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Old 12 September 2007, 09:28   #1
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Looking for an SIB

Hi,

After reading lots on the forum, and missing getting on the water this holiday in South Devon, I've decided to get a small 'blow up' that will go in the boot.

I'm heading down to the boat show on the 22nd to see what is around. Looking to do a bit of Internet research before I do that, my current ideas centre around Bombard, Zodiac and Honda, with a 15-20 hp engine. I figure that the airdeck versions might be better as I have to lift it on my own. Can anyone recommend what else I should be looking at? and/or give any advice or experience they have had with particular models?

Look forward to hearing what is out there

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Hi, very pleased with my Bombard 380 airodeck & Yamie 15hp!
Great combo for me as I wanted something light that I could manage on my own, boat weighs 41kg & engine 36kg! Have seen 18 knots on GPS but have yet to have it on flat water so I recon 20 knots is possible, same speed as a Quicksilver 3.8 with a 25hp on it & about half the weight!
Took it with us over to Jersey last month had a great time with the family of 5 on it! I have as much fun on this as I do with my big boat, for a lot less money!!
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Old 12 September 2007, 09:42   #3
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Ive had a 3.2m Zodiac futura fastroller before with a 15hp Yam - it went very well and was very light indeed. They do make even smaller ones too the cadet model starts at 22kg for the 2m boat.

I think Honda make some too - I seem to remember they had a good stand at the boatshow last year.
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Old 12 September 2007, 10:06   #4
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I have a Quicksilver 3.1m with a Suzuki 15hp 4 stroke and it's great. I would prefer a wood floor as it makes the boat a lot more rigid - I have have had 20mph 3 up and nearer 25 with just 1 on board. If you can stick the boat on a roofrack than a wood floor is the answer - if you HAVE to stick it in the boot each time than an air floor would save about 20mins.

If I was changing my outfit I would go for something a bit bigger - say a 3.5m or similar. Also I would much prefer a 2 stroke - they are far lighter - you can get a tohatsu 18hp that's a lot lighter than a 15hp 4 stroke. Also you can pack it any old way - even upside down - you have to be more careful with a 4 stroke.

Most essential thing of all - a set of proper swing up launching wheels - the big inflatable ones - you can then launch the boat all by yourself with no effort - they are great!!!
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Hi Codders,

I too was thinking in the region of 3.5 -3.8 metres. How do you find the airdeck in yours in terms of stability at speed and slow speed manourving?

I have read that the ali decked models are good - but that seems to add a lot to the weight.

Having never bought new in this area - are there Boat Show deals to be had as packages?

I plan to use it mainly on the Salcombe and Dart estuary's - won't be many explorations out to sea just yet as Mrs Black will be holding a 5 month old baby!

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No I have the wood floor model - rated at 15hp - the airdeck is rated at 10hp. Wood floors are better and give you more depth inside the boat but they are harder to assemble.

If you have a normal car with roof rails you can easily lift a wood floor SIB onto the roof - much harder on a LR because it's so tall.

I bought my boat 2nd hand - had only been used 3 times and I had it 1/2 price!!!
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If you want to keep cost down & only for the estuary then I would go for
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F156954
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http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/BHM606
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No I have the wood floor model - rated at 15hp - the airdeck is rated at 10hp. Wood floors are better and give you more depth inside the boat but they are harder to assemble.

If you have a normal car with roof rails you can easily lift a wood floor SIB onto the roof - much harder on a LR because it's so tall.

I bought my boat 2nd hand - had only been used 3 times and I had it 1/2 price!!!
No the air deck is the same at 15hp!
http://www.brunswickmarineemea.eu/products/single/2007$$$ENEN-$-BO$QSINF$AIRD$310AIRD_EA
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No the air deck is the same at 15hp!
http://www.brunswickmarineemea.eu/products/single/2007$$$ENEN-$-BO$QSINF$AIRD$310AIRD_EA
Now it is but my handbook clearly states 10hp only - either they have beefed something up or just relaxed the restrictions.......
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