a roddy lol
Well, for sure no deep water mono starts with a 25 HP SIB - maybe you could drop one but as soon as you start traversing on a mono with a 40 KG SIB and just 25 HP it's going to pull the boat all over the place! My previous boat was a very capable 4.7m RIB with 60 HP that was purchased as I wanted a boat to potentially ski behind - the realities of the UK weather, minimum 1m swell whenever we went out and the un-inviting not to mention potentially deadly UK sea temperature made me think again. (As a younger man I was fortunate to have family who lived in the med and every summer holiday morning was spent skiing on 'glass' at bath-like temperatures behind a 150 HP V8). Lack of places/time to launch and space/money it took up meant I am going for a SIB and I think it will be much more usable for general 'mucking about on the water'.
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For a 'grown-up' to ski/wakeboard behind a 50 is lame, any less is hopeless. Buy a 4m Searider wearing a 50, sensibly, the best 'bang for buck' that you'll get within your price range and will do all that you require.

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I've been working on a compact solution for my tiny rig
Interesting pump you've got there Wilk, inspiration came from....???
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Old 17 June 2011, 15:22   #17
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Interesting pump you've got there Wilk, inspiration came from....???
Well, it's a long story, but I was hoping that if I used it every day, I'd end up with a 4 meter SIB eventually....

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Old 17 June 2011, 16:06   #18
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Well, it's a long story, but I was hoping that if I used it every day, I'd end up with a 4 meter SIB eventually....

Forget it mate, they don't work.

Err.. so I've heard.
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Old 18 June 2011, 03:47   #19
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Here's potentially a silly question Fishing and inflatable boats... Its not a recipe for disaster yeah???
Been fishing off them for years,just as others have said ,carefull,hard floor is better for the banging of breakaway leads,watch the pointy knives,have clam shell,pump and repair kit and you are good to go.
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Thanks everyone for all your replies, its really helpful. Well it does look as if a sib of some sort will be ideal but I think I need to forget about the skiing for now lol. I think the last thing I'm kind of debating now is if to get an alloy floor or not. I dont like the sound of the buckling the floors when your planning. does anyone know how long extra it takes to assemble the floor over the inflatable floor? Thanks again
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