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Old 26 August 2014, 18:58   #11
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It is indeed!! I only have room for one. The way I see it is that the aero will do everything I would do on an sr and more. However if one came up at a good price.....
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No it will be on a trailer or on the roof 90% of the time. Aerotec is purely an option due to the hull shape. Did it not have the 'deep' vee I'd be looking at Alu floor all day long for practicality. Although it's no doubt a lot lighter too

Apart from being a bit lighter there's no real benefit of an Aerotec if you're keeping it on a trailer. It won't perform any better than an ali floor SIB with an inflatable keel, the point is that it's an air floor that is just as good as a hard floor SIB.

Going for a conventional SIB gives you more options, and will probably be cheaper and have more space.
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Thanks that's an interesting point. The thing I'm most concerned about is the best hull design although I wouldn't entertain an inflatable floor were it not for the hull shape. How much weight are we talking for an Ali floor? And am I over thinking things?!!
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Have you considered a light weight aluminum RIB instead? I haven't tried one yet, but I would expect them to outperform any comparable SIB.

Have a look at Ribeye and Highfield for some examples. The biggest drawback is likely to be a lack of second hand availability though.
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How much weight are we talking for an Ali floor? And am I over thinking things?!!

Aerotec 380 - 43kg
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First SIB: Bombard Aerotec 380

Christ I thought that was the weight of the floor for a second!! 24kg is still significant though I guess
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Christ I thought that was the weight of the floor for a second!! 24kg is still significant though I guess

Yep its significant if you are inflating and rolling each time, thats why the Bombard is so good, it can be easily handled by 1 person.

But if its on a trailer, the difference is not worth mentioning.
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Ok that's good. Guess it's the same as 20L fuel. Ish.
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Having owned all these options and a SR I'd say that weight is extremly significant and makes all the difference (especially if you lean it up in a garage or shove it up on a Landy roof liek we do) as does the fact the bottom of a SIB is 'soft' and thefore a lot more forgiving when launching on the beach.

I'd disagree slightly with John though, if the typical airfloor (with *very* mild 'V' floor) scores a 3 or 4 out of 10 in the handling stakes and maybe a solid floor SIB hits 5 or 6 then the Aerotec is a definite 7 or 8 IMHO. This allowing that a SR might be a 10+

I love SIB's but my old SR 4.7 was a bit special too. Comes down to compromise as ever - if you will always use a trailer, have access to a slipway and are happy with the higher fuel/running costs etc then a small RIB is great.
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So, after considering all the advice given and weighing up my options I've just been to view a quicksilver 3.8....and bought it! Only up the motorway from me which is a bonus because they are few and far between when you live as inland as possible! It's mega clean and is the alu floor version with a mariner 25. Despite having no trailer we agreed what I thought was a fair price. Will get me back out on the water if nothing else. I may keep my eyes peeled for an aerotec but I can see me learning to love the solid floor. Also has the steering and throttle 'cockpit' conversion which I am still undecided on.
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