Originally Posted by Slaphead
I own and use an ex Royal Navy Gemini and ex Royal Navy CRRC 520.
They are not the same same as the Zodiac military series sib you have but are not dissimilar(over 4 metres)....so for what it is worth...
I use mine on trailers/launching trolley because they spend most of the year on them and 6 monthish in storage so are easy to break down.
If they are going to spend more than a few days afloat it is more practical to to carry it to the waters edge in a pick-up and assemble them there (20 minutes).
If you are only going to use it for a couple of hours/daily use periodically then a trailer of sorts is the way to go...believe me assembly/disassembly will soon take the fun out of it especially if you have dive/camping/hunting equipment as well.
And on that point a max of 25 hp two stroke outboard engine is quite sufficient for propulsion and manhandling to the waters edge. I recommend you do not leave it on the transom during transportation on the road.
A defunct caravan chassis is good to modify for permanent usage.
Hope that helps.
Many thanks, I instictively love the look and design but folowing the advice received will take it a bit more time to evaluate my needs before buying it. The issue with Panam is that there is a wide area which is worth exploring, pacific and caribbean side and sometime is may worth putting the equipment on some small ferry services to island further out 30/40nm...
If I have to trailer it, it may be perhaps worth investing on a bigger rib with redundant small o.b. to get me to some offshore islands 35/40nm out of Panama City... I have done 60nm on a 21' sailing trimaran but it was always within sight of the land... I am not sure if even a bigger FC530 properly set up with rigid floor and with a small redundant engine would be safe or practical for criossing 35nm of clear pacific with swells up to 8'...or not?
I am aware that there is not one size for all purposes and there will always be some compromises but I am trying to find out a bit more about the boundary for use of these SIBs...