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Old 11 July 2009, 11:03   #1
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Floors, floors??

Hello All,

Welcome from "sunny" south west Wales.

New on here, I have been boat fishing on and off for a while and have been given permission by SWMBO that I can invest in a SIB to extend my fishing jaunts in the estuaries.

I've never owned an inflatable before, so I'm doing the rounds, searching the sites etc. Trying to glean as much information as possible.

I'm sure this question has been asked many times before, which floor ?

I would expect the rigid ply floor would be best for what I intend to use it for, but are they really a nightmare and take ages to assemble ?

Thanks

Bill
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Old 11 July 2009, 14:40   #2
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About 20mins when practiced. Easiest is to leave it inflated and stick it on the car roof - easier on a normal car than a Landie!!!

Get launching wheels as well.

I prefer an air floor - definitely more solid. If you must roll the boat up every time you use it an air floor would make more sense.
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Old 11 July 2009, 21:19   #3
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Hello All,

Welcome from "sunny" south west Wales.

New on here, I have been boat fishing on and off for a while and have been given permission by SWMBO that I can invest in a SIB to extend my fishing jaunts in the estuaries.

I've never owned an inflatable before, so I'm doing the rounds, searching the sites etc. Trying to glean as much information as possible.

I'm sure this question has been asked many times before, which floor ?

I would expect the rigid ply floor would be best for what I intend to use it for, but are they really a nightmare and take ages to assemble ?

Thanks

Bill
Hiya Bill - welcome to ribnet.
Choice of floor will depend on how you balance up time and ease of assembly against weight & resistance to fish hooks, bass dorsal fins, etc.
I currently have a couple of 10' Avon SIBs, one with an airdeck and the other with a rollaway deck. I also used to have a plywood deck 11' Avon a few years ago, so I've tried them all. My favourite to use is the plywood deck, followed by the rollaway, with the soppy airdeck in 3rd place. However, the airdeck is quick to 'assemble' (inflate only) and quite comfortable to kneel on. The rollaway deck boat is heavy and doesn't roll up very small, but has a nice solid deck, which gives a relatively stiff keel.
If I was restricted to just having one, I'd probably choose the plywood floor version, but I know some people find fitting the deck a PITA. As Codprawn says, once you're used to it, it can be done quickly: around 5-10 minutes.


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Old 11 July 2009, 23:16   #4
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Whoops - that was supposed to say I prefer a wood floor!!!

And in Swansea it has rained solid for 48 hours - - torrential most of the time!!!
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Old 12 July 2009, 06:10   #5
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Thanks for the replies,

Well it looks like a wooden floor then?

Sun only shone for an hour down Porthyrhyd way yesterday and its blowing a gale now.

Planning to use the SIB for fishing close in around Milford and Fishguard and all the other accesible sheltered beaches down this way.

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Old 12 July 2009, 09:42   #6
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Floors

We've just been through a similar choice, and we went for the wooden floor on our 2.85m Zodiac.
The first attempt to assemble it took us nearly an hour.....but the second attempt took under 25 minutes, also made easier by the fact that we installed the floor the right way up this time. A lot of this time was taken by pumping up, as we still have the cheap bellows type foot pump that came with it.
Assembling and fitting the floor takes under 5 minutes. You put all the boards in position then stand on it in the middle to press it into place. There are two side pieces to hold it in position which are installed after that. Like I said though, under 5 minutes, and it's all still new to us.
I reckon that with an electric pump we could have the boat assembled and engine on in 10 minutes.
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Well it looks like a wooden floor then?
For your intended use of the boat, I'd say so, but don't write off the Avon Rollaway. If you can cope with the weight and bulk of it when rolled up, then it's a good all round boat and the quickest of the lot to get onto the water.
I assume you're looking to carry it around in the boot of your car, rather than use a trailer? If you are thinking of trailing it, then I'd suggest you go for a small RIB instead. (preferably Avon. )
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I'll be carrying it in an estate car, some of the places I intend to use it are difficult to access with a trailer, I know I tried in my younger days!

Seems like for practical reasons a ply floor is the way to go. the combination of fish spines, hooks and other sharp things and boots concern me a bit on other floors.

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?

Thanks for the previous help.

Outboard next !

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Old 13 July 2009, 04:41   #9
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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 ?
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get a 2 stroke outboard - only used ones around now I think. ideally a Tohatsu 15/18hp short shaft. 4 strokes are very heavy to lug around. And proper inflatable transom wheels.

With an estate car it should be easy to stick the boat on the roof - no need for a rack - just attach it to the roof rails or through the windows with straps.
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