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Old 28 July 2010, 16:26   #1
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Looking for a small SIB. what is the best pick?

Hi,

Waiting for my new RIB to come, I like to boat with the kids. I am now looking for a small stowable SIB up to 3.6 m.

The following tastes are localy available Zodiac, Ribeye and Quicksilver.
For example Quicksilver 340 Enduro, 340Air Deck Deluxe or Zodiac Cadet Fastroller 360 ACTI-V INT-L.

I have a longtail 6 HP 4- stroke Yamaha and a shorttail 2- stoke 15 HP Mercury available.

Please advice

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Old 28 July 2010, 20:41   #2
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Hi,

Waiting for my new RIB to come, I like to boat with the kids. I am now looking for a small stowable SIB up to 3.6 m.

The following tastes are localy available Zodiac, Ribeye and Quicksilver.
For example Quicksilver 340 Enduro, 340Air Deck Deluxe or Zodiac Cadet Fastroller 360 ACTI-V INT-L.

I have a longtail 6 HP 4- stroke Yamaha and a shorttail 2- stoke 15 HP Mercury available.

Please advice

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If looking for better price compared to Zodiac, Quicksilver would get my vote, if looking for best portability, slight less performance the air deck, best performer, less portability the Enduro 340 fiberglass pannel hull, both for 15 HP short shaft engines. Compare Ribeye model to Quicksilver and compare sibs and prices.

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Old 29 July 2010, 04:59   #3
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hi, try the honwave range. particularly the t32-ie & t38ie. both lightweight and fast due to the airdeck v floor. i used to get mine and a 15hp 2 stroke in the back of a zafira. could set it up on my own in 20 mins with aid of bravo high pressure pump. would plane with 2 adults and 2 kids no probs. good luck
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hi, try the honwave range.
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The following tastes are localy available Zodiac, Ribeye and Quicksilver.
He's got limited choices. I don't think he's in England.
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He's got limited choices. I don't think he's in England.
No, I am in the Netherlands

I can get Honwave but not localy.

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Old 29 July 2010, 08:24   #6
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If looking for better price compared to Zodiac, Quicksilver would get my vote, .....Happy Sibbing
So Zodiac is the better of the two?
If there is money wise no difference I should go for Zodiac?

What model Zodiac is then best?


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Old 30 July 2010, 03:55   #7
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Zodiac

I've got the Zodiac 2.85 solid floor (with air keel) and it's a superb boat.

Even with the solid floor it only takes about 15 minutes from being rolled up in the back of the van to being on the water with the engine on.
It planes easily with two adults on board, achieving about 14mph....and that's with a little 6hp Mercury on it. It's stable, turns easily, and looks to be very well made.
However they are not the cheapest to buy.
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Both brands models are pvc fabrics, Zodiac should cost more as always have. Is not which one is best, all is related to what do you intend to use it for, room to keep it inflated/deflated, ease for assembly, etc. Go for the one that offers a local warranty just in case. Both are reputed boat brands. 3.40 Mtr is a good size/15 HP combo, don't go for less in size, will deslike soon.

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Thank you all for your advises.

The boat will be in a trailer chest of my Dragon sailing boat. So it needst to be easy stowable. I have a 6HP longtail engine for this sailing boat so idealy the SIB and sailing boat uses the same engine.

At the moment I am waiting (delivery end September) for a 6.8M Ribcraft that will be commercialy used. Until the delivery time I like to use the SIB (also during my summer holiday).

As I have a spare 15 HP 2-stroke engine it would be nice to use this engine for the SIB as well.

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