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Old 30 May 2013, 05:32   #1
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First proper sib help

Hi everyone,

I'm currently looking at getting my first proper sib, at the moment I'm trying to get a honda marine t35. Any head up on these would be great.

I know it can take up to a 20hp which is what I would like but is a short or long shaft outboard best.

With my smaller 2.5 sib I've got a small 3.3hp short shaft but I was wondering would a long shaft be better for a larger boat?

Also if anyone could give me a information on other decent sibs which are above 3 meters and able to go out into the sea safely. I wish to fish from the boat so a hard floor is a must also i want to use it for fun such as with a donut.

I don't suppose anyone knows what the robe is called which connects to the boat and then to the donut.

Any help would be very much appreciated, thank you

Morgan
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Old 30 May 2013, 05:37   #2
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Definitely short shaft it will perform better. Long shaft tend to cause splashback. Have a look at Bombard.
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Old 30 May 2013, 06:50   #3
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Bombard 380 Aerotec with a 25 don't be put off it may have a air floor but I have had it for 11 years and fish off it never had any problems I also pull a donut with my sons on 14 and 15 stones only 1 at a time .it is also a lot more stable than most normal inflatables hope this helps
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Thanks for that AJ, I've just had a quick look now and what do you think about the zodiac 3.5 mk2? Would you say these are better than the honda marine t35?

The only thing I can see different is that the zodiac can take up to a 40hp instead of the Honda which can take a up to a 20hp

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Thanks for that Tom, that sound perfect for what I want! I just worry about hooks with the inflatable floor!

I will check them out now and see what there like

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Thanks for that AJ, I've just had a quick look now and what do you think about the zodiac 3.5 mk2? Would you say these are better than the honda marine t35?

The only thing I can see different is that the zodiac can take up to a 40hp instead of the Honda which can take a up to a 20hp

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I honestly couldn't tell you as I only have a diddy SIB. I have seen the Bombard as PeterM on here has one and it is as previously posted a nice stable SIB. I know some people on here put old carpet on the airdeck to prevent punctures
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Bombard 380 for sure even my mum had a go in PeterM's yesterday! It was awesome 4 up with a 25 short shaft
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Thank you for all your feedback but I'm still unsure.

I do really like the honwave t35 but I also like the bombard. There is one up for sale at the moment with a solid floor as I'm unsure about the inflatable floors and wish to continue with a solid floor.

Would both these boats be able to attach a donut to the back with an 15-20hp outboard?

Some places which I've read say the honwave is slightly better than the zodiac.

I have seen a zodiac funtua mk 2 which looks quite nice, what are these like compard to the 380 and the t35?

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You should contact PeterM, he has a spare bombard 380 in grey! You never know, he might let it go???
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all the boats you are looking at are good all I can say in favour of the bombard that I have got is the when the sea gets rough the bombard is properly the best of the bunch as the deep v hull gives it the advantage it respond's more like a rib
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