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Old 09 October 2012, 11:42   #11
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If portability & ease of assembly is a must have go fo an air floor, larger models are 3.40 and under, larger carries more load and are much easier to plane than shorter ones which have more hull drag to deal with. if you get bored in the future with your 8 HP could place a larger 9.8 up to 15 HP engine and keep same lenght sib.

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Old 09 October 2012, 13:12   #12
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Well I have a Zodiac 2.85m SIB with a solid floor and air keel.

It went well with my 6hp Mariner on it, achieving 15mph. However it goes a lot better with the Tohatsu 9.8, making an easy 20mph on the GPS with two of us on board, using a 9.5 pitch prop (up from the 8.5 supplied as standard)

So I would recommend you go for a solid floor with air keel, as at higher speeds it's still easy to control and to steer.
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