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Old 13 July 2009, 08:34   #11
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I've had 2 Bombards ( although the 'smaller' aones - AX3 & AX2 - very happy with them both. I 'think' that Bombard, Avon & Zodiac are all ownwed by the same company now ?
Yup, all part of Zodiac now.
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Old 13 July 2009, 08:43   #12
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Hi codprawn,

I was thinking of a good 2 stroke, if you can find them these days. But I'm always wary about secondhand engines.

For my car ( well the companies) the roof bars cost about 350+! out of the price league. I did see inflatable roof racks for about 50 which fit all cars, slip through the windows.

An inflatable roof rack to support an inflatable boat, an interesting theory, might be the answer?

I see that quite a few anglers fish from 3 metre SIB's, seems small to me coming from a rigid hull background?

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Old 13 July 2009, 09:17   #13
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Hi codprawn,

I did see inflatable roof racks for about 50 which fit all cars, slip through the windows.
I was wanting to buy these - but hard as I tried I could't find a reason to justify it - but just the job for a SIB on the rook I reckon. No hard bits to rub on the boat.

I see quite a few now used by canoeists on all sorts of cars.
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Old 13 July 2009, 09:28   #14
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I did see inflatable roof racks for about 50 which fit all cars, slip through the windows.

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OOOps, I meant above the doors, otherwise you wouldn't be able to open the doors, doh

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Old 13 July 2009, 09:31   #15
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I don't think you would need any rack at all - just chuck the boat on the roof - airkeel deflated - nice smooth bottom nothing to scratch.
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Old 13 July 2009, 15:45   #16
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I've drawn up a short list, Bombard Typhoon 310 or 360 or Zodiac Cadet or Zoom 340, 350 solid. I'm leaning towards the Bombards any thoughts?
Is the cost of an Avon R310/340 keeping it off your list?
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Old 13 July 2009, 16:09   #17
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Is the cost of an Avon R310/340 keeping it off your list?
To some extent yes, however as they are made from hypalon their life is longer, so I suppose in the long run they are a better buy ?

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Old 14 July 2009, 05:27   #18
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Do I have to bite the bullet and credit card and go for Avon, even at almost twice the price of their competitors. Have the other brands such as Bombard, Quicksilver and Zodiac not upped their quality over the years.

The last time I checked the SIB market was about 20 years ago, so I'm a bit rusty and have a lot of catching up to do.

I'm hoping to make a purchase in the next week or so, many thanks for all the help so far.


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Old 14 July 2009, 18:00   #19
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Have you thought of buying something second hand?

If you're looking to buy new, then Martin at Kelpie Boats in Pembroke Dock is usually competitive on Avons, Bombards, etc.

Let me know if you'd like to have a look at a couple of used Avons to decide if the quality convinces you.
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Thanks Dai,

I may well take you up on that and pick your brains at the same time.
I used to live in Neyland and work in Pembroke Dock up to few years ago.

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