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Old 01 February 2014, 05:35   #1
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advice on which sib to buy

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new to the site hi to all some great info here looking for a decent make sib ally floor for some coastal fishing edging towards a honwave 3.5 to 3.8 storage limited looking forward to any more suggestions thank you in advance darren
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Old 01 February 2014, 06:54   #2
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hi, guys
new to the site hi to all some great info here looking for a decent make sib ally floor for some coastal fishing edging towards a honwave 3.5 to 3.8 storage limited looking forward to any more suggestions thank you in advance darren
Honwave 3.5 aluminum floor is what I have used for coastal fishing for the last three years.
Loads of space inside excellent stable craft for the money.
I can't fault mines build quality or it's performance.
For me the whole process of loading it into the car unpacking it building it up at the water, dismantling to pack back in car then unpack wash, repack and store till next time became tedious!
The honwave is a big old awkward lump to man handle single handed when its packed up or inflated.
Add the weight of an outboard and you are going to need launch wheels minimum to get it into the water.
Mines now has host of add on features and more or less permanently resides on a homemade trailer.
Cracking boat just need to be mindful of how accessible the launch(es) you are going to be using are.
Plenty of room for two persons to fish out of if that helps you getting in and out of the water.
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Honwave 3.5 aluminum floor is what I have used for coastal fishing for the last three years.
Loads of space inside excellent stable craft for the money.
I can't fault mines build quality or it's performance.
For me the whole process of loading it into the car unpacking it building it up at the water, dismantling to pack back in car then unpack wash, repack and store till next time became tedious!
The honwave is a big old awkward lump to man handle single handed when its packed up or inflated.
Add the weight of an outboard and you are going to need launch wheels minimum to get it into the water.
Mines now has host of add on features and more or less permanently resides on a homemade trailer.
Cracking boat just need to be mindful of how accessible the launch(es) you are going to be using are.
Plenty of room for two persons to fish out of if that helps you getting in and out of the water.
Perfect summary, and that pretty much sums up all alu-floor SIBS. The only alternative is an air-floor, but then you lose the flat hard deck that is ideal for landing fish.

Check out the post that wound up a couple of days ago - has much of the info you need.
http://www.rib.net/forum/members/fis...ktb-18300.html

Good luck and welcome...
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Don't dismiss air floors for fishing, I've never had any problems, I just drop the fish straight into a trug.



With the Honwaves, where do you attach a transom mount for a fish finder transducer?
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these are great boats with fat tubes so are v stable and come with everything you need go for the ali floor model for fishing and the air floor for fun.

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[QUOTE="stray;597966"]Don't dismiss air floors for fishing, I've never had any problems, I just drop the fish straight into a trug.

With the Honwaves, where do you attach a transom mount for a fish finder

Air floor = better ride
Alu floor = better internal platform
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thanks for all the replies guys just need to make up my mind
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As is usual with these Which SIB threads, the OP hasn't given enough information about how, when and where he wants to launch it, use it and store it. r.

My 3.4m air floor with 15hp 2 stroke is perfect for me. I can drag it the 400m to the beach and launch it by myself. But it's also roomy enough for two if a mate wants to come along. An ally floor might push the weight up too much for just me.

But then the OP might have to drive to the launch site, is it rocky beach or a nice ramp straight into the water? Does he want to set the sib up every time or pull it on a trailer? Will he be by himself or with a friend?

Till he gives more information no-one can give a definitive answer.

It's a pity there isn't a check list for people to tick what they need and want from a boat.
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As is usual with these Which SIB threads, the OP hasn't given enough information about how, when and where he wants to launch it, use it and store it. r.

My 3.4m air floor with 15hp 2 stroke is perfect for me. I can drag it the 400m to the beach and launch it by myself. But it's also roomy enough for two if a mate wants to come along. An ally floor might push the weight up too much for just me.

But then the OP might have to drive to the launch site, is it rocky beach or a nice ramp straight into the water? Does he want to set the sib up every time or pull it on a trailer? Will he be by himself or with a friend?

Till he gives more information no-one can give a definitive answer.

It's a pity there isn't a check list for people to tick what they need and want from a boat.
yes will be fishing most of the time with a mate where I will be launching is pretty easy access a big slip so not too far to launch just about 30min drive the down side I wont fit a trailer in my drive so looks like it will be packed in the car a set up at the slip sorry for the lack of info as just new to the site
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Don't worry, everyone's the same.

Next questions;

What car do you have?

Where are you going to store everything?

How big is your wallet?

Loads of info on here to read, and plenty of videos on youtube to watch to help you decide what you need.
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