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Old 03 September 2014, 15:14   #1
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Excel inflatables

Hey

Thinking of getting this:

Excel VOLANTE 330 Inflatable Boat.

Does anyone know if they are any good And what sort of speed do
You think a 9.8hp will get it too?
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Old 03 September 2014, 15:24   #2
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We bought 1 of the first 290 air deck excels into the country over 10 years ago & it's been mint
Used for several caravan holidays with a 9.9 & went realy well with 2 adults & 2 kids then used as a tender for our cruiser
We never realy took great care of it & it's stood up to the abuse realy well
I'd definitely say every bit as good as the suzumar Honda yam tohatsu branded ones
Still looks go & no dodgy joints
Not sure of top speed but we used to pull a Ringo with the kids in & it was plenty fast enough for them
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Old 03 September 2014, 15:32   #3
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Not owned one but had a good look at them and they look good bits of kit and I would not hesitate buying one
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Old 03 September 2014, 16:40   #4
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i prefer them to the holy grail of the bombard
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Old 03 September 2014, 19:00   #5
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I have one.

I am really pleased with the boat, well put together and some really good design points such as the ' over pressure release valve '.

To be honest they come up on the plane easily although I have an issue with the set up at present and cavitition which the good members of this site have given me some ideas to overcome the problem, not strictly a boat problem but air pressure and possibly motor position. I have not had a chance to try out the suggestions this week and away on holiday next week so a job for when I return.

Here is my set up.



The pressure release valve



The rear tube shape helps to get it on the plane quickly



Adjustable seat position, even placing them both together if you have a large rear, not of course that I personally have you understand



Terry Wright at Excel is a very helpful guy and a good chap to deal with.


If you are not too far from North Lincs, you are welcome to come over and have a run in her.

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Old 04 September 2014, 02:18   #6
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What kind of speed do you get with the 15hp?
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Old 04 September 2014, 04:09   #7
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To be honest I have not had the GPS on board as I have been using the SIB on fresh water so after my holiday I will be fitting my fishfinder/GPS and then I will be able to give you a better idea. It certainly goes though.
If you do not have an outboard as yet, there is no real weight difference between a 10 and a 15hp with most manufacturers and that is why I have the 15hp, more power when needed and no extra weight to lug around.

Sorry, just noticed I have spelled cavitation wrong in the earlier post.

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Hey I don't have a outboard yet so ill look around for a used one as I can't afford a brand new one at the min. I take it it's short shaft on this SIB?
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Yes it is a short/ standard shaft. My friend is going to sell his 10hp 4 stroke which is mint if that is any interest to you.

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Do you know what kinda price he'd be looking at?
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