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Old 08 January 2012, 22:40   #1
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Help Deciding on a SIB!

Hi, I was just trying to decide what to replace my Achilles LT2 with. I have narrowed my choices down to either one of the zodiac or Achilles models as they have a good reputation and are readily available in the US. I was looking for between a 2.3m and 2.8m sib. The main things I am looking for are durability, many rigging options (the boats main use will be fishing), and speed as well as being able to easily get on a plane. I have a tight budget of under $1300. This boat will be stored packed up in its bag in my garage. Can you guys please help me out with my options?

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Old 09 January 2012, 01:19   #2
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2.3m is tiny, what sort of fishing are you planning on doing?
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Old 09 January 2012, 02:32   #3
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Watch the local dive boards; smallish inflatables come up on them quite often, many times at a steal (divers tend to run out of room/load capacity pretty quickly.)

If you have a magazine called Latitude 38 in chandleries near you, yachties often get rid of tenders which should suit.

I agree with Chewy, though; you're looking a really small boat, unless you are staying on calm lakes and insede protected bays. I'd think a 12' to 14' or better boat would suit you better if you're looking to go offshore in San Diego.

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Old 09 January 2012, 03:21   #4
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I will just be using it in lakes and bays and maybe just outside the mouth of the bay. I have very little space and money for a larger sib as I am only 14yo. I'm. Mostly looking for I fun boat I can take out by myself on the weekends. My family has a 20ft boat for longer trips
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Old 09 January 2012, 04:10   #5
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I did a lot of research/looking at boats when buying a SIB and ended up with a Zodiac 285s.
I was going to go for the 260 but there seemed no disadvantage in getting the 285.

It's a 2.8m with wood floor.

It's a superb boat, well made and will plane easily if required using our 6hp engine, achieving 14-15mph with two adults on board.
With one person it will plane with a Mariner 3.5hp, managing about 12mph on the GPS.
Being a solid floor it feels more secure to stand up/move about in. The tubes are large and easy to sit on if needed, to operate the engine.
It also has an inflatable keel so handles well at speed and I assume it helps it to plane easily.
The floor only takes a couple of minutes to put in.

In the UK these cost about 900 so it should be within your budget, as things are generally cheaper un the USA.
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Old 09 January 2012, 16:51   #6
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boodleboy, there are a couple of samller sib on San Diego Craigslist right now.
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Now is the best time to buy cause no one in there right mind is diving until March.
The size you are lookin at is perfect for one guy to move around and set up.
I went with a FC470 and it is a bear getting it out on my own.
Good luck and welcome to the board! we need more SoCal members!
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Old 09 January 2012, 17:42   #7
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I have been scouring craigslist for a while and haven't found a suitable boat yet. What are some of the benefits of either an achilles or zodiac. I've been thinking of either the achilles lex 77 or 88, or the zodiac cadet 260 solid. Would the achilles being csm/hypalon be that much of a benefit for my uses? and what other models of each brand would you all recommend?
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Sib

In my opinion, Hypalon is always better for a sib. it will be a little heavier but will last alot longer, especially in salt water and UV light. As for which brand, just pick one that is common in your area and has good support/part available. obviously the bigger companys like zodiac, avon, achilles are preferred.
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Now is the best time to buy cause no one in there right mind is diving until March.
Huh? Why not?

You SoCal guys have all the heat from the state through the winter (not to mention the majority of the bugs.) We're still diving in Monterey, despite the cooler temps (can't complain too much when a lot of the guys on here are snowed in.)

But, yes, winter is generally when you find better deals on boats...

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What size engine do you have, or plan to use?
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