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Old 01 August 2013, 14:37   #11
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So far the only mod that I have done is to glue some foam mat to the floor board by the bow for where my little brother kneels when bouncing around on waves. Just to make it more comfy for him and the dog
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Old 02 August 2013, 03:48   #12
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That's a smart dodger.

Let me tell you my story: my dodger is plain, as I just use it to keep cargo dry (I do not mind splashes, they are welcome in summer Med). And I moor my sib at the beach. This combination is lethal: usually seagulls go there and - well, the dodger is a restroom.

Thus, a non-horizontal dodger is not so comfortable for seagulls.

I need a dodger with that shape but stronger: when tiying the painter I have to lean over my dirty dodger.
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Old 02 August 2013, 11:58   #13
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Hi azzuro ..thanks for looking in on this thread.

I envy you with your warm weather.. here in Scotland..it can get very cold on the water..even in summer time. It could just be my old bones feel the cold more though, so I try to stay as dry as possible.

I understand and sympathize with your seagull problem..as I get it on my boats too. I suppose we should just be thankful the cows dont fly and make a mess on our boats too

Hmmmmm... I can never think of any time that I would need to lean over my dodger to get to the painter ? Can you give a bit more detail as to when you would do it ?

I often see small boats with cabins up front and the crew climbing over the cabin roof and then balancing on the small front deck to recover the boats anchor. Or worse still ... lying flat on a small deck reaching down to get to the tied off painter while the boat bobs in the waves. This practice is wrong and quite dangerous..its too easy to fall overboard.

The correct way to tie off and recover painters or anchor ropes is to attach another rope to the painter/anchor rope and keep the other end in the boat. To explain better..I have recreated the situation on dry land as my boat in not in the water at present .... and attached the photograph.

Imagine the blue rope in my photo is the anchor rope tied off on the front rings of my SIB (ok..i know it should be a bridal connection to the two side rings..but for simplicity in this description ....I tied it to the front ring)

To retrieve my anchor..I dont clamber right to the front of the boat and lean over to reach the blue rope. I stand well back and pull the white rope which is tied to the blue rope. This pulls my blue rope (anchor/painter rope) into the boat and then I pull it in in a safe comfortable position... if all that makes sense ?

If its too rough a water to pull the rope over the side of the boat..I will use the alderney method which utilised a floating buoy..but Im not going onto that here as it takes a lot of practise to do it.

Forgive me if you know all this already ..but perhaps some people may benefit from this practice




Hi again rossymtb... sound like a good idea. I had a dog too but staffies dont like water so she didnt want to come on my small boats.. sadly..she is no longer with me.
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Old 03 August 2013, 09:15   #14
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I have almost finished making the fishbox furniture for the front of my SIB, so I can now show some photographs of what I have been yabbering about.

Take one fishbox which was found on the shore. A plastic storage box which was found in a skip. A ply wood box that I made for a previous boat. A tin of primer and one of red paint...and you get this.



I cut the fishbox with an electric grinder, so that the plastic storage box is a tight fit in the middle of the fishbox. I also made a plywood lid for the storage box and painted it black.



The fishbox has holes in the bottom so its ideal for storing the anchor and its ropes in the side pocket. It will remain open to the elements.



The storage box is waterproof as there are no holes in it and the lid had side flanges. The lid is strong enough to sit on ..or use as a picnic table.. or a fish bait / cleaning cable. (I will make a plastic tray for when its used as the fish table)

I will keep flares ..lifejackets..and other stuff that needs to be keep dry in the storage box.



The other side of the fishbox will hold my inflatable pump, home made bailer, etc..stuff that doesnt need to keep too dry..but I will eventually make another ply lid for it. The wooden box is waterproof too so will keep my tools ..spare plugs for engine ..some 2 stroke oil ..and inflatable repait kit.. small stuff like that

So far... all this excellent starage space...has cost me the price of a tin of paint. It doesnt look too bad either..although I appreciate that may be a matter of opinion.

It will be strapped down to the mounts already on the boat so it cant shift in a chop. It is very light in weight and dismantles very easy.

Next.. to make ..is my console to hold the fishfinder..batterys.. compass ..and hand held VHF... coming soon ..
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That's not three boats, that's a fleet! Some ingenious modifications there!
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A pity that A model bow sibs like the Quicksilver loses so much front deck space. BTW, if you inflate more the Avon Redcrest, will engine rock less on engine mount ? Is that a slatted floor sib ?

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Old 04 August 2013, 03:16   #17
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Hi spartacus ..thanks for your comment, its appreciated ..I guess my modifications show what can be done when someone starts "thinking outside the box" ..if you pardon the pun.

Hi Locozodiac ..thanks for your comments, they are appreciated too.

I guess it depends what we use our boats for ..whether I have lost the front deck space or not ?

Here is a brief description of my usage ...

My family have long left , so 90% of the time..Im on my own in the boat..and I prefer that, as Im a bit of a lone wolf. I like my comforts so carry a lot of gear. I use the boat for day long excursions into the remote areas of Scotland. Ok ..I dont take the kitchen sink with me..but I do take aux outboards and all the safety gear..fishing gear .. BBQ gear etc.

Here is a photo of my first day in this boat..and I consider everything taken was essential. However it was all just thrown aboard as I was very impatient to try her out.

Now... in my opinion ... my modifications make a far more elegant solution and I want weight up front..so that I can have the main and aux engine dangling off the transom. So Im glad that I have gained the front deck space in this boat to store it all there..if that makes sense ?

Where do you store your gear ?



I also like disappearing into the wilderness on "camping trips" in my boats. Here is a photo of my "cabin cruiser"..where I have had many a good nights sleep. In the better weather ... I often give myself the challenge that I have to survive a week in the wilds .. without food..except for the fish that I catch. If I dont catch any fish..I sometimes eat the bait..and I hate shellfish. I usually crap like a seagull after these self imposed challenges though.

You may ask ...Why not camp on land ? But if you have ever spent a night ashore with Scottish midges..you will understand why I prefer sleeping over the water.



I do occasionally intend sleeping on board my SIB once I get a "tent" rigged on her..so again..I want everything ..up front.. then I have the main floor space for the camp bed.


Re the Avon.. its pumped up hard when I use it.. but its still too flexible for my 3.3 mariner outboard..the detachable outboard bracket start to detach itself from its mounts on the hypalon.... its just the nature of that little boat.

It has a hypalon floor with a 5mm piece of marine ply for the rear floor..it bends to your shape if you sit on it.... so there is no rigidity anywhere. I think if you got it rigid enough to put an outboard on it to make it plane..it would be too dangerous and directionally unstable for use.

However ... someone else may say its great fun with a 10 horse engine. Everyone has different ideas on the use of their boats..which is what makes us all different.
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... I often give myself the challenge that I have to survive a week in the wilds .. without food..except for the fish that I catch. If I dont catch any fish..I sometimes eat the bait..and I hate shellfish. I usually crap like a seagull after these self imposed challenges though.

...Everyone has different ideas on the use of their boats..which is what makes us all different.
Great stuff and congratulations on your challenge! I like a bit of (mild) bushcraft myself but hats off to you for the above.
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Gurnard : Nice mods , keep the pictures coming. very pleasing too building your own stuff, I always find. keep up the good work.
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Thank you for your kind words and encouragement Max and camelgas ..its appreciated.


They say necessity is the mother of invention... and I agree ..all it takes is a little “thinking out of the box”


I have had this boat around three weeks now and Im still finding my way about it. I love the boat and the engine.. but I find the trailer difficult to get on with.


Its a heavy brute and a bit rusty from the dunkings in the sea from its previous lives. I checked the bearings as soon as I had swapped my other boat set up for it and as expected ..they were rusty..so I changed them out before towing the boat home.


I have trailered it two journeys of around 200 miles round trip each already and I go on holiday at the weekend and want to take it to the far north of Scotland. I wondered how the inflatable would get on being towed all these miles as there are no mudguards on the trailer. I assumed the boat acted as mudguards.


I searched this forum to see what other did to protect their SIBS while towing and thats when I found that the trailer isn’t legal .. it must have mudguards.

A slight panic as I realised I am working until Friday evening ..then hoped to depart early Saturday morning, so no time to think about ordering any in time for the weekend. However a quick look in my store shed soon settled my panic. I saw another plastic box that I had rescued from a skip.


This one is flexible but hard plastic around 5mm thick. The angle grinder soon cut in it half. A piece of 10mm exterior ply screwed to its base made it rigid enough to bolt a couple of pieces of 1” galvanised square tube to the home made mudguard.


Some more thinking out the box for DIY mudguards




This was then bolted to the trailer arms with 8M galvanised bolts.




This is how it will look to the traffic police if they want a look ..hopefully its legal ? .. it is certainly sturdy enough...and it will protect the bottom of my SIB






I mentioned at the start of this thread that some of my DIY improvements are plain ugly and this is one of them..but if its functional..it will do me in the short term.. and allow me go on holiday with piece of mind..


I have not forgotten about showing the method I use to lift the 25Hp engine from the car to the boat without giving myself a hernia.. I will show it before I go one holiday.

Thanks again for looking and to those who comment.
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