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Old 28 July 2005, 12:03   #11
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"Pocket rocket dinghy" yeh, that'll go very well!
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Old 28 July 2005, 12:47   #12
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that'll go very well!

dat zowdiak iz a badd deesine. de toobs arr inn de fkin worter orl de tyme an ders noe vennt inn de consowl

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Old 29 July 2005, 01:13   #13
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I have an older Zodiac Mark I (3.4 m). It provides enough room for;

1 Person with enough gear for camping for 3-4 days and 40-60 litres of fuel.

2 Adults with fishing gear for a day trip and 40 litres of fuel.

3 Adults out for an afternoon with no other equipment than the basic required boating safety gear and 20 litres of fuel.

I have done weekend trips with a friend and 60 litres of fuel but both of us were literally sitting on a mound of equipment.

I would suggest at least 3.8m for the sake of versatility.


I currently have a used mercury 'classic' 25hp 2 stroke engine that weighs around 115 lbs (52 Kg). If road access is limited and I have to shoulder it a few hundred meters across a sandy beach it definitely gets me breathing the air.

If the initial expense were less of a consideration, I would have gone with a newer Honda BF20 that weighs around 102 lbs (46 Kg). The loss of 5hp (if it even is that much) would have easily been compensated by the quieter operation of the 4 stroke. Additionally a river trip that consumes 60 litres of litres of fuel with the 2 stroke would probably only require 40 with the 4 stroke, thus reducing weight and increasing space for other things.
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Old 29 July 2005, 07:43   #14
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Ive waterskiied and wakeboarded behind a 4m Inflatable with a 25hp 2stroke on it.
Thought i'd throw that in because you wouldnt do it with much less than 25hp.
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Thanks for all your help.I am still looking for some more information about the quicksilver 340 airdeck.Does anybody know what there build quality is like and what the internal measurements are on this boat?
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Old 07 August 2005, 23:08   #16
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Sirius Bane had recently purchased a 4.3m quicksilver. You might want to PM and get his impressions. Last I heard, he might be selling it.
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I had a 270 airdeck. Sold it last year. Very well made - didn't have any trouble with it at all. I found the floor was always dry becasue any water that got would go under the airdeck and then drain through the value at the back. I thought this was a great bit of design.

You'd be able to move the 340 with two people; could barly lift the 270 by ones self. As for getting it in the boot of the car, you'll need to put the seats down unless you have a huge boot (wouldn't go in the boot of a Peoguet 205)
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Old 10 August 2005, 10:59   #18
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I have a 340 Airdeck with a 5HP outboard, could do with a bigger outboard but it will do for now
I've had 4 people and bags etc in comfortably.

The build quality in my opinion great. Although I agree with Tim you need two people to lift it into the water unless you put some dolly wheels. Possibly my next job.

You can download the manual from HERE
Which should give you the mesurements. If you want to know any specific ones give me a shout and I'll get my tape measure out.

It's a great little SIB

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I've had 4 people and bags etc in comfortably.

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Interesting. It must have a little bigger interior dimensions than my 3.4m zodiac. I have had 3 adults in it, as well as 2 adults + 2 children, but I certainly wouldn't describe that as 'comfortable' (Then again, we Canadians are accustomed to an average population density of 2 people per square Kilometer)

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Although I agree with Tim you need two people to lift it into the water unless you put some dolly wheels. Possibly my next job.



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According to the Quicksilver website, the 340 airdeck wighs 86 lbs. Is that not accurate? Why would you need 2 people to launch it?
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Interesting. It must have a little bigger interior dimensions than my 3.4m zodiac. I have had 3 adults in it, as well as 2 adults + 2 children, but I certainly wouldn't describe that as 'comfortable' (Then again, we Canadians are accustomed to an average population density of 2 people per square Kilometer)
Well there no room for dancing but everyone can sit down without sitting on each other and there is still room for bags etc. Not idea for very long journeys but then you wouldn't take a SIB on a voyage like that, I guess


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According to the Quicksilver website, the 340 airdeck wighs 86 lbs. Is that not accurate? Why would you need 2 people to launch it?
I'm talking about inflating by the water and not using a trailer.

It can easily be carried in the bag by one person. But once inflated weight is not the issue it's just a bit bulkier and difficult to carry to the water by one person. Strape the engine on and you definatly need two people
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