Originally Posted by beamishken
I still don't get why anyone would buy a sib then never deflate it.It seems pointless having all the downsides of a sib then not using its one huge advantage
If it's never going to be deflated buy a rib, then you don't need worry about stowing the engine & you can fill it with stuff & use it as a trailer.
A basic rib will perform much better,be stronger & Ali ones are lighter than sibs.
I suppose the decision is do you need &will you use the convenience of being able to pack it into a small space
I agree with all of the above.
If I went back to 2010 armed with what I know now I'd be buying a small alu hulled rib - comparable in size to my Honwave.
For me the initial reason for going for a sib was being able to take it away with my caravan.
Soon I wanted to use it regulate from home for local sea fishing and quickly got hacked off with the build up strip down and wash out process that accompanied every trip.
It got to the stage where I really wanted to go out sea fishing on various particular days but didn't because I couldn't be arsed wrestling the sib out of the garage and putting myself through another build process - hence I built a trailer.
I've now got a small slat floor Seago for my caravan trips which is a doddle to carry and build .
When it comes time to say ta ta to my Honwave it will be hello to an aluminium hulled rib.