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Old 23 March 2009, 06:55   #11
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Originally Posted by willfinch36 View Post
I had an avon redstart with a 4hp yamaha, that would skim the surface really well, once had 12 knots out of it when i was about 14!!
did you ever try it with the engine on and no floorboards in ...very intresting results lol ,,talk about folding boats ,

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Old 23 March 2009, 07:03   #12
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no i always had the wooden floorboards in, i dont think it would have been very erm.. safe?!

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Old 05 July 2011, 06:15   #13
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Searching in old posts to try to find what boat to choose. There's not many options if you want to do a bargain in Sweden. I decided on the Zodiac 340 cadet fastroller, but it slipped out of my hands and I cannot find another one. I'm also investigating importing a Bombard 380 from finland, but that's no picnic either, and certainly not a bargain.

However, it seems like Peter M and some more has much experience with small SIBs, and I got really interested in this thread. What boats except the 380 has more of a keel to handle choppy sea? I'm going slightly into the ocean so I'd like it to handle there too.
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Old 06 July 2011, 14:11   #14
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We've got a Zodiac 2.85m SIB with a solid floor and inflatable V-keel.

It planes easily with two of us on board, achieving 14-15mph on the GPS. The engine is a 6hp Mariner 4-stroke.

With just me on board the top speed is about the same but it gets there faster. It handles fairly choppy water OK but you need to sit in the boat (as on this picture) as it bounces around a bit.
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Old 06 July 2011, 14:47   #15
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I got a 2.5 mtr bobbard Ax with flat bottom air floor planes great with a 4 hp on I am only 12 stone and have to get right to front thou lol
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Old 21 July 2011, 19:11   #16
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I have a zodiac zoom 3.4 with a 9.9 hp 4 stroke yamaha it has the plywood floor sections with a small inflatable keel under them (the keel has a leak that prevents it staying inflated for more then about 1minute . So it is basically a flat btm) and I can get 2 adult men with fishing gear on plane pretty quickly if the weight is distributed properly ( fuel tank and one passenger up front gear in the middle and driver at back . My top speed on flat water with that set up is about 28 kph

Hope that helps

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