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Old 17 September 2007, 22:45   #51
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Sounds likea great deal to me. I had an even better bargain but it was shear luck. I paid 1200 for my Quicksilver 310 with a Suzuki 15hp 4 stroke - been used 3 times and all the receipts etc - was exactly 1 yr old!!!

If it's in great condition go for it.
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Old 18 September 2007, 04:45   #52
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Black, it is a good price but it is going to be heavy!!
I had a Jam & yes it was good quality, but I would hold out as you are unlikely to be using it much till next year & a better one will come along!
I bought my 3.8 Bombard & yanie 2 st 15hp for 1600, under a year old & it included launching wheels & 240v electric pump!! I have the invoice & he paid 3219.99 last August!
The set up I have only weighs 77kg for boat & engine but try carting it around on your own & it is more than enough! I recon you are looking at 108kg for the Yamie setup!

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Old 18 September 2007, 08:54   #53
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Remember 4 strokes cost a lot more than 2 strokes so I still think it's a good price. Weight is a problem but the big inflatable launching wheels help so much - just make sure there is no weight at the bow before you pick it up!!!
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Old 18 September 2007, 18:43   #54
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There's no weight issue with the Yamaha 15hp 4 stroke, I can vouch for that having lifted one in and out of the house, to the car, out of the car, onto the boat, and back again for two years. It's a solid reliable engine, and cheap to run. You'll go all day on 25 litres!

Another thing to consider about air floors is the wear and tear. On our old Bombard 380, we had the ply floor. It was very well finished and sealed, with rounded edges etc. On top of that, we stuck several of the rubber deck wear patches, including where your feet would be, and four under the tanks. This stopped the floor getting damaged, and you could jump about in boots or shoes no bother, without worrying if you were going to burst the floor.

It's always going t be a trade off against weight, just depends what you are after. we never had any bother hauling ours around on a hand trolley, loaded up with gear, and 2 25l cans.

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SIB update

Thanks to everybody who gave information and experiences.

I went to the boat show on Saturday afternoon to have a scout around and see some of the boats in the flesh. I have to say I wasn't as impressed as I expected by some of the airfloor models, given that this will be my only boat, I know some of you have one as a second boat alongside your RIB's. The other thing that I found interested - and I appreciate the guys on the stands had been there for 7 days - was how uninterested most of them were in trying to help/sell a boat.

I'd just been to see friends on one of the dinghy stands, and stumbled upon the Barrus stand and a very helpful chap called Peter from Blue Water Marine in Salcombe, it must have been fate as that is where I want to use the boat.

I was very impressed with the additional strength and build quality of the HD series of boats, even taking into account that they will be much heavier with the Ali floor. I managed to get a 380XSHD with a 20hp 2 carb Yamaha for only 500 more than Tohatsu wanted for their boat (airfloor) and engine package. Really chuffed and looking forward to picking the boat up in a couple of weeks time. Peter ended up selling 2 boats as my friend bought one too

Oh and I will be having launching wheels and an electric pump!!

Will post pictures when I get the boat in October.

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Good choice on the hard floor over the air floor. An air floor limits the boats usefulness tremendously. The few extra pounds of the hard floor won't make a bit of difference when launching if you use launching wheels. Nor will it make any significant difference when packing the boat since the floorboards are still much less heavy and bulky than the main transom/fabric portion of the boat.

The only application where I can see where an air floor being the better option is if it is kept rolled up for use as a tender for a small sailboat that does not have the space to accomodate an assembled SIB/RIB, or if it is for emergency usage where it is transported while rolled up in a vehicle such as a fire truck where it must capable of extremely rapid assembly.
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