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Old 07 June 2007, 08:52   #1
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Best "airdeck" SIB?

What's the best inflatable-floor SIB?

The Zodiac Furura looks interesting, but is it actually any better than a conventional inflatable keel?

The Quicksilver ones seem to be popular. How do they compare?

Any others particularly good or bad?

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Old 07 June 2007, 10:35   #2
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I like my Honda 3.8. Its lightweight when your dragging it round.
Its got big tubes, and the V in the keel at the bow is quite pronounced.
I've had it out in 2m swells and not felt worried.
what size engine are you putting on? I have a Yam 20d and to be honest its proibably the most I would want to fit. I think you could put a beefier unit on a non air floor.
the only other drawback to the Honda is its almost impossible to fit launching wheels as there are inflatable sort of trim tabs that extend out behind the transom. They do help it get on the plane quickly though.
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Quicksilvers are very good value for money and seem quite well built. I love my 3.1m but it has a wood floor which makes it much more rigid. In my handbook it says that the air floor will only take 10hp and the wooden one 15hp but they seem to have revised that now and given them the same 15hp rating.

The boat is very easy to plane as the sponsons are angled at the stern which they say helps a lot.

With the keel inflated it gives the bottom a sort of cathedral hull shape.
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i had a bombard ax3 and a aerotech 3.4 or what ever it is called

i would say the quicksilver is far better, the fuel tank fits under the seat rather than an inflatable thwart that the bombards had

also the quicksilver is more substantially built, and would take a higher rated engine

the amount of space in the boat becomes a premium as well

also there was a thread on here asking if the airdeck or an aluminium/wood floor is best and i would say that if space/time and weight are not an issue then go for the wood/aluminium floor as i do find our air floor does flex no matter what they say.
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John,
I have a Zodiac 3.4m Acti-V with 15HP 2 stroke mariner o/b. In addition to the High pressure floor the keel is also High pressure. It makes the set up very rigid considering it is all inflatable. A good SIB for its size and perfoms well with a 15HP.
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have a futura with a 25 yamaha and a 5 yamaha
no criticism at all would recommend great directional stability both on lochs and surf
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should have added i have metal floor
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Tunnell hull SIB with inflatable floor;

http://www.amiboats.com/Advanced%20Cat%20Specs.htm

I test drove one last summer. The only thing I didn't like about it was the inflatable floor.
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Tunnell hull SIB with inflatable floor;

http://www.amiboats.com/Advanced%20Cat%20Specs.htm

I test drove one last summer. The only thing I didn't like about it was the inflatable floor.
Do they have a uk dealership?
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