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Old 15 May 2016, 14:02   #1
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Is this normal

Hi all

Just a quick question, I keep noticing this as I deflate, bit by bit, I let one chamber down a bit and the other goes down a bit with it. Is this normal? Or should the one next to it stay hard?

Just been put briefly on my own again felt really flighty but noticed serious transom splash (it was more like swimming than boating) could this be causing the flighty feel? Or adding to it
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Old 15 May 2016, 14:17   #2
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Is this normal

Perfectly normal. Even though each chamber is separate, the cone shaped baffles will deflect to the low pressure side and give the impression that section is losing pressure slightly.... Will only go so far though. So as not to strain the baffles it's good practise to inflate and deflate in small stages.
The dreaded Aerotec transom splash. Lots of threads/info on this....often difficult to eradicate.
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It is normal.

In each manual (for SIB or current RIB) there is a warning to not inflate one part hard. You can damage membranes between tube parts.
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I've always inflated and deflated bit by bit. Just surprised at how much it seems to go softer, keep thinking of deflating one section completely to test the baffles but don't want to blow them doing this.

Will the transom splash affect the flighty feel? At the moment it doesn't feel like a boat you can use one up. I was only in the water for 10-15 mins as it just didn't feel good. Hoping some shims will help eradicate the splash and make it feel more stable.
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Just been put briefly on my own again felt really flighty
Hi Sean.. I have never driven an Aerotec.. so take this with a pinch of salt if you wish.

I have driven and owned many boats in my lifetime.. and know each different type / make..will have its own characteristics. Im quite sure the Aerotec is a very secure and safe boat.. and will do as everyone said it will do. Once you get used to it.. hopefully you too will be happy with its handling capability.

I do know air floors have a totally different feel than floored SIBS..that is why there is still the option to have either...and it will initially feel “flighty” because they are so light..but its just a different handling characteristic which has to be learned..its not a negative for the boat

My wee F Rib feels flighty too ..compared to my heavy 4.3 wooden floored SIB.. but because I took time to sus its ways.. its weaknesses and strengths .. Im delighted with it. I took it out in calm conditions first ..to build up to the rough stuff.. then strong tides etc.. so perhaps you are trying to do too much with it initially ? Learn the boat’s ways ..and use them to your advantage.

No boat is perfect..at least from my perspective and experience .. but master them and understand them ..and they will do as you want.

Hope that helps some.
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Old 15 May 2016, 15:23   #6
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Hi Sean.. I have never driven an Aerotec.. so take this with a pinch of salt if you wish.

I have driven and owned many boats in my lifetime.. and know each different type / make..will have its own characteristics. Im quite sure the Aerotec is a very secure and safe boat.. and will do as everyone said it will do. Once you get used to it.. hopefully you too will be happy with its handling capability.

I do know air floors have a totally different feel than floored SIBS..that is why there is still the option to have either...and it will initially feel “flighty” because they are so light..but its just a different handling characteristic which has to be learned..its not a negative for the boat

My wee F Rib feels flighty too ..compared to my heavy 4.3 wooden floored SIB.. but because I took time to sus its ways.. its weaknesses and strengths .. Im delighted with it. I took it out in calm conditions first ..to build up to the rough stuff.. then strong tides etc.. so perhaps you are trying to do too much with it initially ? Learn the boat’s ways ..and use them to your advantage.

No boat is perfect..at least from my perspective and experience .. but master them and understand them ..and they will do as you want.

Hope that helps some.
Thanks Gurnard, have wondered whether I need to get used to it coming from a much heavier ally floored sib. Today was dead calm and flat, really flat, though there are some currents around where I went. I was one up and nothing in the front at all, need to get a box for my heavy old anchor and find a way to strap it upfront to add some weight (it's early days). Should be out next weekend (weather permitting) with friends so this may change the feel but I often go alone.

The splash is really bad, coming over transom all the time, even with just a touch of throttle. Hence wondered if this might be part of the uneasy feel. Hopefully I'll get this sorted one way or another because at the moment it's not at all fun to use, just bloody Scarry!
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Perhaps you could try a heavy mat on the Aerotec Floor..until you get used to it ?

I sit right at the back on my heavy Quicksilver..but have boxes and anchors up front. With the wee F-Rib..Im as far forward as I can get..and she is just fine at that.



Can you get well forward in the aerotec ? If you can..try different positions. Also try tightening the outboards turning adjustment screw ..so its stiffer to turn.

Think of it as getting a different car .. it take a bit of getting used to after driving the same one for years..especially if indicators etc are in different positions etc. Adjust seat height ..get used to where the gears are etc.

Then in a few days time..you wonder where all the changes went..and enjoy the new vehicle
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Sean,

How much experience do you have?

If you've got loads with other/bigger ribs etc then it might be worth trying to meet up with someone who has more SIB experience and see how it is handling, as well as perhaps boosting your confidence.

If you are pretty new to this I would suggest finding an instructor with SIB experience (beware many have never used small tiller steered inflatables in anger). Small boats can feel quite vulnerable until you understand their limits.
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I think most of these questions were probably answered in the similar topic you

New boat - few questions

posted last week, as noted then and as Gurnard shows above - one up you need a tiller extension, weight up front and to stop the splashing a shim under the engine and maybe a deflector. Not ideal but like all boats the BAT is a compromise with advantages and disadvantages.


A 36 kg air floor 12ft rubber boat with one person at the back and 25 horses out back will be pretty lively but again check the advice and videos in the previous topic!

A 15 would be ample if you only use it alone?
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Sean,

As has been mentioned before one up with no gear and a 25hp you will never get the best from an Aerotec.

You can fit a tiller extension and sit amidships but that could feel a little disconnected.

You could fit remotes and steering then it would be perfect.

Remember the recommended engine power by Bombard for an Aerotec is a 15hp... 25HP is an absolute maximum.

Get someone to go out with you or buy 3x 25kg bags of builders sand for the bow to give it a fair trial.
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