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Old 19 May 2014, 05:43   #11
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[QUOTE=I should have bought the one on ebay last week which went for 900 and sold the 25hp selva that came with it.[/QUOTE]


Or used it as a spare anchor

It was really cheap, he had tried to sell it 3 or 4 times, I was going to have a bid myself but he kept changing the year of boat and something didnt feel quite right.
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Old 19 May 2014, 06:07   #12
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Again as per the 'sticky' always buy a used package and sell on unwanted bits, hard to believe this one below linked in the same 'which Sib' sticky got no bids yesterday, engine is a 2006 and would sell on alone here for 1200 many times over, boat is a cracker:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quick-Silv...c#ht_63wt_1340


Nice package here too, again sell on the engine and trailer and the boat will come out virtually free in all likelihood:

Bombard Aerotec 380 Inflatable Rib With Suzuki Outboard Motor And Trailer | eBay
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It's the same boat Max, he must have re listed it.

If anyone's thinking of bidding and want to know how old the boat is, just ask for the Hull identification number, (the small plate on the back of the Transom), last 2 numbers denotes year of manufacture.




Mine's 03, so was manufactured in 2003.
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That Quicksilver is so much different to mine guess mines way older version

plate on mine is NE636886B So is that a 1986 year ?,

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That Quicksilver is so much different to mine guess mines way older version

plate on mine is NE636886B So is that a 1986 year ?,

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It could be, but the ageing of boats from the last 2 digits on the serial number didnt really start properly till the 90's and wasnt compulsory till 97.
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Other possible matting

Very interested in the matting idea (been looking at doing the same), have looked into the yellowing situation.
As we now know its the rubber that turns things yellow (Google) and the fuel speeds it up, over time I think the rubber with the fuel may fall apart? .
Have looked at other suitable mats/matting and are having some samples sent to me to try out.
Its PVC, its what the boat is made from,,,,, different colours, patterns (grip/texture) and thickness. So should not turn things yellow and is fuel resistant.
So well post findings back here by the weekend.

Company supplying samples is on ebay,,,,, loads of helpful info,,,, Coruba is their trading name.
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Old 20 May 2014, 07:55   #18
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Glad it seems to suit so well Max. Now if someone would develop a 26kg 15hp motor it might make a good "retirement" outfit for us!

Your enthusiasm for it does take me back a bit to my new Zodiac Fastroller 3.6m which was similarly light and very lively with a 15hp.... obviously not so good once the waves went over a small chop... and seemingly not as well built as the Bombard because there are many 10yr old Aerotecs in good order.
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Very interested in the matting idea (been looking at doing the same), have looked into the yellowing situation.
As we now know its the rubber that turns things yellow (Google) and the fuel speeds it up, over time I think the rubber with the fuel may fall apart? .
Have looked at other suitable mats/matting and are having some samples sent to me to try out.
Its PVC, its what the boat is made from,,,,, different colours, patterns (grip/texture) and thickness. So should not turn things yellow and is fuel resistant.
So well post findings back here by the weekend.

Company supplying samples is on ebay,,,,, loads of helpful info,,,, Coruba is their trading name.
Will be very interested to see how you get on and how the material compares. Important point is to get the right thickness and flexibility so it conforms to the general floor shape but still smooths out the transistion of the inner V and is not too slippery when wet.

I don't think the rubber will disentegrate, it's just the fuel turns slightly yellow and this stains the PVC - if you notice a fuel spill like I did you will probably wash it off right away and if not presumably it would happen just before launching or near the sea when you can again wash it out.

For me it was carelessness with the flexy tanks which are a PITA to move about with fuel in being so floppy and I loosened the cap to check something then let go and 'splodge'...

I've learnt my lesson and will now only remove the cap and refill outside the boat.

I originally planned to make the floor just like I did in a Land Rover 10 years ago, making a sandwich of 10mm closed cell camping mat foam contact adhesived to the underside of the same rubber flooring, this was mainly for sound proofing on the cab floor. This would mean that any fuel sitting under the mat would not be so likely to leach the colour out of the rubber.

Regardless, for me the rubber floor transforms it so much I'm happy to live with the stain issue - not much I can do TBH as it has already happened!

BTW, I did a test yesterday with some spare white PVC material/rubber/petrol - nothing will remove it - acetone, bleach, household cleaners...
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Glad it seems to suit so well Max. Now if someone would develop a 26kg 15hp motor it might make a good "retirement" outfit for us!

Your enthusiasm for it does take me back a bit to my new Zodiac Fastroller 3.6m which was similarly light and very lively with a 15hp.... obviously not so good once the waves went over a small chop... and seemingly not as well built as the Bombard because there are many 10yr old Aerotecs in good order.
Thanks!

Where we usually launch it is a bit of a sod as the beech is typical East Sussex coast - two or three very steep short banks of shingle/pebbles with flatter sections inbetween. I have made a rope bridle that clips to the front side bridle rings with a 3 ft length of 2" PVC piping and this too sits under the main front ring so spreading the load, two people can pull together up the beach, still a struggle though even with the boat empty bar 15 kilos of fuel.

The 26kg 9.8 I could struggle with myself but with the heavier 36kg Mercury manhandling it is just a bit too much, not getting any younger or stronger. So I have made a new stand with 10" pneumatic wheels and again a wide bar for two to pull up together - this was a doddle.
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