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Old 16 May 2009, 16:05   #1
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Finally Got my SIB

It`s an AVON 3.41RAB (Roll away) For inshore fishing and messing about on the water.
Didn`t think I could go far wrong with a British Manufacturer (unless you know otherwise)
There will be 2 of us and performance is not an issue but will want to get her on the plane.
Looking for a cheap (if there is such a thing) 9.9HP - 15HP short shaft 2 stroke, working or not, but not seized.
Any out there ?
Cheers
Sibbob
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Old 18 May 2009, 13:19   #2
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It`s an AVON 3.41RAB (Roll away) For inshore fishing and messing about on the water.
Didn`t think I could go far wrong with a British Manufacturer (unless you know otherwise)
Sorry I can't help much with the outboard, you could try:

Seamark Nunn

http://download.seamarknunn.com/usedob/used.pdf

or FairweatherMarine (nothing on the web but they usually have a few for sale)

http://www.fairweathermarine.co.uk/

As well as Ebay, boatsandoutboards etc.

As for Avon

Cheers

Chris
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Old 19 May 2009, 08:53   #3
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It`s an AVON 3.41RAB (Roll away) For inshore fishing and messing about on the water.
Didn`t think I could go far wrong with a British Manufacturer (unless you know otherwise)
There will be 2 of us and performance is not an issue but will want to get her on the plane.
Looking for a cheap (if there is such a thing) 9.9HP - 15HP short shaft 2 stroke, working or not, but not seized.
Any out there ?
Cheers
Sibbob
Well done ,nice sib mate
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Old 19 May 2009, 16:55   #4
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Good boat - I have the 3.1m version which goes really well with a 9.9hp.
The only downsides I see with the RAB are:
1. They're bulky when packed away, due to the floor design.
2. They're quite heavy for their size.
If you can live with these disadvantages, then they're a good all round boat.
I'll mention, before Codprawn beats me to it, that transom wheels are a great thing on a boat of this size/weight.
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Old 20 May 2009, 17:45   #5
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Avon RAB

Thanks DHD.
Already got the wheels and stainless to make some launching wheels.
At 49kg, doesn`t sound heavy but when all bagged up it is a fair lump. I was surprised (getting weaker in my old age)
I have always wanted my own boat but have never had the room to store one, but the SIB is rolled up and kept in the garage. - PERFICK!
The seller told me that when on the plane the floor goes very rigid although it has flexible jointing between the boards. How does your 3.1 behave ?
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Old 21 May 2009, 12:58   #6
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The deck isn't as rigid as a traditional plywood version, but a lot better than an airdeck. When it's just getting up on the plane, you can see/feel the deck flexing into a wave pattern coming towards you, which seems odd at first, but once it passes your feet, you know you're up and away!

I quite like it and despite its disadvantages, if you have the room to store it and the strength to carry it around with the deck in-situ, then it's a quick and easy way to get from the garage and out on the water and you don't have to worry about fishing hooks or Bass dorsal fins.
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