Originally Posted by daffid
does anyone i can buy the bombard 380 with 25 hp 2 stroke motor with steering ive bin looking on boats and out boards and googled it and cant find it anyone know any good sites
Inflating a large 380 sib & high pressure floor, putting the engine, on, off, deflating the sib, rolll it over, put inside car trunk is a hell of a job, maybe suited for youngsters, for peace of mind & back, if your budget can hold start with the best boating procedure, buy yourself a trailer for the 380 and place a nice 25 Hp 2 stroke engine on transom, that will depend on the type of sibbing doing, lake, river, open beach use, if you have a propper tow car & space to keep the water beast secure. If this option is possible, buy the brand engine you most like. Yamaha, Tohatsu, Suzuki, etc.
If budget is low, no towing car nor propper space available, go for a Tohatsu 18 HP short tail, weights nearly the same as any 15 HP, about 51 Kg, but nice to have that extra 3 HP and 50 CC more available when needed, have been reading posts that 2 stroke engines are getting hard to get in UK cause environment not friendly. See if you can buy a second hand then, a very nice nasty portable engine. Buy tiller models, more versatile to use and place on/off transom than steering models.
A Ribnetter certainly will complain about the extra budget on gas compared to 15, why worry, will you be sibbing at full throtthle all the time, the anser is no, prob just to plane faster and then cruise at 1/2 to 3/4 throttle. The gas consumption at full WOT (wide open throttle) for both are: 7.3 for 15, 8.5 for 18 Ltr/Hr. Your wallet nor the nice 380 won't complain at all.