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Old 06 September 2011, 05:11   #1
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help im stuck

please help ,,i have been a course and shore fisherman for donkeys years and go away a fair bit in our touring caravan so can not take a boat with us .when we are at the seaside it costs me around 25-35 for about 4 hours boat fishing,,i was wondering what these inflatable ribs with slats are like ,and would a little electric motors be ok for uk shores.the rib i was thinking about must be the type to go in a bag..any help wil be gratefully received
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Old 06 September 2011, 05:21   #2
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Firstly welcome. You'll see a distinction on here between Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RIBs or RHIBs) and what you describe - which most people just call an "inflatable" but on ribnet is known as a SIB (Soft Inflatable Boat) to make the distinction. There are several days of good reading on SIBs here and you will see that even within sibs there are variations - aluminium deck, wooden deck and air deck.

A SIB in the caravan is certainly a sensible option but you will see plenty of people suggest that assembly / dissassembly can be a pain and so towing is preferred! If that happens I wonder if you could strap it to the back of the van - where people sometimes mount a bike carrier?

As for the engine - have a wee search. There was a thread not so long ago on electric engines. I doubt many people on here would encourage you to take an electric engine to sea. VERY close to shore it might be OK, but a small petrol engine is probably a better bet.
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Old 06 September 2011, 05:25   #3
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thanks for your speedy reply polwart im so excited about maybe goin out wenever i can,,i start reading about sibs ,the only reason i suggested an electric motor is that i dont have mess around with smelly fuel lol,,thanks again i will start reading on sibs.
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No "smelly fuel" but you will have a great big heavy battery (unless you are rich and go "torquedo") and will need to provide a means of charging during a weekend away. Batteries are full of "nasty acid" and give off "explosive hydrogen" when charging so its not as 'clean' as you might at first think.

Regarding the fuel, a 12L fuel tank (thats a small one) will give you a day on the water with a small sib (9 HP or less). If you are mostly fishing and not motoring you will get a whole weekend. A good fuel tank shouldn't really be smelly - but I can see you might not want to leave it in the "van", and if I've had mine in the car and spilt a bit of fuel down the side at the petrol station it can be a bit wiffy. Might be possible to modify to fit in your van's gas locker?
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Or if you donlt want to go miles out, get a 4 or 6 hp with an integral tank, then you can keep a couple of the bog standard 5L plastic cans - they will surely fit in the locker? (possibly along with the outboard?)

Also with the battery, as Pol says you have to charge it.... and presumably your car is already dealing witrh the caravan battery....
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thanks i think a 4 sounds the best for the outfit i want to build ,,i dont want go out far of the shore,,just out a bit to fish ,,are 4 engines normally heavy ,,and will i be safe fishing in somethink like a waveline dinghy.
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We are campers also and tow a trailer. We have used an Avon Rover with a wood floor for years and now have a Zodiac Cadet with the air floor. Either type would serve you well, but the slat floor would limit you to a low horsepower engine only. That would be my last choice for your needs.

We purchased one of those platforms which mount on a trailer hitch attached to the trailer. The last trip we put the fuel tank for the motor on the platform which eliminated gas fumes in the trailer. If you have an external mount for propane bottles, you may be able to carry a small outboard motor fuel can there.

I am assuming your caravan is a trailer and not a driveable unit, so sorry if I am giving you bad information. Since being on this site, it is obvious that English English is a little different from my redneck English
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thanks frank will look up a avon rover and a zodiac cadet ,,thanks,,i looked i like the zodiac ))
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Hoped you would be happy with one. Pump the air out of the boat and floor before putting it in the carrying bag, and it is a fairly small package. Just measured ours and it measures 1'-3" X 2" x 3' - 6" plus the oars, seat, and pump. For a 9 ft boat that is not too bad.

If you go with an air floor, consider one of the high pressure pumps. We just got a Bravo to take care of the high pressure without a struggle.

You can use a variety of horsepower motors depending on your use and not be limited to a small engine only.

We have a trip coming up shortly and hope to put a fish or two in the Zodiac.
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. Since being on this site, it is obvious that English English is a little different from my redneck English
Frankc - in one thread we seem to have clearly highlighted the differences between British and American English! But your advice is sound...

In the UK:
Caravan = A trailer with a big box on it and some beds inside.
Campervan = what you guys call an RV (except usually a bit smaller that your american ones!) - i.e. what you get if you crash a caravan and a small truck!
Gas (in a caravan context) = Propane (or butane)
Petrol / fuel = "gasoline"
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