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Old 21 November 2014, 15:57   #11
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I have a 2009 Zodiac 340 Acti-V with 15hp Mariner & lots of add on accesories, very easy to store & will easily get up on the plane with two adults & two children. Drop down Trem transom wheels included so moving and launching single handed is easy.

I have used it a couple of times for fishing & simply drape a tarpaulin on the floor & over the top of the side tube just to ensure nothing gets marked or stained.

Were in the process of buying a selection of Kayaks as our main requirement for being on the water is close to shore & rivers so the Kayaks will hopefully offer more participation from all the family.

I was going to wait untill summer to advertise mine but you are welcome to take a look if interested.
That's a very nice outfit.
I'd be sorely tempted were it not for the fact that i need to sell my Drascombe sailing boat first!
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Old 21 November 2014, 18:52   #12
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Jimbo. Have you read my review of our "new to us outfit"... the same Zodiac as T4Bus has?

Zodiac 340 Acti-V & Mercury 15 2-stroke Mini Review.

Ours is 5yrs older than his with pointy cones but the same 340 model. Our 15hp Mercury outboard, as you may know, is exactly the same but with a black hood and Mercury decals.

We've had slightly larger inflatables, heavier inflatables, smaller and lighter inflatables but after a few years of swapping about the need for easy portability has led us back to this combo.

BTW which Drascombe? We came so so close to buying a Scaffie about 25yrs ago but ended up with a Coble type cuddy fishing boat with outboard. Then more recently a Coaster (I think) with small cuddy lying on the marshes attracted us to its for sale sign but having moved away from a trailed boat I resisted... just... but the Mrs was keen.
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Old 21 November 2014, 19:05   #13
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I'd be sorely tempted were it not for the fact that i need to sell myDrascombe sailing boat first!


Aside from dropping on here for a read & seeing your interest in anoutfit, our Zodiac isn't advertised anywhere & is not likely to be untilthe summer, so it may well still be around for some time.

My motor is not winterised, I simply start it every few weeks & run itup so if you’re feeling brave & fancy popping up a county, your welcome totry ours up the river to see if this type of boat would suit you, would be agood excuse for me to get it out too For us it's just a little noisy& for those not on the tiller it gets a bit sedentary after a couple hours

I get what you’re saying about the convenience of putting it in the boot etc.but living so close to the coast I'd seriously consider finding some storagefor a Rib.
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Old 21 November 2014, 19:22   #14
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Jimbo. Another point to pick up on... you asked if the T40 is manageable with the boards out.

On an inflatable with a hard floor you have to deflate it to remove the boards so they would be fitted at the time of assembly and inflation when you take it out of the car.... so you have to consider once set up the weight will be all in with floor.

The T40 weighs 190lb... the Zodiac 340 airfloor weighs 88lb. It is a hell of a difference once you try to do anything other than move them along a smooth level-ish road on their transom wheels. Also a smaller outboard isn't ideally suited to moving those larger alloy floor Honwaves, they deserve a 20-25hp ideally.

Having said all that the 3.5 and 4.0 Honwaves are well made, very roomy and stable.
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Old 22 November 2014, 03:11   #15
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I used to regularly launch and recover a heavily-built old inflatable around 3.4 metres long and a 9.9 2 stroke on my own. However, after a while I bought a 3 hp engine to keep the effort down.


My earlier boat was about the same size and even heavier and I had no launch wheels. I used two long poles and used them like a stretcher with the other ends dragging on the sand. OK for short distances. It was hard work but I could get the boat from the roof rack to the water and diving gear assembled and on board and me kitted up in under an hour, and it took a similar time to get my diving gear and boat kit back into the car and the hull folded and onto the roof rack.
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Old 22 November 2014, 03:44   #16
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I have pretty much the same set up as paddlers Honwave 3.5 ae and Tohatsu 20HP 4 stroke.
I bought it as a inflate / deflate SIB.
I used transom wheels during the initial stages.
It was manageable - but only just on my own.
I quickly got hacked off with the inflate / deflate / reinflate and wash out / repack process.
As I grew to love all thing SIB and added bits and pieces it quickly became apparent that this process was unsustainable as I wanted to use it most weekends.
There was many occasions where I had a spare few hours after work and fancied going 20 miles from home to the beach to do a bit of sea fishing.
However the thought of having to wrestle with a heavy SIB and heavy engine (52kg) in and out of the car and in and out of the water made the notion of a few hours fishing untenable as more time would be spent building / inflating/ washing / packing the darn outfit.
For me a the dreaded trailer was the natural progression to facilitate more regular use.
Thereafter a 4x4 suv replaced my beloved hot hatch.
All that is required now, is to put engine in boot and hook on the SIB and go.
For me the trailer makes the SIB much more user friendly.
Furthermore I get much more use out of the trailered SIB.
I'm now looking at an air deck 3 m SIB that I can carry inside my caravan for use when away on hols.

I think for occasional use a set up like mine is fine but for more regular use get a trailered set up.
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Old 22 November 2014, 04:41   #17
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Kaman is spot on with his post. We mainly use ours for a two week holiday so once it's built it stays that way.
If I was using it a lot and lived closer to water I'd definitely have a trailer.
I don't own an electric pump but would have one if I was using the sib a lot.
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I have a honwave 3.2 meter airfloor with a mercury 15 outboard and to be honest its about as heavy as would like to be carting about .im 6 foot and 15 stone and fairly fit for a 51 year old and find that the weight of the sib packed is as heavy as I would like to lift in and out of the car the same for the outboard .also the size of it packed and the outboard ,fuel tank ,seat ect virtualy fills my vw caddy van
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I suffered a prolapsed disc in my spine several years back wrestling with my Sib and outboard whilst launching and retrieving it from the sea.
Neither Sib or outboard shape or weight lend themselves to being manhandled easily.
Now mines rolls on and off the trailed at the waters edge.
The trailer stays dry as the launch wheel are deployed to launch and recover.
This makes the Sib much more user friendly and as a result I use it much more often and get a lot more enjoyment out of it.
If a trailer is a no no I would be leaning towards a 3 m airdeck and a Bravo 12v airpump.
The honwave is a great Sib but it is a heavy old beast.
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Old 22 November 2014, 06:39   #20
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that a smart looking set up Kaman . I would like a alloy floored bigger sib but it would defeat the object of selling my speedboat and buying a sib (portability with no storage issues) im getting a collapsible launch trolley for me birthday as its cheaper than the curved launch wheels for mine . then I wont need to carry mine into the water.
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