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Old 15 June 2015, 07:22   #31
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Hi andyjackson.. to go back on topic ...perhaps it worth following this thread ?

Scottish SIB outing 2015 by the Gurnard

The reason being..3 different Honwave SIBS with airfloor..two with ali floors.. a Quicksilver 4.3m wood floor.. and a solid "SIB" all went through some of the strongest tides in the UK..then battled back home into a freshening F4 wind that produced a fair bit of chop..including the odd 2m tall standing wave.

The quicksilver is much the same as the Seapro you mentioned..except mine is 4.3m in length

It didnt surprise me to see.. there was little difference in the performance and handling ability of any of the boats there. There was not an Aerotec.. but I very much doubt it would significantly handle any better that any of the other boats that were out there in those conditions

Everyone will tell you their boat is the best brand.. go by the size of your purse and how you want to store or trailer it

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Old 15 June 2015, 07:37   #32
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I'll support what the Gurnard said. All the boats coped remarkably well in some interesting waves. I think John Kennett was trying to get a collection of car toppable size SIBs together to do some side by side tests on the south coast somewhere. So you might be interested in those findings too.

IIRC only the airfloor Honwave at the weekend was carried in the back of the car the others were all on trailers which probably tells you something about the faff-factor involved in setting up the others and/or the weight.

Normally we reply to threads about "which boat" with "you need to tell us what you are going to do in it and how many people etc". With SIBs I think the question is "you need to tell us how you plan to store, transport and launch it". If you are going to end up with a trailer and launching at proper slipways etc, and can keep the engine on during transport you will end up with a very different solution from singlehanded launch from the back of astra anywhere I can get close to shore, stored in a shed,
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Old 17 June 2015, 18:19   #33
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honwave or seapro

I have s Honwave t38ie, it takes me no time to inflate and get on the water. I've had it out in choppy stuff, and only this week I was side by side with a 3.65m rib at WOT.
There was nothing between us with the same size 15hp outboard.
Floor stability was paramount for me in my boat purchase, I have a 4yr old that I needed to know was safe, she loves it, the Mrs hates boating, she feels fine in the Honwave.
And just to put your mind at ease, if you turn the Honwave upside down, you can actually stand on the "V -Hull" without it caving in!!!
I'd say that's pretty impressive for an air floor.
It planes with 3 on board & a 15hp outboard no problem. It's flat(ish) inside, I can stand up to fish, it'll take a 25hp outboard and carry 6 people.
Don't worry about buying an old one, mine is a 2008, it mint. No glue failure, no leaks, no air drop.
The only boat I'd swap mine for and that's only if mine got wrecked is an F-Rib.

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