Originally Posted by Max...
Superb topic, thanks very much for posting as this is exactly the reason (as per the 'Which SIB'?) sticky so many of us always advocate buying a used big name SIB and popular engine. If you don't get into 'it' you can sell them on at virtually no cost and at least you have given it a go.
Boats are a right royal PITA and faff at times and often the effort doesn't seem worth it (loading it all up, dragging up and down a beach, too choppy when you get there, load it all up again, wash it, flush it, dry it, pack stuff away.......etc), hence the popular saying about the happiest days of a boat owner being the day he buys the boat and the day he sells the boat...
But the good days make up for it and as you say you're doing something different with the kids while so many stare at a telly or video game screen all weekend...
Would you consider copying your first post into the sticky as above as it's a valuable lesson as much as any other.
I would spilt all your gear up and sell, you'll do much better that way.
One other point is that small 2 strokes are noisy and if running at displacement speeds stick to 4 kts or so, the gains at 5 or 6 are not worth the huge increases in noise.
Also fit a floor mat of some sort, the non slip deck of SIB airfloors holds onto dirt terribly. Tubes are relatively easy to keep clean though.
I am looking to buy my first SIB/ outboard soon, having read the sticky post regarding SIB's and some insight from Landlockedpirate I am now scouring the second hand market for a 3.4-3.8m SIB and 2 stroke 15hp outboard,
Having read this post, would I be right in saying 2 strokes are louder than 4 strokes (of an equivalent hp), is it really that noticeable?
T4bus mentioned that on the river it was noisy, so does the same apply on the open sea, or is it more down to the speed you are required to travel on rivers?
I intend to use mine (when I get it) mostly at sea as we live by the coast, but I can see it being used on a local river too.