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Old 27 June 2013, 16:08   #1
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Happy SIB users?

Sorry for the strange title, its the best I could come up with,

Looks like I will finally get to buy a boat unfortunately it looks like I will not be getting the Redbay cabin rib I had hoped for.

I think I am going to be limited to a SIB that I can put in the back of my Toyota Surf and pack away again when the day is done so to speak.

My question is, are there any Sibers who quite happily do this on a regular basis or do you all mostly get fed up and get a trailer?

Not really got room on the driveway for a small rib and trailer so a bit limited really.
Also as the engine weight will be a limiting factor, what size outboard is likely to be the best option.?
Looks like anything over a Mercury or equivelant 9.9 fourstroke will be too heavy to lift on my own.

Any ideas?
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Old 27 June 2013, 16:15   #2
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Sorry for the strange title, its the best I could come up with,

Looks like I will finally get to buy a boat unfortunately it looks like I will not be getting the Redbay cabin rib I had hoped for.

I think I am going to be limited to a SIB that I can put in the back of my Toyota Surf and pack away again when the day is done so to speak.

My question is, are there any Sibers who quite happily do this on a regular basis or do you all mostly get fed up and get a trailer?

Not really got room on the driveway for a small rib and trailer so a bit limited really.
Also as the engine weight will be a limiting factor, what size outboard is likely to be the best option.?
Looks like anything over a Mercury or equivelant 9.9 fourstroke will be too heavy to lift on my own.

Any ideas?
It depends on the sib, as some are very easy like the Bombard 380 so you should never need a trailer if it fits in your car boot

Some others don't pack down so well and can be quite heavy too
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Old 27 June 2013, 17:12   #3
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Hate trailers, hate inflating/deflating/packing away etc, get an air floor SIB, a 9.8 2 stroke and whack it on the roof. Stays inflated and ready to go in the garage all summer and packed away in the winter.

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Old 27 June 2013, 17:16   #4
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I was thinking maybe a Bombard Xpro C3 Commando or similar, they look well built and should be a safe reliable bet.
I did look at the Seasearch sibs at the boat show a few years back, they looked very good.
I would ideally like an alluminium floor, I know it will be a longer job putting it together but I like the idea of the hard floor.
Probably nice to get as big as possible 3.8mt as a minimum possibly 4.2mt.

Willing to spend as much as nessesary to get the best boat in the class I am restricted too.
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Old 27 June 2013, 17:23   #5
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Hate trailers, hate inflating/deflating/packing away etc, get an air floor SIB, a 9.8 2 stroke and whack it on the roof. Stays inflated and ready to go in the garage all summer and packed away in the winter.

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Trying to get away from putting stuff on the roof, not easy on your own as I found with the kayaks. Dodgy back doesn't help.

Looks good on your Land rover though
Nice beach too, where is that?
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I would ideally like an alluminium floor, I know it will be a longer job putting it together but I like the idea of the hard floor.
Probably nice to get as big as possible 3.8mt as a minimum possibly 4.2mt.
You *really* won't be wanting to be rigging/de-rigging something like that out of your boot every time you go out, it will need a big lump on the back too. Seriously, anything bigger than 3.5m w/15 2 stroke needs a trailer.
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Nothing wrong with a kitted out Zodiac with wood floor, air keel, and some good fuel. We have a 285 Zody with an 8 Mariner 2stroke. My 14 yr old and 9 yr old son and myself at 85 k's so 170 all in plus 30 litres of fuel have the SIB planing in a squirt and she'll keep going. Proper tool. Keep the tubes tights and we fly for hours. Proper piece of kit.
Keep the boat AND engine in the boot of the XJ. Use that to launch the SR on occasion too.
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You *really* won't be wanting to be rigging/de-rigging something like that out of your boot every time you go out, it will need a big lump on the back too. Seriously, anything bigger than 3.5m w/15 2 stroke needs a trailer.
Yep, it also takes up a huge amount of space in the car. Zodiac 3.8, Yamaha 25 and fuel tank only just fits in the boot of a Range Rover.

Air floor 3.8 is the biggest I would go without a trailer. Invest in the best used 2 stroke you can find, much simpler and lighter than a 4 stroke with no storage issues.

Or go for the kind of boats you are looking at and get a trailer, you also need at least 15hp or 25hp to make them interesting.
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Bombard aerotec 380/15hp best SIB package all day longs
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I think if I was in your shoes (and I very nearly am) I'd look at an airdeck around 3.2-3.4m. Anything with a hard deck is going to be a PITA to break down and set up. I'd look for something with the biggest tubes possible. At that size, a 10hp will drive you on quite well and be easy to lift. Anything bigger is just getting into trailer territory, IMO. You need to pick your days well in a boat this small, but they can be very rewarding as you're really down in the weeds.

You'll want a bigger boat - but a cabin RIB needs a big driveway
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