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Old 18 June 2009, 10:23   #11
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you will need a van or a trailer to put it in!
I would give graeme 2K an spend the 400 extra on petrol.
you will have balls like coconuts after humping a 40 engine and sib!
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Old 18 June 2009, 10:32   #12
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In short, and I don't mean to be abrupt:-
You don't have a hope unless you've got a Transit van to carry something that big , the engine will be too heavy to manage easily and getting the floor in will be more of a pain in the butt than towing a boat.
Don't worry about being abrupt, information's what I'm after whether I like it or not. :-)
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Old 18 June 2009, 10:43   #13
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Where are you planning to use it Vincent?
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Old 18 June 2009, 10:46   #14
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I'd pay less for a proven boat on a decent trailer ( ie the searider) . Trying to lift a 40 ( even a 2stoke ) will soon put you off using the boat & you will end up with a trailer anyway .

The SRr will handle better, is proven , comes with a trailer , and is less money .

If I were you while having to tow may not be ideal it realy is a better way to get out with the kids , cheaply & safely .
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Old 18 June 2009, 10:49   #15
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The problem with the Northwest of England is lack of slipways. I've often thought about getting shut of the RIB and going for a decnt sized SIB to beach launch but with my health I'd end up using the SIB less than my RIB.
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Old 18 June 2009, 10:51   #16
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Where are you planning to use it Vincent?
Mostly on holidays in the South of France or Spain. A friend used to have one 10 years or so ago and we'd use it to go out to the islands and go rock jumping. I know it's a lot of money for once a year but I love the sea and think my Grand children would absolulety love it, as would I of course. ;-)

It'll probably be used for fishing as well in North Wales as one of my sons is a pretty keen fisherman.
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Old 18 June 2009, 11:15   #17
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IMO a Sib that big will be to big to handle when deflated, very awkward to pick up and carry. When loading it into the back of you car after use it will make aright mess of it.

I would go no bigger than 3.8m and even thats a heavy awkward load. Engine size would be no bigger than 25hp, but even they are heavy and awkward to carry and when stored in the back of a car the inevitable petrol smell is.....not very nice.

If i was you I would go to Billinghams and deflate and inflate the SIB and carry the engine.
I have just purchased at 3.8 zodiac with a 2 stroke 15hp and its not as straight forward as the brochure says.

Will you take it down to Spain and leave it there or bring it back and forth?
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If youre still reading after all that Id appreciate any advice.

wel itt woz a bitt lonng windid butt owld gitts doo tennd too rambul onn a bitt

jus bare inn mynd dat ifn yew bi a ribb yew av gott too bi a dril az wel. de blakk an dekker, de riyobi, de bosh an de wult arr orl tryed an prooven maiks
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Old 18 June 2009, 13:47   #19
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wel itt woz a bitt lonng windid butt owld gitts doo tennd too rambul onn a bitt

jus bare inn mynd dat ifn yew bi a ribb yew av gott too bi a dril az wel. de blakk an dekker, de riyobi, de bosh an de wult arr orl tryed an prooven maiks
Crikey what Drugs are you on,lol
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Old 18 June 2009, 14:01   #20
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Crikey what Drugs are you on,lol
None, he's from the Isle of Man.
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