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Old 13 January 2012, 09:01   #1
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Chandelries in the North West of England?

Hi All - I'm hot for buying my first rib/ sib but cant get a feeling for them over the internet. I want to use it for mapping so have equipment and stuff and it needs to fit me in a way that it's easy to work in and comfy for long periods. I would ideally like to have a sit/ play with a few but all the big chandlers seem to be on the south coast

I think something along the lines of 260cm would be quite adequate.

Does anyone know of a place on the north west coast that I could go to and let rip with the old debit card?
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Old 13 January 2012, 10:31   #2
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2.6m is a bit on the small side for a RIB although no doubt someone makes one.
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Old 13 January 2012, 10:43   #3
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2.6m is a bit on the small side for a RIB although no doubt someone makes one.
I wont be using it it sea just need something for one man and some equipment of small fresh waters. Been looking at weveco wetline wavelin 260's etc etc. I think they are classed as sibs?
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Old 13 January 2012, 17:25   #4
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Are you going to tow it or put it in the back of your car/van?
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Are you going to tow it or put it in the back of your car/van?
Got a passat estate with a tow bar but I will be looking to inflate/ deflate each time and carry it it the boot. My housing situation wont allow me to have a trailer because I have a small back gate
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In that case I would go for an airdeck with HP electric pump.
I have a honwave 3.2 with honda 10hp and launch wheels and can manage it easily by myself.
The airdeck is light and simply to inflate, you don't have to mess about with floor panels which add a lot of weight and take up more space.
It's also pretty solid when it's at the correct pressure, hence the electric pump.
I think you'd need to be about 30 stone to inflate it using the supplied foot pump.
Not sure what gear you're carrying but I suppose you might need to be careful that there's nothing that could damage the floor.
I'm selling mine as I've just bought a 3.8 and 20hp, it's not so easy to manage by myself, but is still possible.
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In that case I would go for an airdeck with HP electric pump.
I have a honwave 3.2 with honda 10hp and launch wheels and can manage it easily by myself.
The airdeck is light and simply to inflate, you don't have to mess about with floor panels which add a lot of weight and take up more space.
It's also pretty solid when it's at the correct pressure, hence the electric pump.
I think you'd need to be about 30 stone to inflate it using the supplied foot pump.
Not sure what gear you're carrying but I suppose you might need to be careful that there's nothing that could damage the floor.
I'm selling mine as I've just bought a 3.8 and 20hp, it's not so easy to manage by myself, but is still possible.
Here lies one of my problems. the airdeck seems great however I need to transport 2 x 110ah leisure batteries. Withe the slatted floor I would have to position the batts on the slats but how would the airdeck fare with the weight of them?

They way around 25kg apiece (55lb)

And i am of course interested in more info about yours as you are just up the road from me
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Withe the slatted floor I would have to position the batts on the slats but how would the airdeck fare with the weight of them?
If I was following you around, I'd be able to tell you how to do that.

But I gave it up...
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The airdeck is pretty solid, I'm about 85kg and it hardly depresses when I walk over it.
You could fix the batteries to the bottom of the bench seat as 50 kg is only about the weight of a child and it can take a large adult no problems.
The airdeck also has the advantage of more depth inside and gives you more leg room, comfier if your sitting about for a while.
your more than welcome to come up and have a look if you want.
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I bought my RIB last year (3.3m) and have all the gear however I am looking to move elsewhere and will be looking to sell it. Let me know if you would be interested Europa Sport Inflatable and Rigid Inflatable Boats

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