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Old 01 November 2014, 15:36   #1
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Brig Heavy-duty HD410, HD460 - how good are they?

Looking for a good SIB which is packable (we do not have a trailer), easy to setup/assemble, durable and which sails pretty well at sea (for a SIB).

Zodiac futura MK II was my first choice. The Brig heavy Duty HD 410 and HD 460 look even better. A SIB with a V bottom, so behaviour in chop is to be expected better than the futura?
BRIG Rigid Inflatable Boats ? Heavy-Duty

There is very little information about the HD410 and HD460 on the web. Could you comment on these sibs? How good are they?

- how does it sail in choppy conditions (and flat conditions)?
- is it easy to assemble?
- is it easy to pack and transport (like the futura?)
- is the deck metal or wood? With rings to tie up gear to the deck?
- does it live up the 'fortified construction' (see link)
- compared to the futura, what are the pro's and cons?

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Old 01 November 2014, 17:06   #2
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The trouble with a 4.6m SIB is it wants a big engine for use at sea. So an awful lot of people with 4.6m sibs would put it on a trailer. Otherwise you are probably going to be lugging a 25HP engine in and out of the boot of your car...

I'd want a sea trial in one, including folding down and building up before buying...
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Old 01 November 2014, 17:55   #3
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I had a 4m SIB with a 25hp motor for a while and it was quite a handful to lug around, but assembling it was not really any harder than a smaller boat. I wouldn't particularly want to have one again though, and anything bigger would be even less appealing. I haven't heard of anyone with a Brig inflatable and I suspect you'll be unlikely to get much user feedback.

If you've read the forums a bit you'll know what the general concensus is for the choice of easily packable SIBs. If you need anything bigger than 3.8 metres then I'd suggest finding a way to keep it on a trailer. And if you do go that route you'd be better off having a small RIB.
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Old 01 November 2014, 18:37   #4
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Life is about compromises. We are not able to store a trailer with SIB. It is easier to travel with a sib that can be folded and packed in the back of a SUV/ mini van etc. The 410 futura or the HD410 brig could be a nice compromise.

The Brig HD410/460 seems to have a better V hul than the Futura... Is anyone able to comment on the Brig HD 410 (or HD460)?
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Life is about compromises. We are not able to store a trailer with SIB. It is easier to travel with a sib that can be folded and packed in the back of a SUV/ mini van etc. The 410 futura or the HD410 brig could be a nice compromise.

The Brig HD410/460 seems to have a better V hul than the Futura... Is anyone able to comment on the Brig HD 410 (or HD460)?
It's not really a better compromise though which is why the 380 size is the default preference. If you really want bigger search for ways to store it, you might be surprised - I don't think you'll find many people here who would argue against convenience being a major factor in how much they use (or don't) the boat - paying to store it somewhere might let you get better value for money from it.
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Are you sure their HD series are SIBS? Within their "professional" grade category on their website, they state that their Rescue line are RIBs and refer to them as Design Category C. They also state that their HD series is Design Category C.

It is indeed a very uninformative (and truly odd) website. Video with a hottie in a black caped unikini (or something) and another doing back walkovers on the beach and sausages on a grille, but no info about dimensions, materials, weight or anything else substantive.
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Are you sure their HD series are SIBS? Within their "professional" grade category on their website, they state that their Rescue line are RIBs and refer to them as Design Category C. They also state that their HD series is Design Category C.

It is indeed a very uninformative (and truly odd) website. Video with a hottie in a black caped unikini (or something) and another doing back walkovers on the beach and sausages on a grille, but no info about dimensions, materials, weight or anything else substantive.
There Sibs alright, can't find the page your talking about you got distracted?

I have always liked excel range http://www.excel-inflatables.co.uk and if you want to go large they do a 7m Sib ��
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Can't really comment on the Boats.....but Judging by the How Rough and Tough those "Special Forces" types look in the Video. SCAREY!
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There Sibs alright, can't find the page your talking about you got distracted?
I was referring to the video on the website that was linked in the original post BRIG Rigid Inflatable Boats ? film

That's not to say I didn't get distracted.

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Can't really comment on the Boats.....but Judging by the How Rough and Tough those "Special Forces" types look in the Video. SCAREY!
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