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Old 01 July 2009, 12:05   #31
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Boat purchase

I've just been through a similar process, as a beginner, and I've been to a dealer to look at the boats. He inflated a SIB for me and my wife to get a feel of, and brought out a couple of engines for us to lift etc.
I also wanted a boat that I could pack away and put into the back of my car.

The point is, I'm 46 years old and not unfit. We found that the 2.8m boat with a SIX hp Mariner on it quite a weight to manhandle about, we could not lift it (to carry into the water) with the engine on, and would need wheels to launch it.

That's the 2.8m Zodiac with a little 6hp Mariner outboard! It fitted into the back of my small van without problems of course, and the engine went in OK (although surprisingly heavy) Anything bigger I think we would be looking at a trailer.
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