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Old 22 July 2014, 14:14   #1
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Bombard Aerotec 380 red vs grey.

Hi there

Been looking at sibs again after realising a rib is just not going to be practical right now due to storage etc...

After my seapro nightmare I have done fair bit of research and think the Aerotec 380 will be the best compromise for my needs. Ideally with a 15hp 2 stroke for convenience but might pair it with a 20...

Anyways, there seem to be two aerotecs out there. The red and the rarer grey version. I am leaning towards the grey one as it's a bit easier on the eye all though the red one does look very sporty. I had a quick conversation with Bombard but they could not really tell me why they have grey aerotecs. The guy did say it's all the same.

Can anyone on here confirm that it's the same sib, quality materials etc... I am thinking that the grey will fade less overtime and won't get the tubes as hot as the red? Any info appreciated.

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Old 22 July 2014, 14:36   #2
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Completely identical.

It doesnt get as hot in the sun and I think because of that, it may even improve the glue life.
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Bombard Aerotec 380 red vs grey.

Completely identical, more exclusive, slightly cheaper, less heat build up in the sun, but slower than the red ones. 🚤😀
Not a bad price at Barnet Marine at the moment;
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150323547468
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I know where there is a grey one coming up for sale
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Always liked the Grey one
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Old 22 July 2014, 15:59   #6
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Bought the grey "limited edition" from Barnet Marine a few weeks back and have spent the past few weeks in Cornwall using it. Have to say I think it's bloody brilliant. Have a 20hp four stroke off the back and can get 25mph on calm water.

I personally prefer the grey to the red but it's down to personal choice. No difference in speed or ability from what I understand.

My only problem now having just done my RYA Powerboat 2 is whether to upgrade or not...
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Thanks for the replies chaps. Since their the same I will go for the grey I think. Now just need to source an outboard. I know I should go for a 15hp 2 stroke but think I could handle a 20 weight wise. Will only be lifting it from the car to the transom. I intend to get some sort of launching wheels for it. When the situation calls for a more tricky launch there will be two to carry/lift.

How much bigger is a 20 over the 15 size wise on average for fitting in the car. I have an avensis tourer so plenty of space, although I will need to still pack camping gear etc.

What launching wheels do you guys use?

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If you buy new you can only buy 4 Stroke. You can get very good 2 stroke off of eBay but will need to consider mixing the oil with the fuel. OK for some but a pain for me.

My 9.9 Mercury outboard option that the dealer recommended was 38kg so quite liftable but my 20hp is 51kg. This is tough and I bought a collapsable trolley to take it. If I bought a 25hp it would be circa 70kg.

My advice would be to carry what you can given who you will have around and let that dictate.

Make sense?
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Red looks much better IMHO (and as noted is officially faster), this from someone who was convinced they wanted a grey.

Go for a 15 hp 2 stroke Mariner/Mercury, best small SIB engine out there (again IMHO! ) - lightest at 36kg and the tiller gear shift is awesome as is the tilt mechanism and build quality. If not go for a 25 2 stroke if weight is not an issue. A 20 sits in the middle but is heavy and not as fast as the 25 so why bother?
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Red looks much better IMHO (and as noted is officially faster), this from someone who was convinced they wanted a grey.
You are still wrong,but after selling my grey 380, I can now confirm that the fastest Zodiac group boat is actually white
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