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Old 08 December 2010, 07:37   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Portishead
Length: no boat
Join Date: Dec 2010
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Hello & Your Advice Needed

First of all Hello - this is my first Ribnet post although I have been lurking around here for sometime. Anyway I am looking for some SIB advice if I may?

Basically I am looking to take the plunge and buy my first SIB, in fact my first boat. My main requirements are:

Able to cope with 4 adults
Used on Rivers, in the Bristol Channel which is quite literally on my front doorstep and Fishing.

I am happy to trailer the boat around.

Above all I want something that is fun, relatively comfortable and easy to handle.
I am drawn to the Zodiac classic for some unknown reason! Are these any good?

I have about 5k ish as my budget.

Any advice/experiences would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance

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Old 08 December 2010, 09:32   #2
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: Wildheart
Make: Humber/Delta Seasafe
Length: 5m +
Engine: Merc 60 Clamshell
MMSI: 235068449
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Hello, and welcome to ribnet!

I can't give a lot of advice with regard to the Bristol Channel, but I would think for 4 adults you would be needing a 4-ish M SIB or a 5-ishm rib (Console takes up space)

I would guess at 20 Hp minmimum for that kind of load on a SIB.

What I would suggest is get on a course first. If nothing else, they should have a varierty of boats and you can get a better feel for what might suit you. Alternative is keep an eye on the "cruises" section, people are sometimes looking for crew, again, you will get a feel for the different craft out there.

I happened to trip oer a couple of Avon SIBs on Ebay this morning, one was down your neck of the woods. Type "Avon Inflatable" into the search box to get an idea.

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Old 08 December 2010, 10:57   #3
Country: UK - Wales
Town: West Wales
Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
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As you're happy to trail it, 4 adults would be a lot happier in a RIB than a SIB, particularly out in the Bristol Channel.

5k will buy you a decent second hand RIB around 4.5m
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Old 09 December 2010, 04:54   #4
Country: UK - England
Town: Portishead
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Thanks for you help on this so far.

I am thinking that a RIB might be a better way to go.
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