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Old 08 March 2010, 18:16   #11
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Originally Posted by astra View Post
Hello all,Has anyone any dealings with the company Barnet Marine Centre Ltd are they any good,also has any recomendations on the sunsport range of inflatables ,as i am thinking its time for the seago and the 6hp to go,Its time for a bigger boat possibly a (al360 and a f20 hp outboard package is this any good your thoughts would be great,cheers people.
Have had good dealings with Barnett, a search on here will spot many other good comments.

have no experience of this SIB

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Old 11 March 2010, 06:47   #12
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My thoughts...and I've got a 3.8 Quicksilver with a Yamaha 20hp, my boat has the Ali floor. The boat weighs 100 kg and the engine 50 kg

Its certainly more than fast enough with this engine, and I'm sure it would tow a ringo fine.

I'll agree with what Matt said about the weight, we now have our set up on a trailer, as the engine is too heavy to carry more than a 10-20 feet on your own. It isn't the dead-weight of the engine, I'm sure we could all have a go lifting 50kgs at the gym, it is the size of the thing you are trying to pick up!

The boat is great for what we use it for, as we can have it on the trailer, the putting together, inflating, deflating and getting in the car shouldn't be under estimated with a SIB of 3.6 metres and above.

If I didn't have this option, I would be seeking out a used Bombard Aerotec 380.

In hindsight, I would have preferred the 15hp for the weight power trade off.

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Old 12 March 2010, 01:47   #13
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As I already posted, weight + weight balance is an issue. Get an outboard trolley with big wheels.
Does anybody use this for launching? What's the name in English?
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Old 12 March 2010, 17:36   #14
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Bought my first rib a couple of years ago from Lawrence at Barnet Marine and they were great to deal with. Recommended!
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Old 13 March 2010, 02:43   #15
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Originally Posted by astra View Post
I would love something bigger but as i have no off street parking and no towbar its only a sib for me.I have about 3k to spend any recomendations would be good.
Check this out. Zodiac MK2C HD (compact) with aluminium floor. It's 3.8m and completely dismantles. Used to have a similar boat MK2C GT with an aluminium floor - and they're great. The sponsons will fold down and go in one bag, the aluminium floor sections and the front marine ply thrust boards, oars, go in the other bag. I used it with a Yamaha short-shaft 25hp 2-stroke. Probably on the limit for lifting, moving, etc, but is workable if you're determined enough.

As for the trailer - it could be sold and use the money towards the engine.
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Old 24 March 2010, 05:37   #16
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Barnet Marine and Lawrence - highly recommended.
I bought my new opti from him last year and Lawrence went out of his way to find another at the same price after I had missed the one he had in stock by 1 hour !

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