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Old 05 March 2013, 17:56   #21
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Good point about the aux motor location, chaps.

The thought had occurred when I was looking at rear lift tabs and thought how could I fit a pair of wheels as well. But I did find a place selling specially curved ones. I was thinking how cluttered the back of the boat would be - surely all that would weaken the transom?.

Will I need rear tabs for a 12/14ft'er powered by 18hp? (yes, I'm looking at larger boats now, if I get a trailer as you guys suggest) Or a hydrofoil on the motor?
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lol - just kidding - good point

just had a cr#ppy day at work - that did make me laugh. Thank you.

Probably invalidate the warranty as well.
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Willk, nice scissors by the way. If your engine is sitting at the perfect transom heigh no need for them, are usefull when having small water splashes at back transom and at close turns.

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Good point about the aux motor location, chaps.
Will I need rear tabs for a 12/14ft'er powered by 18hp? (yes, I'm looking at larger boats now, if I get a trailer as you guys suggest) Or a hydrofoil on the motor?
Don't buy trim tabs or hydofoils before testing your boat/engine combo. Have you decided for a 12 or 14 footer sib/rib ? If you are already going for a trailer as recommended, it's the perfect excuse for going straight for a 380/420 rib...

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yes indeed. But I won't get one - there are many reasons not least is the real chance of theft in the area in which i live, unfortunately. a doctor was burgled twice last year, over $30k stolen in jewellery. my immediate neighbours have caught 2 others and given them 'plenty licks' including the ritualistic mashing of the feet with a hammer. then they call the police.

Re brands I checked out JP and they look pretty rugged. I am considering Seamax's Ocean 380t/430T and the Newport Catalina 12'6".

Any thoughts on those?
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Do thieves likes to go boating too ? Those kind of islanders probably not, what's the issue with JP Inflatables, being a heavy duty 1.2 mm fabric cost more but lasts much longer than both Seamax, Newport stardard standard PVC 0.9 mm fabrics.

Personallt wouldn't go for Seamax, have 2 at the shop with most of the upper tube accesories unglued and are less than 2 years old. High UV seems to unglue parts very fast specially if using cheap PVC glues or factory poorly glued, temp issues when assembling.

With respect to Newport and Amazon, check buyers reviews, not many favorable same ungluing issues, be aware of this. You pay for what you buy, don't go cheapo is wanting a long lasting sib specially if there are no o 0 repairing service stations in your area.

If I were going fishing/boating often a JP Patrol series 380 + Tohatsu 2 strokes 18 HP would be my choice as a starter sib/engine seaworthy combo. What happened with your $ 15 K boating budget ?

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Loco - no issues with the JP boats. In fact I have thought long and hard over what I have read here and other forums and decided that i really like the JP 'Patrol' series.

I have had a closer look at 14ft boats and appreciate they are a step up in size from the 12ft'ers. I think they will be too big for me.

So I think I am going to go with your suggestion 3.8 patrol + 18 hp Tohatsu.

You are so right about not going cheap - I can't afford to have too many problems as support will be almost non-existent on SVG. What is it they say - "buy cheap, pay twice" ?

Re my budget - I am a Procurement Consultant by trade, so, even though I have a budget, my instincts are not to spend it all and get the best value for my buck that I can. Anyway, I need some money left over for some accessories and a trailer.

To all who took the time to contribute - thank you so much. I know I would not have reached this decision by myself.

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You are so right about not going cheap - I can't afford to have too many problems as support will be almost non-existent on SVG. What is it they say - "buy cheap, pay twice" ?


Or conversely; "When you buy quality, you only cry once."
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Indeed! LOL.
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Gaz,

A 420 sib is too big as a starter sib, you'll be extremely happy with the JP-380- Tohatsu 18 performance, that horse beats any other 15 HP brand.

Try to get from West Marine/Defender or any other marine source a big bottle of 303 Aerospace Protectant, could be applied once each month, perfect UV enhibitor, along a cover. To have a real size idea of a 380 sib and 18 horse...

Get launching wheels if doing small distances house/water in/outs and a trailer if planing taking combo to other remote places.

Post some nice pics once you have that combo floating on Carribean waters, if having any tech issues installing sib/engine or at first outing just post, have fun.

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