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Old 16 September 2014, 05:06   #1
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Long distance cruising with SIB (zodiac futura)

Thank you all for the great source of information on this forum.
I am looking to buy a zodiac futura MK 2 FR or HD with Honda or Suzuki 20 or 30 HP. Occasionally (few times a year) I would like to travel longer distances at sea if conditions allow. We need portability, a RIB is not an option and the futura MK II is the biggest SIB we can transport (in my car).

With longer distances I mean something like 40 to 120 miles (60-200 km)

Is it possible to use a SIB for long distance cruising? Can you share your experiences with long distance cruising with a SIB (Like zodiac futura)?
  • How long (how many hours or miles or KM) did you travel?
  • What kind of water (big lake; at sea following the coast; at sea, offshore?)
  • How trustworthy/reliable are 4 stroke outboards with 20-30 HP (Honda, Suzuki) Are they upto the task of long distance cruising with a SIB?

Thanks!
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Old 16 September 2014, 05:23   #2
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Not having a SIB I could be wrong, but I would imagine space would become an issue as you'd need to carry a large amount of fuel in portable tanks/drums. This wouldn't leave much room for passengers. Also, the boat will be lower in the water with the extra weight so waves are more likely to be relatively higher. Other than that, I don't really see a problem in the right weather conditions.
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Old 16 September 2014, 05:48   #3
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I have had some longer days out in my Sib

Friday Sibbing 65 miles!

Lost Anchor & fishing gear, great day out in the Solent

Greet fun and the boat will keep going long after you have quit
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Not having a SIB I could be wrong, but I would imagine space would become an issue as you'd need to carry a large amount of fuel in portable tanks/drums. This wouldn't leave much room for passengers. Also, the boat will be lower in the water with the extra weight so waves are more likely to be relatively higher. Other than that, I don't really see a problem in the right weather conditions.
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I think it's more how far you can manage.Having clocked up 35 miles in one day, my arse and back new the 35 miles for a day or two after in calm weather.I have seen a thread not long ago someone doing 60 miles in 1 day and aching for 2 to 3 days after. It's down to you and your passengers what they can take
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Old 16 September 2014, 07:01   #5
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Agree.
Sitting on a bench or in the floats, and tiller skipping, with slightly choppy seas after 3 hours is not as comfortable as it looks.
And no matter it is calm in your launching point: the longest the trip, the more probable is it to get into choppy seas.
But it's fun!
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Old 16 September 2014, 16:16   #6
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I've got a Yamaha 50 on my futura mk3 and the last few weekends I have been racking up 50 miles per trip. The gas tank I have is a 45l I I think. The most fuel I've used was 23 liters. Conditions have been a bit choppy in the morning and berry calm in the afternoon for the return trip. The only people complaining about the ride are the ones at the front!
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Traveled up to about 50 miles. Equipment could care less. Our backs less so. In calm conditions it's OK but it gets rough quickly if seas worsen even a bit.
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I recently racked up 72 miles around Loch Lomond on a flat calm day and stepped out of the Sib feeling like I could do it all again.
I have also gone go sea and covered a few miles in a foul chop and felt like I never wanted to get back in the Sib and that I had been kicked all the way back into port with steel toe capped boots.
I guess the big decider is the weather conditions when it comes to what distances are achievable in a boat - and that rule applies to any size of boat!
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I've done a few dozen trips of the sort of lengths you mentioned in SIBs ranging from 3m to 4.7m. Many were very comfortable, some not so much. Obviously your seating set up is critical for comfort.

Sitting on a pontoon holding a tiller with your body twisted so you can face forward is not comfortable in the least. It is very important to have a solid seat that allows you to face forward and high enough that your legs can support some of your weight in choppy conditions. It is also much easier for your tiller side shoulder if your tiller hand can be forward of your waist. A long tiller is very helpful for this.

Here are some previous reports of trips in this length range:

Pictures from the last couple of weekends

A Quick Trip In The SIB

SIB Daytrip - Gimli - Gull Harbour round trip

SIBbing up the rapids of the Bloodvein River

Moose Hunting With A SIB & Umiak

Pics From The Weekend-last outing for this year
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I once did 24 miles on the Scottish sea lochs with an 11 ft boat and only a 3 hp engine. I did one or possibly two dives from the boat during the day.

You can only sit comfortably on a tube for so long.

On choppier water it would have been a hard day.
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