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Old 13 April 2015, 16:26   #1
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Any one got any experience of this Sib Manufacturer

Looking at getting something light for pottering around some Scottish Lochs this summer whilst away with my caravan.
I would be propelling it with a Suzuki 2.5hp Fourstroke.


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Old 13 April 2015, 17:20   #2
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Really it's just a cheap generic Chinese toy boat, very tiny indeed. What else is there to say I guess!

Having said that for pottering around a loch, packing small in a caravan etc you don't need much else but I'd much rather have a nice old Avon for less money and you won't lose 75% when you try and sell it.
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However (and I rarely defend cheap chinese sibs) with a 2.5hp on them, they go an awful lot better than the old Avon would, weigh a lot less and pack down a lot smaller.

Whisper's cheapie 2.4m was doing far better than it had any right to last week with a 2hp on it.

Depends if you want to keep it for many years and not take the depreciation hit on it. No doubt about it, the Avons are better boats, last longer and lose less money.
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Depends if you want to keep it for many years and not take the depreciation hit on it. No doubt about it, the Avons are better boats, last longer and lose less money.

To be fair though, at a cost of 276.59 brand new the scope for depreciation is quite limited!
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To be fair though, at a cost of 276.59 brand new the scope for depreciation is quite limited!
Very true.

Actually, the only thing I will say about that chinese boat is that it looks like my Seago, with an inflatable keel under an air floor. It's not the best solution-those air floors aren't particularly rigid compared with a proper airdeck.
Realistically you're probably better off going for a slatted floor. I'd only really want the added complexity of an air floor and keel on a planing inflatable and 2.5hp isn't going to do that.
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Old 14 April 2015, 04:40   #6
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It was the price that got me interested in it.
It would probably only get used two or three times a year in all honesty.
My only concern is that it is made from really thin pvc .
I didn't see the thickness of the pvc quoted in the advert which raised a big of concern.
There's truth I the old saying tho - you gets what you pay for.
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What about some slightly stronger/larger but still easy to pack away SIBs like these...

C285 Zodiac Inflatable Dinghy 2.85 Metres | eBay

Zodiac inflatable dinghy cadet fastroller 2.4 | eBay

WETLINE 265 INFLATABLE BOAT TENDER | eBay

ZODIAC Cadet C260 inflatable boat dinghy RIB SIB fishing not honwave | eBay
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Looking at getting something light for pottering around some Scottish Lochs this summer whilst away with my caravan.
I would be propelling it with a Suzuki 2.5hp Fourstroke.


http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...507260&alt=web
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look at ron hale marine wave line eco 230 265 and 260 at 315

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That little 2.4 Zodiac looks a great buy.
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Old 14 April 2015, 16:57   #10
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Few good looking buys on there Fenlander.
Cheers fo posting.

I am a bit wary of buying second hand as I have had a couple of nightmares with 2nd cars in the past.

Had a look at the new Waveline Eco as well.
The Eco is made 750gram 1100 Denier polyester.
The standard Waveline is made of the heavier 900gram 1100 Denier polyester and us therefore a bit heavier.
The weight isnt an issue as I'm a big old lump and will be able to throw either Sib around with ease.

The standard 2.3 metre Waveline with slatted floor is also more expensive by just under a 100 quid than the 2.3metre Eco - 265 vs 349.
Anybody know how robust the 750gram is and is it worth spending the extra on the heavier material?
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