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Old 23 July 2014, 13:21   #21
Country: UK - England
Town: Manchester
Make: Bombard Aerotec 380
Length: 3m +
Engine: Yamaha 25hp 2 stroke
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Thanks for all the replies guys, much appreciated. I bought the 380 direct from Bombard today as it was the cheapest. Will have to wait a few weeks tho as it will be coming from France as they had none here in the UK. Don't bother me as it gives me time to hunt down an outboard.

I love the idea of the Tohatsu 18 but have a better chance finding a virgin in Manchester. The Suzuki DF20a seems like an option but might be a stretch budget wise and not sure about going down the 4 stroke way.

The head says a 15hp 2 stroke but the heart wants a 20/25... My old Johnson 30hp nearly gave me a heart attack moving around so fully aware of the weight issues. I'll be fishing or diving 2 up with gear most of the time so don't want to sacrifice to much in performance.

Those Zodiac launching wheels are silly expensive. Does anyone use a suitable alternative?


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Old 23 July 2014, 13:42   #22
Country: UK - England
Town: Sussex
Boat name: Bombard, Y-162
Make: Aerotec 380, Y-Class
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury Mariner 15hp
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I posted something here with links:

But you can see the brackets here:

Towing on aerotec 380 Bombard

And the same principle as on my older Zodiac here:

Beach launching

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Old 23 July 2014, 13:49   #23
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Country: UK - England
Town: teesside
Make: valiant v570
Length: 5m +
Engine: mercury 100
MMSI: 232012453
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go for a 25 if your going diving with 2 adults and gear a 15 is erm sedate with just 2 large adults with no gear the 25 will be heavy but has bags more punch
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Old 23 July 2014, 14:32   #24
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset & Hants
Boat name: Streaker/Orange
Make: Avon/Ribcraft
Length: 4m +
Engine: 50Yam/25 Mariner
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Defo go 25. I think my merc 25 was 51 kgs ish and just super on my 380.
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Old 23 July 2014, 18:15   #25
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Town: Lima-Peru
Boat name: Nautile
Make: Sea Rider Boats
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 18 /30 HP
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Light Grey heats least compared to red fabrics. Red discolors with time and if heavily exposed to sun pinishmen than light grey. Not if a UV protectant is applied from time to time though.

A 380 sib works fantastic with a 2 strokes Tohatsu 18 HP if still possible to find. Only weights 40 Kg, will do around 22 Knots lightly loaded.

Happy Boating

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