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Old 30 May 2013, 16:30   #21
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Am afraid "thestig1973" if I could afford the zodiac I wouldn't hesitate but they are a bit out my price range, this is something I would be looking at in the future. Possibly next summer. Just out of interest how much are they second hand as the ones I can only find are around the 2000 mark?

Thank you "Johnny5vikk" for all you help, I think for now i'm going to keep my eye on this Honda Marine T35 and try to get it and then add a 20hp. When I go out fishing there wont be more than 3 and normally it would only be 2.

I know you say about the flooring and packing the car up etc, luckily the nearest slipway which I can use is only 2 mins down the road so its not far. The packing of the car would be the hardest part but it saves walking half an hour up the cliff to where I normally fish, plus a lot easier Thank you for pointing all the factors out to me even if they are negative.

With the air floors are they some what solid? as I went out on a small sib which just had 3 wooden slats on the floor and it seemed really unsteady which makes me want a solid floor.

I will keep you all updated on what happens, hopefully I will know if I have this SIB by the weekend.

Thank you again to everyone
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Old 30 May 2013, 16:33   #22
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An air deck when inflated to the correct psi are solid
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Old 30 May 2013, 16:54   #23
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Really....o I thought they were so to say squishy.

I take the air floor is shown in the price and overall weight of the boat! With an air floor would you go faster than a solid floor?

Thank you
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As an airfloor user I agree with AJ -the key is having the correct pressure in the floor. I was less than impressed with my floor when out on the water until the advice on here recommended topping up the pressure once the boat has been in the water for a couple of minutes. Now my routine is boat in the water and then use the electric pump to bring it back up to pressure. What a difference that makes. And yes having the ait floor makes it a realistic and manageable job deflating and transporting each time.

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Really....o I thought they were so to say squishy.

I take the air floor is shown in the price and overall weight of the boat! With an air floor would you go faster than a solid floor?

Thank you
Airfloors are the best innovation in Sibs in the last 20 years, they are light and when correctly inflated just as rigid as a hard floor. They also make inflating and deflating a boat easy and quick. The slatted floor you have used previously is nothing like an air, or hard floor, they are for very low powered tenders.

Seriously, if you intend to inflate and deflate every time you use the boat, learn from everyone elses mistakes and get an airfloor. The hard floors are an extra hour of work and 40kg weight you don't need. Because of the weight saving, an air floor in a like for like boat will be slightly quicker.
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Old 30 May 2013, 18:06   #26
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Morgan968 A decent futura will cost 2k+ depending on age and outboard

Honwaves are great sibs and possibly the best value branded kit with strong 2nd hand resale values

Just buy one, get out on the water, have fun :-)
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Old 31 May 2013, 01:37   #27
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I think I will keep to the honwaves for now and think about a futata for the future.

Thank you for opening my eyes up about the inflatable floor, i could never of imagined the air floor being hard!

I'm keeping my eye out for the v shape inflatable floor t38 as well but the only trouble is I can't find any which is in my price range. I can only find the t35 with the slatted floor! and the one which is near me ends soon!

I will keep you all updated on progress and what happens within the next couple of days.

Thank you again to everyone who has replied and given me advice on what to do.

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Invest well, whichever brand model you buy; if it's air deck with inflatable keel or a Vib deep V air floor go for the max HP engine stated on transom's tech plate to take the max out of that sib/engine combo, placing a higher HP engine than recommended will be overpowering...

Get a Bravo 0V-10 electric pump for 3.5 psi tube and air mat inflation + a Bravo 4 Alu hand pump to top that air floor once on water.

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I looked at the Honwaves but went for Zodiac FastRoller in the end. The reason being is that the Zodiac FR air floors are not the bottom of the boat unlike the Honwaves and other Chinese imports. So if you get a puncture in the bottom of the Zodiac, its not likely to compromise the high pressure floor.
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Hi everyone,

Been looking around at more sibs which are in my price range and what do people think about the prowave HD 380?

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