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Old 15 April 2015, 03:05   #11
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as with anything you get what you pay for, you have to ask yourself for the little you will use it 265 for say 5 years of boating is cheap fun you just have to look after it, as a comparison zodiac/bombard use 1100 denier material on their small boats.
if you want advice i always speak to Laurence at barnet marine very helpful guy they supply loads of different sibs and compete on price,chas newens is another,pacer marine all good sites to look at.
don't knock secondhand out the door there are some good bargains to be had as max & fenlander have said you could possibly pick up a hypolon boat if your prepared to wait which will last years.
good hunting
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Old 15 April 2015, 04:05   #12
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Vast difference between buying a rubber boat and a car!

When viewing the boat check for obvious damage (abrasion, cuts etc), patches, seams (make sure no peeling edges or fabric coming away) and that the fittings for oars, mooring rings etc are attached well and complete. Lastly make sure the transom is solid and where it is attached to the tubes all is well. The odd patch or scrape is to be expected but if repaired properly then nothing to worry about - it's a doddle to patch a SIB properly.

Not much else to go wrong really, size up the seller and environment and it should be obvious if the boat has been looked after. Like Fenlander's links there are endless barely used small SIB's out there.

You haven't put your location in your profile so we don't know where you are but that Fastroller 2.4 ending today in Essex with no bids at 200 would be a much better buy than a more expensive inferior new budget boat.
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Old 15 April 2015, 05:20   #13
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Yep I agree Sib has a lot less to go wrong than a car.
I just can't be bothered fixing the damn thing should parts start to fail down the line.
Just oozing for something for occasional freshwater use that ca be rolled away and forgotten about.
I bought a new Chinese built Honwave 3.5ae in 2010 and despite a lot of use its still going strong and looks to have a lot of years in it yet.
This makes me a bit more confident in buying a new budget Chinese Sib.
If the Honwave fell to pieces tomorrow I would have no complaints as I have had far more enjoyment out of it than its meagre price tag should have allowed.
I am in South West Scotland - so Essex is too far to travel or I would have went to see that little Zodiac for sure.
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My only concern is that it is made from really thin pvc .
My seago slat floor is a far better boat than my Avon Redcrest roundtail..even though it is hypalon. I would suspect you will regret a 2.3m SIB even for loch fishing. Its very small and you are a sizable guy.

If you are passing near Glasgow.. call in at Duncan's Yacht Chandler ..its near the Kingston Bridge. They normally have decent chinese SIBS in stock that you can look at

Here is their advert..they had the seago slatfloor 2.7 last time I looked..its what I have (its now over 15 years old..no leaks or patches and still used regularly) but they dont have it now..only the ECO (thin version) I cant comment on thin material.

However the Waveco 2.3 at 750 gram 1100 decitex material is same price as that one on EBay (280) Its brand new and should last 15 years too..so works out at around 30 for every year ..cant complain at that lol..

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Old 15 April 2015, 06:51   #15
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Gurnard your praise for your Seago is pulling me more and more towards goin for a new Chinese Sib.
I'm leaning towards the Seago Eco 2.7m.
I am going to Glasgow later today and should hopefully have time to pop into Duncans for a look.
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Old 15 April 2015, 06:59   #16
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Your question inspired me to go look out my SIB after its winter storage.



The weather is forecast to warm up a bit for the weekend and light winds..so my thoughts are to take it to Loch Leven for its first adventure this year. See if I can target myself a thornback ray..or failing that..just enjoy the scenery of Glencoe area


I threw the seago..unloved into this position last September..and the shed door has not been opened since. Its in the white sail bag. Its still a reasonable size rolled up. Weights 35kg so I can carry it ..but not too far cos Im an old git.




No need for fancy expensive air pumps. I use a 25 quid coleman affair and power it with an old golf trolley battery.




Then just top it off with a couple of pumps with the hand pump. First time its seen light of day this year...still no leaks..no mouse chews...and the Chinese use better glue for the transom than some of those expensive French SIBs ..its still all intact..with no signs of loosening..and I tried to peal a seam open.





So nothing wrong with cheap Chinese SIBs..at least in my experience. Of course it only goes at displacement speed..but Im never in a hurry on our Lochs

Hope the weather forecast is correct..Im keen to go now.

PS Kaman..if you want to try a small SIB..and are passing Stirling..you are welcome to take the redstart away for a week or so .. to decide if you really want a smaller SIB. I cant use all three at once..but Im not selling them..they were my inheritance from my father.
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Stopped by Duncans in Glasgow today.
Ended up buying a Seago Eco 260.
Looks a decent little Sib for pottering around in.
Light as a feather and at 265 quid with a 3 year guarantee on tubes / seams etc can't go wrong.
It's 30kg all in so nice and easy to man handle.
Carried it out the shop one handed like a hand bag in its carry case.
Will easily sit on the car roof box as well - Happy Days!
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Old 15 April 2015, 11:55   #18
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Im sure you wont regret it Kaman. You have a warranty and a local dealer for backup.. cant get that with a second hand SIB ..and at those prices..you are not out of pocket by much.

I too have my Seago loaded in the car..along with my bed.

The outboard and other gubbins go in the roofbox. At night..the seago is put outside with the milk bottles.. before I doss down. A long weekend in Glencoe area is on my cards . If I get cold on the water..I will run up a couple of munros to warm up :-D

Enjoy your new boat


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Despite me linking to the used ones* you just can't go wrong with the deal and warranty you've got with that 260. Bit longer than the one you initially thought of and every few cms helps with the sub 3.5m sibs.

*Two of them are within easy reach of me and given I have a great condition 1990s Mariner 4 I'm a bit tempted to try and make the man maths work out to buy one!
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*Two of them are within easy reach of me and given I have a great condition 1990s Mariner 4 I'm a bit tempted to try and make the man maths work out to buy one!
I knew when I saw that one you linked in Halstead you would want it!

As an aside, wondering if the water skiing is still going on at Gosfield Lake? Many memories of whizzing up there like nutters in the old man's Jag so he could get a ski in after work on a Saturday morning around '79/80...
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