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Old 06 March 2009, 05:09   #11
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I have to agree with Nexus. I now keep my SIB on a trailer as the hassle of the constant packing unpacking was a barrier to going out and enjoying the boat and that was without the hassle of getting diving gear on and off!. It would work if you were going away for a few days and could keep the boat inflated when you were at your base.

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Old 06 March 2009, 05:40   #12
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It would work if you were going away for a few days and could keep the boat inflated when you were at your base.
That's a good point - thanks Keith.

I'd imaging that I'd mostly use the boat on weekends away when I'm off somewhere with my caravan. So I guess the time spent inflating it when I arrive on a site and putting away before I come up might not be as bad as it would be if it was just a day trip.

It sounds like the ideal situation for me might be to have a SIB on a trailer that I can keep inflated in my garage and tow to the local river, docks but can pack up to go in the car/van when I go away on long weekends or longer trips near the sea.

So it's now a case of just chosing the best comprimse of size over ease of handling. I'd ideally like as large as possible so that it's as useful as possible. But also want to be able to unpack, inflate, mount engine, deflate and put away by myself.

Still sounds like quick silver 380 with a 20hp 2 stroke is the sort of thing I should be looking at. Pricies for this sort of set up seem to be in the 2000 - 2,500 range.
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Old 07 March 2009, 03:32   #13
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It sounds like the ideal situation for me might be to have a SIB on a trailer that I can keep inflated in my garage and tow to the local river, docks but can pack up to go in the car/van when I go away on long weekends or longer trips near the sea.
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Old 07 March 2009, 03:57   #14
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I had a yam 380s with a 25 on the back. It was ok inshore with 4 divers and kit, ok with 6 and no kit

It would just fit on the roof rack inflated, so with caravan on the back you'd just get away with taking it inflated.

I did end up with an ebay trailer as I was fed up blowing it up - but it would fit in the caravn if you needed it to.

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Old 07 March 2009, 04:19   #15
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How about this one - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/quicksilver-in...3A1|240%3A1318
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Old 07 March 2009, 04:37   #16
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That'll do it.
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or this - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/YAMAHA-3-8M-IN...3A1|240%3A1318
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Old 07 March 2009, 07:40   #18
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Sounds like a good plan. Do a search here for for "airdeck" to see the pros and cons of different floor types.

Two to consider are a Bombard 380 Aerotec (inflatable floor) or a Quicksilver 380 Sport (floor boards). Both take up to 25hp, but a 20 would be fine. Either way try to get a 2-stroke as it will be much lighter.
If he's planning to go on a small 380 sib with 4 people and gear, 20 would NOT be fine, because you will need that extra 5hp.
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An airdeck would be completely unsuitable if the boat will be loaded with diving gear.
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I had a 25 on the back - it needed it wit all he kit. Ali floor with a cow mat over to protect it, never tried an air floor but it wouldn't be as durable if throwing dive kit in and out.

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