This is our first post and we after some advice and hopefully words of encouragement !
Having had boats of various sizes all my life, currently I'm in the process of selling my share in a Ribcraft 545 fitted with a Mariner 120 OB. It's time to down size but I still want a boat !
So I'm looking at inflatable's in the 3.5 to 4 mtr bracket, what I want from it is that it should take me (12 stone) and my partner Rose (10 stone) as well as a little lunch and some fishing gear, AND PLANE. Top speed is not important so long as she planes.
I'd prefer a HD 3.8mtr boat with a hard floor but may compromise to a 3.6 airfloor if that makes the difference between decent performance on a 9.9hp ob vs having to go up to a 15 hp (because of the weight).
So my main question is will a 9.9 4stroke plane with this set up ?
Other considerations incl -
I would prefer to take the boat down each day and put it in the back of my estate car, so is a hard floor practical or are the air floors that much easier ?
I may wish to add an electric motor for pushing it around when fishing, is this necessary with an already small quiet petrol OB on the back ?
And lastly, are the launching wheels a necessity for 9.9 or 15hp rigs ?
Many many thanks for all pointers in advance.
Rose and Bruce