Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 01 June 2014, 19:35   #11
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
For comparison: I've a 2.3m Wetline inflatable with a 6hp mercury 4 stroke. Was 4hp, changed the carb to 6hp version - much better) anyway. On its 1.1 litre approx tank, at half throttle it doesn't last for that long, perhaps an hour or two. As for range, it doesn't get me that far, couple of miles? The inflatable will only plane with one person on it but just pushes through the water really inefficiently with two, if trying to make any kind of progress. Its quite frustrating actually, it will push along a 17ft sports boat at about the same speed it would move the sib with more than one person on it!
__________________

__________________
beyondhelp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01 June 2014, 20:34   #12
Member
 
Locozodiac's Avatar
 
Country: Other
Town: Lima-Peru
Boat name: Nautile
Make: Sea Rider Boats
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 18 /30 HP
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,706
2.30 sib has too much hull drag for that small engine HP. Lacks fast hole shot.. Once on plane will remain there.

Happy Boating
__________________

__________________
Locozodiac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01 June 2014, 20:36   #13
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
Yep totally agree! 4hp out of interest was not enough to get it on plane. 6hp does easily. (both cases with just myself in it) Max speed seems about ~12mph which may be prop limited or just a physical limitation. No RPM gauge to see whats really going on.
__________________
beyondhelp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 June 2014, 03:43   #14
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Burnley
Make: Excel
Length: under 3m
Engine: Outboard petrol 5HP
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 70
Yes i had considered other options but as i am 70 and new to inflatables i had to make practical choices based on weight and the ability to handle everything on my own lifting everything in and out of the small garage on my motorhome.
I chose a SL260 from excel because it is one of the lightest SIB's of that size weighing around 20kg which can take up to a 6hp engine, i chose the 5hp which is a little lighter than the 6 hp. I am always on my own so i do distribute the few fishing and other items I carry evenly across the floor.
Based on advice from this forum (and my age) I have considered safety very carefully and have got the required gear. Weather permitting i go in sheltered bays around New England Bay (Luce Bay) but mainly in lochs around Scotland.
Must say, wish i had started at a much earlier age as I would most definitely have started "Ribbing" reading some of the items published on here but alas its one of the pleasures that slipped me by but at my time of life I enjoy taking my fishing gear, camera and A far more tranquil approach to moving up and down lochs.
If you ever passing an "old codger" in an SL260 with a big smile on his face going quite slow don't worry, i am not in trouble but simply enjoying the peace, tranquility and the ability to do it.
Thanks for all the help
__________________
claretcass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 June 2014, 12:20   #15
Member
 
Locozodiac's Avatar
 
Country: Other
Town: Lima-Peru
Boat name: Nautile
Make: Sea Rider Boats
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 18 /30 HP
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,706
Claretcass,

Boating on a sib or rib is fun at any age, the difference, the younger the more reckless boating, the older the more prudent boating. Cruising at very slow speeds is very heartwarming, just you enjoying the unlimited sea, mother nature, birds, sea animals, wind on your face, and above all peace of mind without city stress. Enjoy your boating time at your own pace.

Happy Boating
__________________
Locozodiac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 June 2014, 13:38   #16
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Burnley
Make: Excel
Length: under 3m
Engine: Outboard petrol 5HP
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 70
My little set up
__________________

__________________
claretcass is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:54.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.