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Old 24 September 2014, 13:34   #1
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Hi Guys,

been lurking in the background and absorbing all the information on here, so much so that my wife just assumed I was looking at porn

I will be buying a 3 metre SIB in the near future to replace my Kayak, getting to old to paddle it and need a motorised craft now, based in North Devon I have been told that a 5-6 HP outboard should be ok for myself and one maybe two others to go inshore fishing, probably no more than 1/2 mile off shore max, and more normally trolling for bass or pollack on the inshore reefs. Just had a look at a very nice Sun Sport ARIB320 and an AIB290K, am I right in assuming that the keel arrangement on the ARIB will be more suitable , stable and generally handle better? I have also seen a Trans E 3.2 mtr boat, again chinese made and again looks very well built, any thoughts or suggestions greatfully received.

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Old 24 September 2014, 13:41   #2
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Hi Eric, and welcome to RIBnet, I'm sure that the hardened sibbers will be along shortly with some good advice
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Hi Eric, and welcome to RIBnet, I'm sure that the hardened sibbers will be along shortly with some good advice
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Old 24 September 2014, 14:21   #4
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Looking forward to them Kerny
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It is traditional at this point to say have you read the sticky thread "Which SIB, which SIB..." Lots in there.

The only comment I'd make at the moment is if you are thinking of a 6hp bear in mind many 6s are the same outboard as an 8 (design & weight) so you might as well get an 8 for more ooomph... the prices are often nearly the same.

Your comments on the different keels are on the right lines but this is often more crucial when powered by something like a 15hp when some real speed is possible.
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> Trans E 3.2 mtr boat

I have one and love it.
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Old 25 September 2014, 03:52   #7
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Welcome aboard.

One little thing to throw into the mix is that any sib with an extended air floor, Honwave, Sun etc will need special extended launching wheels which cost twice as much as standard wheels and are also more finicky to put on the boat.

A friend of Kerny and mine has a Trans-e sib which he is very pleased with, running a 6hp outboard he finds it superb for his fishing. At present the 3.2mt is out of stock according to ebay but when back in stock, they represent good value for money.

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I will be buying a 3 metre SIB in the near future to replace my Kayak, getting to old to paddle it and need a motorised craft now, based in North Devon I have been told that a 5-6 HP outboard should be ok for myself and one maybe two others to go inshore fishing,

Hope they are good friends, 3 plus fishing gear in a 3 metre SIB will be very cosy.

Also with extended Air floor SIBs, fitting a fish finder is very awkward.
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Thanks for the replies so far, the Trans E is a very good price, good review on the welsh kayak forum as well.

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In truth the Trans E, Sunsport, Prowave and pretty well every other "non-mainstream" SIB are all of a standard quality being made in similar Chinese factories from near identical components. There are small differences in seat/transom material but it's a case of getting the best deal for the one you fancy the colour/design of the most.

The Honwave range is also made in these Chinese factories and of similar quality but they do hold their value better long term so worth taking the best price you can find on the nearest Honwave model and considering if the saving is worth the possible extra depreciation and lesser after sales backup. The latter is by no means certain but Honwave do have the reputation of Honda behind them whereas some of the lesser known brands are being made in far smaller quantities for small importers who may not have the ability to easily refund in case of problems with a new boat.

None of the above is supposed to be a negative against the lesser know brands... just have all the facts and make a choice.
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