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Old 13 June 2012, 16:26   #51
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Looks like this thread is now an air floor conundrum. It may be that not all airfloors are equal. My floor has a single small plank under it and at pressure it is solid. My boat doesn't flex at all.

I've read that some don't like air floors but when I was doing my research this time last year, the dealer I phoned commented "Don't discount air floors, you will be amazed how solid a good one is".

I've nothing to compare my floor and experience with, other than I'm happy with my boat (although bigger and faster is always better...).
The only zodiac I've been in had a slatted floor and it was cr@p.
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Old 14 June 2012, 14:35   #52
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I have had a few different floors and despite the different opinions on here, I think there is some concensus.

Air Floor
Pros: Light, easy to inflate, V profile from keel or floor. Good ones are very solid (HonWave, Zodiac, Quicksilver, Suzumar etc)
Cons: Cheap ones are not very solid (Think very early Yam ones), at higher speeds and with bigger engines the floor can wallow which reduces performance.

Solid Floor
Pros: Rigid boat able to take maximum HP with no wallowing, V profile from Keel.
Cons: Heavier than an air floor, can be a faff to put up, take more storage space in the boot.

But at about 3m I would be happy with either, its good advice to buy a well known make, if you arnt happy you can always re-sell very easily on eBay with little financial loss.
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Seems like a good thread to dive in with my 1st post Here's my ebay 300 beauty:
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Avon Rover R3.10. Hypalon, 25 years young. 1 owner, no repairs, just had new valves. Came with seats and bow dodger too, not in the photo.

The wood floor is light and easy enough to fit. (Boat 33kg, floor 13kg). A big bonus for me (tight budget also!) is that without an airfloor the std Avon footpump is more than adequate. Pumps tubes and keel up in just a few minutes.

Need wheels though. So that earlier Zodiac is a good buy as decent wheels are 80-100 and expensive leccy pump also shouldn't be required.

These are the best looking wheels I've found so far. German telescopic for about 100 delivered. Anyone else have them?


Launching wheels for inflatable boats
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Old 15 June 2012, 16:05   #54
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These are the best looking wheels I've found so far. German telescopic for about 100 delivered. Anyone else have them?


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Those look great. Watching with interest to see if anyone has used them
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Johnny5 this maybe worth a look

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I've a 2006 Tohatsu 9.8hp 2 stroke. Short shaft tiller control. Later black model with red decals. 26kgs.

Not the best cosmetic condition but runs well. Some numpty has sprayed the leg and it looks average at best.

Priced 750 ono

Can get pictures.

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yam 380

any recommendations for a yam 380 can it be handled by 1 person is it good for sea what would be optium engine hp
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any recommendations for a yam 380 can it be handled by 1 person is it good for sea what would be optium engine hp
I have had the Yam 380.
The boat can be handled by one person as long as you have a trailer. A 20hp two stroke is perfect and economical plus is only 30 kilos and can be lifted easy. Nice boat.
My only concern on this boat is the material which is not hypalon, of course the weight of the boat is lighter but it cannot be used for heavy duty or diving. If you need it for run about I would buy it again
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My only concern on this boat is the material which is not hypalon, of course the weight of the boat is lighter but it cannot be used for heavy duty or diving.
Are you saying PVC boats can not be used for diving?
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thanks for info does it take a long or medium shaft
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