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Old 20 May 2008, 13:06   #1
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Inflatables from Mailspeed Marine

http://www.mailspeedmarine.com/infla...el680151.bhtml

Any comments on this model please, good/bad on either quality or price?

I am thinking about something to hang my 6hp aux off just to play with. Don't want to spend too much money but must be able to carry a couple of people and be fairly light.

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Old 20 May 2008, 13:14   #2
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They are ok actually, seen them in the store at Burnham. Have seen a few people with them too.
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I think you'll find they are exactly the same as a branded model. The quality is fine - although hard to choose any particular one at that price point.
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Old 20 May 2008, 16:13   #4
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Ta - ok next question - why would an airdeck model cost significantly more than a slatted floor model (£349 against £279 for the same one with a slatted floor) when from what I read on the other thread a slatted floor one is probably a better bet??

Also would an airdeck one have a slight V to the bottom "hull" shape while the slatted floor would be completely flat, or is that not necessarily going to be true?

The packed dimensions on the site suggest they are both the same size when folded down (important as freight to the moon is ruddy expensive!)
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IMHO the air deck is way better than the slatted floor in a inflatable. any water that gets into it on the slatted one will go the the lowest point. where your feet/knees are. air deck the water gose around the edge of the inflated floor first.

as to the V on the hull this depends on the size and make as I have seen them with both so best ask the question. but I am guessing that one in the link is a flat floor as it looks just like my mates one. good wee bit of kit and not too wet and yes I have been out in it when I would rarther not have.
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My Quicksilver has a wooden floor but it also has an air keel - weh it's inflated it looks almost like a cathedral hull.
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You wouldn't have an inflatable keel with a slatted floor and I suspect the airdeck boat would be the same. A lot more goes into an airdeck than a few planks of wood, explaining the extra cost of this version. Both are cheap, so I'd go for the airdeck.
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i have an airdeck quicksiler and while they are lighter and apparently easier to assemble than the wooden or metal floor models i am not convinced they are stiffer

however if you are sitting in them charging around they are more comfortable than a solid floor

couple of tips

dont get an inflatable thwart
try to get a boat where the fuel tank fits under the seat

problem i had with a previous boat was it had an inflatable thwart, then 5 gall fuel tank, then a rather nice bag at the front of the boat (was a bombard tropik aero) however the space in it that was left was annoying small

my quicksilver is huge inside in comparison

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Ta - ok next question - why would an airdeck model cost significantly more than a slatted floor model (£349 against £279 for the same one with a slatted floor) when from what I read on the other thread a slatted floor one is probably a better bet??
It sounds like you might be confusing a slatted floor with wooden floorboards. They are quite different.

A slatted floor is a soft, flat floor, stiffened with a number of crosswise slats. They pack away easily because you leave the slats in and roll it up, but they're are only only suitable for low power and low speed.

A high pressure inflatable floor gives you a relatively solid floor, so you can have an inflatable keel.

A wooden (or aluminium) floor creates an absolutely rigid deck, with an inflatable keel. The boat will perform better than an Airdeck, but is heavier, bulkier and significantly more hassle to put together and take apart.

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It sounds like you might be confusing a slatted floor with wooden floorboards. They are quite different.

A slatted floor is a soft, flat floor, stiffened with a number of crosswise slats. They pack away easily because you leave the slats in and roll it up, but they're are only only suitable for low power and low speed.

A high pressure inflatable floor gives you a relatively solid floor, so you can have an inflatable keel.

A wooden (or aluminium) floor creates an absolutely rigid deck, with an inflatable keel. The boat will perform better than an Airdeck, but is heavier, bulkier and significantly more hassle to put together and take apart.

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