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Old 13 May 2008, 08:44   #1
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Buying a new Inflatable and Engine.

Hello,

I want to buy a little inflatable (arround 3m) and a 4,5 or 6 HP engine. I prever a Suzumar ds320 with allumimum floor and a suzuki engine but want to keep my options open of what you think. A Zodiac or quicksilver are also great models!

my budget is arroung the 2100 euro(1700pond), the boat i buy has to be new.

Which models are also great but good priced?

(im from holland, so dont blame me of my bad englisch)
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Old 13 May 2008, 09:01   #2
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How will you use the boat? If it is just as a tender to a larger boat 6hp will be ok - if you want to use it for short trips at sea etc you will need a 15hp.
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Old 13 May 2008, 10:10   #3
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Thanks for the quick reaction!

I want to use the boat for cruising on a river. It dont have to be quick.(mac 20KM/H or else I need a sailing license) The whole set have to fit in a Car(renault megane coupe).

Unfortunality, I dont have the budget to buy a 15 HP.
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For river cruising that should be fine. My Quicksilver 3.1 rolls up into a bag. I have wooden floorboards - aluminium would be too heavy I think. An air floor is easier to use if you have to put the boat in the car all the time but a wood floor is better on the water - again on the river an air floor should be fine unless you are carrying things.

A 2 stroke engine is much lighter than a 4 stroke but noiser on a river.
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ive just bought a Avon 340 airdeck with Mercury 9.9 four stroke, with an electric pump i can have it on the water in 7 mins, great fun, 15knots for speed but still running in ish
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Old 13 May 2008, 12:55   #6
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Thank tou for all te reply's!

Alluminimum isnt that heavy...so i think it will do. In the suzumar range above 3 meters they don't use wood.

In the netherlands tyou cant buy any 2strokes new. They are forbidden because of polution. Don't know if those rules are for the whole EU. So a 4stroke is the only option.

what did you all pay for your boats, and where they new?

Greetings from the netherlands!
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Old 13 May 2008, 17:18   #7
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Alluminimum isnt that heavy...
It's heavy when made up in the form needed for a floor. I prefer airdeck floors - or wooden - particularly if it's likely that the boat will ever be used as a tender. Wood and airdeck floors float - aluminium floors don't!
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Air floor inflatables are really quick and easy to set up and pack away again, and are ideal for low speed river use.

I have a Quicksilver 340 Airdeck - something like that would suit you well. They're not expensive either.

A 5 or 6 hp motor will be fine, and you probably won't notice the difference between them.

Let us know how you get on!

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Depending on how far you want to go and speed etc it may be worth looking at these.

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...o&search_type=

http://www.torqeedo.com/en/hn/home.html

It works quite well in the tests I have seen - they aren't cheap though!!!

This one is about the same as a 6hp

http://www.torqeedo.com/en/hn/products/cruise.html
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Old 14 May 2008, 02:18   #10
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and again: thank you all,

about the floor: One of you used the line: When you ever use it as a Tender.

I Can't get "Tender" Translated to dutch. So i hope you could give a short explenation what Tender means. I will Look voor Boats with a wooden floor. My Girlfriend dont likt the airdecks because those are a bit unstable to stand one. When i buy one of those...I really think she dont want to come allong with me...

A electric powered engine is a good alternative, unfortunalty: I really love the techic used on combustion engines. the sound, smell and looks...

thanks!
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