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Old 05 June 2012, 18:58   #21
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Hey my SIB is up for sale and would be an ideal first boat for you... pm me
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Old 05 June 2012, 19:19   #22
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Thanks for the information
I'm looking at a couple at the moment but I'm not it to much of a rush but would like to get out on the water this summer ???
I have some of the additional kit needed form my canoeing days I will get some additional bits if I do venture out to sea.
The insurance is not to bad I'm down on the Kent coast so intend to use the river stour quite alott they only introduced a licence for this river last year (bugger)
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Old 06 June 2012, 03:47   #23
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Might be worth having a look at some of the boats for sale that have been offered on this thread.

If you buy from a member on here you'll almost certainly get useful advice thrown in....and you probably won't be ripped off or sold a pup.
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Old 08 June 2012, 14:05   #24
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As I'm mainly looking for a river boat and may want only the occasional trip just off the coast and that will be only in very calm seas
would a 2.6m boat with a 6hp outboard be to small ?
It's just that I have seen a nice 2.6 zodiac with air floor that will take a 6 hp max.
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Old 08 June 2012, 15:43   #25
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How many people are you expecting to get on board? Will the engine need a remote fuel tank,if so how will it be secured and is there enough room?
Is the engine + fuel light enough with the number of people you want to carry?
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Old 08 June 2012, 16:10   #26
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Thanks for the reply
The boat I have seen is a zodiac with inflatable floor and keel it will take up to 3 people 400kgs and a max outboard of 6hp 27kgs
I will be using it with 2 adults max (more often just myself and my son) and yes I expect to Cary a fuel tank for the outboard.
It looks like it will have the space I need but wondered if it would be ok to use it in a calm sea or would I be a complete numpty.
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Old 08 June 2012, 18:22   #27
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Also if I go for a 6hp would this be to much for a slow potter up the river or should I go for something smaller
The river stour that I will probably be using mostly is tidal though but not to strong I used a canoe with a small electric outboard and it coped ok.
Incidentally the stour where it opens to the sea is quite sheltered and an easy bolt back if things start to get bad
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i didn`t fancy the hassle of second hand ... i went for a chinese import and tbf i`m very pleased it seems a good build quality with seperate air chambers and slot together floors

engine size i went for a 5hp chinese import again! and was glad of the warranty ...

i regret going for a 3m sib as it can only handleup to a 10hp 4s..you will struggle to plane 3or4 people on 10 hosses

reading the posts i would say a 3.4m and 15hp2s is the optimun setup for transportability and power.... i ended up getting a 15 which is a bit naughty because the boat is only rated to 10hp.... however i did a lot of homework first and whilst i`m happy it`s ok if you can avoid this mistake you should do so
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I must admit I'm not a fan of second hand but there are some good used deals out there
The comments on some of the cheaper imports look ok so I haven't ruled it out all together
But I would get a much better / bigger boat for my money.
It's interesting what you say about using an oversize outboard maybe not the best thing but is it possible to do this without to many problems maybe put a 10hp on a boat rated for a 6 hp I would be interested to hear people's comments ?
I'm hearing a lot of people talking about getting up on the plane this is something I'm not to bothered about as long as I can potter along the river and get a small way offshore for a bit of fishing I will be happy ( or is it nessasary to be able to plane)
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I must admit I'm not a fan of second hand but there are some good used deals out there
The comments on some of the cheaper imports look ok so I haven't ruled it out all together
But I would get a much better / bigger boat for my money.
It's interesting what you say about using an oversize outboard maybe not the best thing but is it possible to do this without to many problems maybe put a 10hp on a boat rated for a 6 hp I would be interested to hear people's comments ?
I'm hearing a lot of people talking about getting up on the plane this is something I'm not to bothered about as long as I can potter along the river and get a small way offshore for a bit of fishing I will be happy ( or is it nessasary to be able to plane)
if your going to outsize you`ve got to consider the weight on the sponsons, if your boat can take 8hp i wouldn`t think it would be a problem ....also newer boats will be weighted for 4 strokes so a 10hp 2s could weigh less than a 6hp 4s

as for planing speed limits on rivers will not allow the speeds .... personally i started off just wanting to lark about abit but found it quite addictive once you`ve planed you`ll want to do it again and again
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