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Old 23 June 2014, 16:05   #1
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Landlubber Q's re:inflatable boat ownership

As a complete novice to boat ownership I would like to chuck some questions up if I may, to find out if SIB ownership is a realistic proposition for me.

At the moment I live in a second floor flat - therefore no shed or garage access - but I do have a spare room. Further I drive a Golf sized hatchback (looks a lot like a Golf, actually - even down to the badges...).

So what I'm trying to determine is, how realistic it would be to own and run something along the lines of a 3m-3.6m SIB + removable hard floor and a 10/15hp 2 stroke.

Just how difficult would it be to get an engine in and out the back of a car? As far as getting it up and down stairs I'm thinking stairclimber trolley.

In addition, once the boat is out of the water should it ideally be dried off before it gets deflated and stored over winter, for example?

Basically I suppose I'm trying to find out of anyone else actually lives in the same sort of place with a similar sized car - does it take the shine off ownership, having to deal with stairs, no garage/garden, limited access to the car boot, etc?

Would love to hear from anyone in similar circumstances. I live about 7 miles from the Tyne/Newcastle, so have thoughts about launching off a slipway with some wheels on the transom and making my way down to Tynemounth and up the coast or whatever. What do you think...?
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Old 23 June 2014, 16:10   #2
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Can you not rent a secure garage near you? Dragging the boat etc upstairs to the flat will knacker you in a very short time. Regards Jim
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Old 23 June 2014, 16:20   #3
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We used a 2.9m air floor sib as a tender for the last 10 years and we always brought it home for the winter
I could just manage to carry the boat rolled up so I guess the answer is yes if you can handle 30 odd kg of awkward load upstairs the outboard shouldn't be a problem assuming you go for a lightweight 2 stroke
It's not ideal but if it gets you on the water then worth the effort in my mind
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Old 23 June 2014, 16:25   #4
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15hp is the limit of portability. Bigger than that people don't put them in the boot. But big difference from lifting from car to inflated boat to taking it up stairs.

3.6m Sib is big. Not sure on weight but certainly in terms of bulk stairs is gonna be tough.

Fuel inside a house would be a concern.

Where you thinking of launching?

You any experience outside the Tyne piers... You are kind of in the north sea... If the wind direction is wrong it can be 'interesting'

6kt speed limit on the Tyne...
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Old 23 June 2014, 16:32   #5
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You any experience outside the Tyne piers... You are kind of in the north sea... If the wind direction is wrong it can be 'interesting'

6kt speed limit on the Tyne...
I think you may have confused two posters... the OP is about as far from the Tyne as you can get!
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Old 23 June 2014, 16:33   #6
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Its possible, and if its the only way you can get on the water, I'm sure you can find a way.

Look for a maximum 3.1m air floor (with removable floor to make it even more portable.) The dinghy on its own will weigh about 30kg and then you can carry the floor, oars, seat etc afterwards.

You need to keep the engine weight down, because they are really awkward to carry. The best option would be a Tohatsu 9.8hp, they are the holy grail and only weigh 26kg but a good one will set you back 1k (If you can find one). Other than that I would set your sites a little lower at 8hp, something like a Yamaha only weighs 28kg. Most of the 9.9/15hp (they are usually the same engine) weigh 35-40kg.

I think its all doable, but like Shineyshoe I wouldnt store fuel inside the house.
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I don't see a problem moving the boat around and carrying it up and down the stairs. Where I do see a problem is the smell of petrol from the fuel tank and engine. YUCK! No way would I store that inside a place I lived.
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I think you may have confused two posters... the OP is about as far from the Tyne as you can get!
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Would love to hear from anyone in similar circumstances. I live about 7 miles from the Tyne/Newcastle, so have thoughts about launching off a slipway with some wheels on the transom and making my way down to Tynemounth and up the coast or whatever. What do you think...?
Nothing in that OP would suggest he was planning to use the Tyne would it...
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I don't see a problem moving the boat around and carrying it up and down the stairs. Where I do see a problem is the smell of petrol from the fuel tank and engine. YUCK! No way would I store that inside a place I lived.
Or the smell of the foisty Tyne when it gets put away a bit damp..
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Thanks for the replies guys, got a few things to think about.
  • Renting a garage isn't possible ATM.
  • I can store the fuel elsewhere.
  • I'm happy to consider a slightly smaller boat, like 3m.
  • Happy to consider a 9/10hp as well - thought the extra hp would come in handy for the interesting conditions
  • How would I get rid of the river smell, if I was to potter about on one?

ShinyShoe, I have no experience at all.

A further question, can anyone point me to a website/link to a decent guide to outboard ownership/servicing and usage - ie, what to do re:storage/flushing etc?

Just had a thought, there *may* be the possibility of access to a garage - but for now I would like to plan as if there isn't.

Thanks again for the input
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