Hi again Fenlander..I was aware of that review.. and I strongly believe it a very good and honest review..Im not in a position to even suggest otherwise..as I have never seen an aerotec in real life .. nor the 370 F Rib ..never mind try them.
For clarity..I also think your review of the aerotec is very good and honest. I am certainly not debating that fact. I do believe you when you say it handles chop very well and cuts through waves rather than slap them.
The point that I was debating earlier is my 4.3m heavy wooden floor ..air keel SIB handles chop just fine... and on the plane ..my bones are the same age as yours too. From my experience of boats..longer boats generally bridge waves that shorter ones cant.. thats all I was trying to suggest..and its only my opinion. Im just sorry we couldnít have met at Loch Sween..I almost went but was else where when you were there. I would have had no problem giving you my SIB to try..and I would love to even see an aerotec..never mind watch one in action.
Thanks also for giving the link.. although Im a member on both sites.. I donít want to upset folks here by linking or mentioning the other forum ..which is why I pasted the direct video link of the skate fishing..rather than a link to the forum.
However..hopefully you can now see the benefit of looking on other forums ? A wider range of opinions is always good..that why I started going there. It is like the photo forums..I learn far more from a wider group of members. I do however take your point..it would be nice if we all lived in the same place.. but I have to accept that wont happen.
Im also aware Harrison got a refund because the pressure release valves didnít work properly. F Rib had no problem dealing with the matter to the customerís satisfaction. The F _Rib 360 that was with us at the weekend didnít have any problems. Paul the owner was completely satisfied with it.
I recall the first major posting about the F Rib on this forum. Im sure you do as well. Before even seeing one.. I spotted the problem that I thought the three wells in each folding compartment could get water in them..and that would annoy me.. having water sloshing around in the compartments that I could not reach to bail out when under way. I was answered that it was a very dry ride ..even in a chop..so it wasnít a problem. I looked in Paul's F -Rib after going through these seas on Saturday
Not only was it a strong wind..but we had a major tide rip to cross on the southern tip of Lismore. It didnít surprise me to see some water in his three compartments...but hey..my SIB had a little more..but it was all below my floors so didnít bother me. I think even the Mull car ferry would get some water on board that day..so its only to be expected.
That is why I said in my first post ..a Face to Face is best..I was told no water got in the boats.. you can read that in the thread on this forum. I was seriously thinking of buying one based on forum posts.
Im happy to stick with my own SIB now..and put up with my only complaint about it.. its very heavy to get back on its trailer..however after the face to face meeting with lots of other SIBS and their owners.. I think I have solved my problem..its not a boat problem.. Im going to get a break back trailer..and until then..Im going to do what I did with my hardshell boats..float the SIB on and off the trailer. I stopped doing that last year as its not galvanised and I was changing wheel bearing every two months.
Amukinado..sorry for going off topic a little..as I realise you want different SIB suggestions ..and that is what I have been trying to do..not just focus on one SIB. Im not pushing any brands ..just offering different brands. Blootac mentioned another brand that I believe is good..and that is the Excel range
Inflatable Boats Sales at Excel Inflatables. RIBs and Outboard Engines.
They have airfloors..and there was one at the weekend meet I attended ..the owner was very happy with his. Worth some research too.