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Old 19 May 2008, 04:21   #31
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Scuba diving is not a option the shores of holland are boring! and the water is not cleen enough for diving(A)

boat on image: corvette c300.

This boat comes wih wooden floorboards, and have a good price! think its a great option. the company name is Grand, doesnt hear from it bevore. Does anyone know if the qualaty is good?

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Old 19 May 2008, 09:48   #32
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Grand is a Canadian based company. I have no idea if all of their boats are manufactured in Canada. There are some inflatable boat companies in North America (more springing up all the time) that don't actually manufacture their own boats. Some have them manufactured in large plants in Asia (who manufacture for many companies) and have the individual boat company's labels put on them. Some of these companies might make their higher end lines domestically themselves and have there lower end PVC SIBs made in Asia.

Give consideration to the fabric material. A high quality hypalon (such as that from Orca/Pennell) will have a much longer longer life expectancy than PVC. Be aware that there are also some very low quality 'hypalon' fabrics now coming out of Asia that are no more durable than some of the PVC fabrics. If the fabric is made of hypalon, you can be sure that the promotional information from the company will make that very clear. Get them to clarify who makes the hypalon they use. If the boat is made from PVC, the promotional information might refer to it as PVC, but might very well use various euphemisms such as 'strongan duotex' or 'mirasol' or something along those lines.

Here is Grand's website;

http://www.grandboats.com/index.htm
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Old 19 May 2008, 11:10   #33
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With respect to PVC & Hypalon must add:

PVC sibs are made mostly in Asian factories in 0.9 fabric material, very large PVC Sibs/Ribs are made using 1.2/mm fabrics, with thicker fabric decitex and more Gr/Mt2 compared to standard PVC.

Asian Hypalon, we aware of "thin hypalon" to lessen prices some brands are made of 0.9 mm hypalon fabric, will last tonger than "standard" PVC but are real thin and prone to more abrassion, cuts, etc. More costly hypalon sib/ribs depending on how long they are, are made in 1.0/1.1/1.2 mm fabrics, that costs a lot more and will last & resist longer. Typically 3/1 Hypalon/PVC prices. Your budget and boating needs will decide which material.

"If the fabric is made of hypalon, you can be sure that the promotional information from the company will make that very clear", yes as a sales issue against PVC, but generally won't state the fabric thickness, so ask for it....

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Old 19 May 2008, 11:30   #34
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Scuba diving is not a option the shores of holland are boring! and the water is not cleen enough for diving(A)

boat on image: corvette c300.

This boat comes wih wooden floorboards, and have a good price! think its a great option. the company name is Grand, doesnt hear from it bevore. Does anyone know if the qualaty is good?

Greating. Bas
If you haven't bough your sib yet, would recommend not to purchase any sib under 320/330 air deck or alum floor with at least if buying a Tohatsu engine a 9.8 HP 2 stroke if available. If counting with a larger budget, a 350/360 VIB or Alum floor model with at least 15/18 HP 2 stroke engine will perform better.

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Old 19 May 2008, 13:23   #35
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A 2 stroke will not be available new for purchase cause there not allowd in the netherlands to sell(except tldi). more than 10 hp is not a option because the motor will be tho heavy and the boat will go to fast(when going fasther than 20kmph you need a sailing license).

Have sent a mail to grand with the question where the boats are manufactured en what kind of material is used. Hope they reply soon.

Is a boat from the brand: Zodiac, Brig Suzumar, and quicksilver always made from good material?

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Old 19 May 2008, 13:34   #36
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Loco just posted some excellent information there.

Further to selecting boat length, once you've decided on a manufacturer and model line, go with the longest boat from that line that you can fit in you vehicle and that you can handle. I've have a 3.2 meter Zodiac SIB and a 4.2 meter Zodiac SIB, both with the same basic central inflatable v-keel design. That extra meter of length makes a world of difference when the water is choppy.
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Old 19 May 2008, 16:42   #37
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Cant find the website of quicksilver, does someone got the adres?
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Old 19 May 2008, 18:25   #38
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Loco just posted some excellent information there.

Further to selecting boat length, once you've decided on a manufacturer and model line, go with the longest boat from that line that you can fit in you vehicle and that you can handle. I've have a 3.2 meter Zodiac SIB and a 4.2 meter Zodiac SIB, both with the same basic central inflatable v-keel design. That extra meter of length makes a world of difference when the water is choppy.
Yes all will depend on what your boating needs will be, that is: if you want an all inflatable sib, a alum fllor sib, if you are going to inflate every time you are going to use it, maybe all inflatable would be best, if you are using a sib trailer with mounted all times engine, etc. This is a personal decision and all of us who are experimented boaters have passed through this issues. Pick the sib/rib/engine combination you are confortable with.

In my case have 2 sibs, a 320 inflatable floor with a Tohatsu 05 HP 2 strokes engine that is transported in my car top to any place where there's water and a trailered 360 alum fllor with a Toh 18 2 strokes for longer & faster cruises mostly launched through marinas. Yes a sib and engine lenghts makes a big difference.

Regarding the PVC & Hypalon posting, know this theme well because my boats are made to my specs in a reputed Korean Boat Factory, have offered me both in 7 different Orca thickness fabrics, but prices vary and increases accordingly as you opt for thicker PVC & Hypalon fabrics.

If you can get this tech info from the boat delaer will be better, hope he's not lying as you would need fabric samples and a vernier for thickness calibration so to compare between all fabrics. 3 for PVC & 4 for Hyplon. Manufacturers usually makes 3 party brands sibs in PVC 0.9 mm and Hpalon 1.0 mm fabrics. Costier & Larger 420 sibs/ribs and up are made In Hypalon 1.1/1.2 mm fabrics.

The 320 is PVC 1.0 mm fabric, the 360 is PVC 1.2 fabric

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Old 19 May 2008, 18:51   #39
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inflatable.

I have owned
3 avon redcrests (round tails) very good but basically tenders slatted floors
2 avon redstarts same as above basically
2 avon rovers, 1 slatted floor brilliant to live with but little prone to fold if too much power size 280
the other a 310 with solid floor superb but a bit of a hassle to assemble /dissasemble but to be frank it was very good afloat.
1 quicksilver hd (hah) 430 rubbish absolute rubbish. it folded when we had a 9.9 4 stroke on and was really an expensive "cheap" boat, never again.
1 waveline airdeck 3m easy to live with takes a 6hp 4 stroke well and goes well so a really nice little boat.
1 quicksilver airdeck 310 again very good nothing like the 430 and I loved it
had the same 4 stroke suzuki and it was very good afloat
1 avon typhoon 3m solid floor ok but hassle to assemble as the unit was not new and the floor runners had a bit of corrosion.
Plastimo 280 slatted floor, everybody makes mistakes.

so in summary I would reccomend
310/330/340 qsilver or similar, floors are easy and stable, costs reasonable and you will have enough for either 4 or bigger 2 stroke.
the bigger solid floors always end up being left on trailer or on roof rack etc as the assemby time and wear/tear can be a nuisance.

best of luck.
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Grand vs Brig

Grand is basically a Brig boat. I have a Brigs B350 find it to be a good little sib but I use it only one week a year and only row it to my fishing spots from camp. It was told to me from the Brig dealer down here that Brigs owners had there differences and separated, one kept the Brigs name the other started the Grand company.
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