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Old 05 June 2015, 11:40   #11
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You guys are very very helpful, much appreciated again. I shall be in the water one day, afloat that is!
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Old 05 June 2015, 12:49   #12
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inflatable hull - advice please

There's a rather nice Aerotec for sale on this forum. Not sure if it fits your budget, but does look rather smart. Not cheap by any means although they do hold their price, and are amazing bits of kit!
Bombard Aerotec 380
There is also a rather smart Tohatsu 9.8 two stroke on here as well.
Tohatsu 9.8 2 Stroke, only 20 hours use!
Not strictly 'cosha' however to buy (or sell) a post 2006 two stroke for private use but still a nice motor. Although worth noting the Aerotec will take up to a 25hp for serious fun!

No connection with above adverts by the way. 😀
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Old 05 June 2015, 13:24   #13
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You say Honwaves are not old enough for your budget... no idea where this will end up but no bids at 300 so far...

Hon Wave 3.2 inflatable boat | eBay

If the budget is really tight (you don't say where you'd want to be for boat plus engine) then don't discount the wooden floor/inflated keel old Avons and Zodiacs.... they are often a very cheap way of getting on the water.
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Old 05 June 2015, 14:15   #14
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If I had to wait and save a bit more would you guys say it would be better to hold out for a Bombard?
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Old 05 June 2015, 14:30   #15
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For a first outfit I'd just go for the best value brand name boat + engine you can find at an acceptable distance (maybe following the brand/size/power guidelines in the sticky). Once you start trying to buy boat and engine and extras separately it works out a *lot* more indeed. If you see something on those searches you like contact the seller and try and do a deal outside ebay if you can face to face for cash. Done all my deals this way.
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Old 05 June 2015, 15:17   #16
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>>>If I had to wait and save a bit more would you guys say it would be better to hold out for a Bombard?

Only if you are happy to lay out 1800ish on an outfit or perhaps 2000+ if Bombard + 15hp bought separately.

There are many very satisfactory ways to get out on the water for far less. For example this sold near me earlier this year...

zodiac dinghy inflatable 10x5 solid floor yamaha outboard/ evinrude outboard | eBay

750 with trailer 2hp and 4hp motors. So you buy the lot then sell the trailer and 2hp leaving you with a very decent price outfit that would take an outboard upgrade in the future. No idea what age the outboards were but in rough figures suppose you sold 2hp and trailer for 300 then would you see the boat plus 4hp as good value at 450??
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I'm not sure what the OP means.
I live on the other side of the Atlantic and my sib has a Vhull
In fact the Zodiac Fast Roller series not only has a high pressure Vhull but a high pressure Airfloor also.
While it is not as strong as a hard bottom rib.
It is head and shoulders better than a standard rib with a low pressure hull
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Also from the zodiac line
The Vhull sibs will be marked as Activ-V
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Old 06 June 2015, 16:49   #19
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I'm not sure what the OP means.
I live on the other side of the Atlantic and my sib has a Vhull
In fact the Zodiac Fast Roller series not only has a high pressure Vhull but a high pressure Airfloor also.
While it is not as strong as a hard bottom rib.
It is head and shoulders better than a standard rib with a low pressure hull
Not sure what you mean by 'low pressure hull' ?! but no SIB (despite what BS the manufacturers spout) has what we over here consider a proper (deep) V hull (a la Searider, Ribcraft etc). All are virtually flat except for the Aerotec with a very moderate V hull. Good as they are they are a poor cousin to a SR.

All others including Zodiacs, Honwaves etc are virtually pan flat at the transom.
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inflatable hull - advice please

There's a Honwave T35 for sale by Glow of this parish here;
2013 Honwave T35 for sale
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