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Old 24 July 2016, 06:11   #21
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Hey all, thanks for the advice and support that led me to buy this set up. I think for what I will be using her for, it will be perfect (fingers crossed).

Ashton, thank you for pointing out all the frailties of the T40, thankfully a lot more people seem to disagree with you than agree. As I said in my original post, I would have preferred to buy a RIB, but to get a decent SR4 with a very recent/new engine for £4k just impossible. I want trouble free boating, hence buying a new set up. Also, I am only 5 minutes from the sea, so I wanted a permanent trailer set up, so no faffing building her, just straight out of the garage and into the water. I did look at the FRIB, as you previously suggested and just did not like the design of them.

I'll post some pics once I get her in the water.

Happy boating everyone
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Old 24 July 2016, 06:15   #22
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Ashton, with too much load at the back, big waves at the front, you are putting a twisting force on the boat (particularly if a heavy skipper is alone on the opposite corner to the waves). Helmsman skill and correct assembly can reduce it, but 2m waves in a sib (or small rib) are never that pleasant. If you find yourself unexpectedly in those sort of conditions an hour from a safe haven having never tried it in big waves before then something has gone wrong with your passage planning. Confidence gained through experience is probably more useful than over confidence from the hardware.
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Old 24 July 2016, 10:12   #23
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Ashton Marine your post comes across as really bad form when you know the guy has just bought new the SIB you're trying to trash.
Having read this thread carefully, I'm of the opinion that ashtonmarine was in fact responding to the observations made by Kaman in Post 11. Read in that context they don't seem like "bad form" to me. It would help a lot if posters learned how to quote the post they were replying to - otherwise once thread drift begins, it's very difficult to know who's replying to what.

I'm always a little surprised when forum members are shocked that Trade Members are very enthusiastic about the products they sell! ashtonmarine sells F-RIBs and both he and indeed our own Gurnard speak very highly of them. Equally, ashtonmarine no longer represents a company that sells Hondas, which may explain his epiphany in respect of Suzukis.

I wish the OP the very best of luck with the 4m Honda inflatable. IMO, a small ali hulled RIB would have suited the bill very well too....
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Old 24 July 2016, 11:56   #24
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Well of course... as always... you're the boss Willk... however

(see what I did there?)

Just to make sure I understand...

We have a forum dealer enthusing about his two current products (FRib & Suzuki outboards) at the expense of a forum member's shiny new toy.

The same forum dealer it seems not too long ago was a Honwave SIB and Honda outboard dealer... and on here in that previous incarnation he always enthused about Honwave alloy floor SIBs describing them in glowing terms... as he did advising Honda outboards above all others... outboards he now calls "dull".

Fair summary?
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Old 24 July 2016, 12:50   #25
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Fair summary?
LOl.. a normal human summary and Ashton Marine is human..I think ?

It just proves what I have always said about “Which Sib is Best” debates Fenlander.. the best one is the one the person posting owns.(or sells)

In my experience .. ALL boats are compromises.. each and every one has good and bad points. If there was one perfect model for everyone..all other brands would have gone bust.. simply because I doubt if any of us are silly folks with our money..so we chose what suits us best.

As I own both a Floored SIB and an F Rib .. I hope Im totally unbiased in this instance...but going by Ashwatkins requirements and specifically wanting brand new (Which both of us can fully understand as we both wanted new ourselves this year ) I think he has made the right choice..and is the boat I would have bought under his circumstances

Another debate for outside this thread is which boat I would prefer to be in 2m waves.. I wont go too much into that here except to say .. I keep my Quicksilver 430 for a reason.. but I love my Frib to bits for speed and wave jumping with its 6HP outboard..but it is of no use for the OP’s requirements

Enjoy the new SIB Ash..its a great setup and totally suited for your requirements

PS..re reading my post.. and for Clarification Fenlander ..I know you offer sound advice ....and I agree totally with you
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Old 24 July 2016, 14:11   #26
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... and on here in that previous incarnation he always enthused about Honwave alloy floor SIBs describing them in glowing terms... as he did advising Honda outboards above all others... outboards he now calls "dull".

Fair summary?
In fairness, most forum members* tend to bang on about how good their various craft are. I guess dealers have it even worse - they have to eat...



*Although some are quite secretive
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... most forum members* tend to bang on about how good their various craft are.
Some bang louder than others.
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Old 05 August 2016, 16:52   #28
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Well I picked my T40, Little Nelly, up today. I went for the 25 HP 4 stroke in the end. Had her in the water this eve and she was easy to launch, motored along beautifully and was so easy to get back on her trailer. I am as happy as pig in muck tonight!

Thank you for all the advice given!
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Good stuff ash.
I'm sure you will create many great memories in that little set up.
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Old 05 August 2016, 18:12   #30
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Great result Ash. Many of us work up through SIB and/or OB sizes but you have the robust performance of a meaty outfit from the start:
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