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Old 25 November 2012, 08:51   #1
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Defender SIBs, anyone??

Does anyone own or have any experience with Defender's line of boats?
I assume they're Chinese by the price ($4300 for a 17.5' CSM-Hyp) which is a little concerning but hey, wth.

How about JP Marine?
Yah, I was just thinking about possible upgrades in a year or two and was wondering if these are even worth a shot.

Here's a link to the Defender boat
Defender First Responder, Aluminum Floor 17' 5" Inflatable Boat

Not seeing much on the web in terms of reviews for both of these companies... A couple hits on JP Marine but nada on Defender.

Thanks in advance
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Old 25 November 2012, 15:51   #2
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Looks to be good, heavy duty fabric (Achilles version of hypalon 1670 dtx). The price is very reasonable for a SIB of this size.

There is a forum member ( slance ) from Defender Industries who posts regularly on the North American forum. You might want to send him a PM to get more information on this boat.

Defender also sells a full line of mil-pro zodiacs, Avons and other brands, so he should be able to give you a fair idea of how their "house brand" SIBS would compare against the bigger name brands.
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Old 26 November 2012, 10:05   #3
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Why do you need a 17.5" sib for ? Defender is a reputed sib/rib dealer, should stand well honoring their warranty. Know the builder, one of the most reputable Asian manufacturers with presence in 45 countries worldwide, that is with different dealers brands names. Use French Orca Hypalon 1.0 mm fabrics.

Personally don't like sibs over 4.60 mtr lenghts, floor rigidity, side joiners issues specially in choppy seas if used as work boats. Check their line of Defender X Pro ribs...

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Old 26 November 2012, 11:50   #4
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Sea Swift on the south coast have the full range and offer full backup and warranty. Having experienced these SIB's I reckon they punch well above their weight. Look good. Sturdy as hell and over equipped.
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Old 28 November 2012, 01:58   #5
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Sea Swift on the south coast have the full range and offer full backup and warranty. Having experienced these SIB's I reckon they punch well above their weight. Look good. Sturdy as hell and over equipped.
Which South Coast Are you talking about? How close would it be to the Greater Denver area?

17.5 feet is an excellent & very practical length for a SIB, which would be capable of handling large loads. If you are looking at using it on large inland rivers and lakes for extended camping/hunting trips with 2-3 other guys, this would be good size for that.

If you will be frequently loading and unloading heavy or awkward gear from beach landings (rather than dock) the lower freeboard height of a SIB (rather than a RIB) will be handy. If you will be going through (reasonably mild) rapids along the rivers, the soft bottom of a SIB will be more forgiving.
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Couple of thousand miles I reckon ;-)
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Old 30 November 2012, 00:18   #7
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I bought the 13'9" Zodiac because it's only 185 lbs and the outboard is about 100 which means that it's a one man operation.
A 17'5" boat would be great for extended trips with more than one person... rafts seem to fill up quick when you factor in all the camping gear, hunting stuff, etc.
My purposes will only include freshwater ops, don't need a big seaworthy setup.

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That's a perfect size & roomy sib, neat for a 30 HP engine, congrats!!

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That is the same size Zodiac as I have. Which model of Zodi? What outboard did you get for it? HP and brand?
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Congratulations. That is a good size for 2 people with reasonably compact camping gear.
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