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Old 25 March 2016, 16:49   #101
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>>>It was transom joins and floor to tubes, I could peel it back a way. If I'd tugged hard enough could have probably had transom separated in a few minutes.


Oh shame.. I'd have walked away from that too.... mainly because of his dishonesty being gradually revealed.

There is one thing that might help you now... prices do rise in the spring but so does availability.

Have you thought any more about trying to find a dealer with a new one in stock so you can examine fully inflated before parting with any cash?
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Old 25 March 2016, 18:58   #102
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Jeezo Seankent you've certainly had a nightmare time trying to get a decent Sib.
TBH if I were you I'd buy a new Honwave 3.8te.
Cheaper than most 2nd hand Aerotechs and don't suffer as badly from the infamous splash back issues.
It ain't gonna depreciate that much come next year eithers.
Plenty dealers got them in stock - go and see it blown up in the flesh, once your happy chuck it in your car and your set.
Also saves you money over a new Aerotech so more money available for a better power plant.
Just my tuppence won't be everyone's elses view but I think I would have a foul taste in my mouth by now for an Aerotech old or new😕
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Old 25 March 2016, 19:50   #103
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have you looked at F-ribs?

they are similar money to the aerotec's but with the benefit of a solid hull.
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Old 25 March 2016, 20:24   #104
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Dubrus you have hit the nail on the head with that thot.

Seconds after I posted my last it occurred to me that the Frib was another potential solution - albeit a pricey one.

The Gurnard is certainly tickled pink with the quality of his Frib.

Head to head if I was going up sh@t creek without a paddle I would take the soild hull of a Frib any day of the week over a fully inflatable structured boat.
I'll retreat to my nuclear bunker now
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my local service dealer sells f-ribs and they look magic.

they are expensive but you could save the difference buying a smaller engine and still outperform an aerotec. there are some vids on YT with a 15hp on 3.8 f-rib getting 22mpg GPS.
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they are expensive but you could save the difference buying a smaller engine and still outperform an aerotec. [/QUOTE]


Oooft throw away comments like that will start a riot!

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>>>It was transom joins and floor to tubes, I could peel it back a way. If I'd tugged hard enough could have probably had transom separated in a few minutes.


Oh shame.. I'd have walked away from that too.... mainly because of his dishonesty being gradually revealed.

There is one thing that might help you now... prices do rise in the spring but so does availability.

Have you thought any more about trying to find a dealer with a new one in stock so you can examine fully inflated before parting with any cash?
Barnet Marine is my local dealer and they say that it may well come with small imperfections. Basically the quality isn't what it was.
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Jeezo Seankent you've certainly had a nightmare time trying to get a decent Sib.
TBH if I were you I'd buy a new Honwave 3.8te.
Cheaper than most 2nd hand Aerotechs and don't suffer as badly from the infamous splash back issues.
It ain't gonna depreciate that much come next year eithers.
Plenty dealers got them in stock - go and see it blown up in the flesh, once your happy chuck it in your car and your set.
Also saves you money over a new Aerotech so more money available for a better power plant.
Just my tuppence won't be everyone's elses view but I think I would have a foul taste in my mouth by now for an Aerotech old or new😕
Keep thinking the same thing
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my local service dealer sells f-ribs and they look magic.

they are expensive but you could save the difference buying a smaller engine and still outperform an aerotec. there are some vids on YT with a 15hp on 3.8 f-rib getting 22mpg GPS.
Have looked at these, would mean an outboard change (really wanted to keep my 25HP). be interested to see how gurnard gets on with his.
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>>>they are expensive but you could save the difference buying a smaller engine and still outperform an aerotec.
>>>Oooft throw away comments like that will start a riot!


Hardly controversial... it's a matter of fact that a more shallow V hard hull boat will be the fastest... if you judge a boats performance solely on maximum speed.

Sean I've linked this before but one of the guys on the Frib site owned a 375 Frib and an Aerotec 380 in the same time frame and wrote an excellent unbiased review comparing them. It's the 4th post down by "Harrison" on this thread.

F-Ribs And Sibs.Com € View topic - 'Back to Back' F-Rib375 with Aerotec 380

You should be able to relate the differing attributes of each to match your boating needs. The simple fact is that had a Frib matched our needs best in the 3.8m size I'd have bought one... it didn't... so I didn't! But they are a viable and interesting concept.

BTW despite owning an Aerotec I often advise the Honwave 380 air floor as mentioned above. Buy one at a discount for 1300 less than the Aerotec... if you like it then it's all great... if not sell after a year at the peak time of year with perhaps just a 200 loss.

Max said earlier than a new Aerotec would immediately loose half its value if sold on which I assume was made as a throwaway comment... but I could see losing 500 if you swapped one after a year. The Frib used market as mentioned above is less established but I'd expect a 500+ loss selling one of those on quickly if it didn't suit.
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