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Old 02 June 2012, 11:44   #1
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Looking for first inflatable

I'm looking for my 1st inflatable boat and require some advice
I want something small that will fit in my (large) car or maybe on the roof rack
It will mostly be used for pottering about on the river for a little fun but I may want to use for some sea fishing if the two are possible with the same boat ?..
I haven't got a fortune to spend so have been looking at some on eBay but am confused about the better makes and if there are any to avoid ?
My local marine dealer has some waveline inflatables starting at around 400 and then maybe a used outboard but is waveline any good ?
Or would I be better with a second hand better make boat.
Im maybe thinking about 2.5m to 3m in length but what size outboard would suit it best
as most used ones come with a 2 -2.5 hp (most of the new ones around that length state they take a 5-6hp
I have loads of questions hopefully someone can help me with
Thanks in advance.
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Old 02 June 2012, 12:40   #2
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Hi, welcome to the forum. Do have a good search back through this section of the forum as all the questions you ask have had many airings in large numbers of topics - general consensus is always go second hand as you will get so much more for the same money or save a fortune whichever way you want to play it. The big names (Zodiac, Avon, Quicksilver, Honwave, Yamaha etc) are the best buy - look after a decent second hand one bought privately and you should lose no money if you sell.

Try eBay as your best bet for a used package with boat, engine, fuel tank, pump, oars, buoyancy aids etc - dozens get listed every week and many are barely used.

Pottering on a river and going to sea are very different. A 2.5m and 4hp is fine for a couple on the river but most on here will say that going to sea needs a 3.2/3.4 minimum size boat and a 8hp/9.8hp 2 stroke absolute minimum.

If you really want to pack it away every time then stick with an air floor rather than section wood/aluminium floor or better still leave it inflated in the garage and just stick it on the car roof - most air floor 3m SIBs weigh under 30kg.

As I say though do spend an evening going back through this SIB section as there are hundereds of past topics that will help.
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Old 02 June 2012, 12:47   #3
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Old 02 June 2012, 15:54   #4
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Hey I have a Achilles SR-108 in perfect condition wood floor rated up to 20hp and its 3.4m. comes with pump/oars/launching wheels is really a nice looking boat and great handling for a first timer let me know
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Old 03 June 2012, 05:42   #5
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Thanks for the info guys I have seen this on eBay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Yamaha-Inf...f#ht_500wt_922

Looks ok to me but at what price would this still be a bargin ?

And has anyone any info on waveline boats as I'm still tempted to get new and maybe a used outboard
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Old 03 June 2012, 06:16   #6
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See info above - why buy buy a budget Waveline (just because it is new) when you can get a much better boat secondhand?? As soon as you walk out the doow with the Waveline it will loose 30 - 50 %. Decent inflatable boats if not abused and if looked after do not wear out. You cannot sensibly go to sea in that little Yam either!

This QS has been poorly patched but is a bargain if you fancy a small project - buy a sheet of SIB PVC, some 2 part glue and re-do the patches properly and you have the basis of a great outfit for 250:

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Johnny5 - some reading here Linky

Max has found a nice Quicksilver there - if the airdeck is sound then that's a cheap and excellent wee boat (repairing an actual airdeck is a PITA). Otherwise, patching wee boats like that is a dawdle - whoever did that work must have given their "seeing eye" dog the afternoon off
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Thanks guys point taken I will continue to look for a good second hand one I don't mind doing a few repairs but the one you pointed out is in Norfolk and I'm not sure I want to travel that far as I'm in herne bay Kent
So will keep looking and see what turns up
I will give the little yam a miss then,
pottering about on the river will be its main use but may on occasions want to go out for a bit of sea fishing
Just a bit concerned about the size when transporting if I go bigger I have limited storage so would probably need to be deflated every time and could I handle a bigger 3m+ on my own ?
I don't mind having two outboards one for river one for sea but don't really want two boats.
Keep the info comming guys
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Old 03 June 2012, 08:14   #9
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Hi Johnny - loads of boats come up in the Kent, East Sussex area - I'm there myself. As I say a 3m will fit on a car roof and is a doddle to transport - much easier and quicker than faffing with assembly/dissasembly.

Check the two ebay searches in this post each day and you will soon turn up a great rig locally:

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Johnny,

I have a 3.4m zodiac and 9.9hp on it, I can set it up and launch by myself, I move it around in a small box trailer with boat and engine in, I have had it in the back of my yaris with seats down!

Launching is pretty simple although sometimes a PITA when tide coming in, I try to time it better, but sometimes just how it goes, I would definitely think about the size of motor, my 9.9 struggles against the tide, the other day I'm sure it took me 3 times as long to travel the same distance, if your seriously considering using at sea go for a 15hp and a 2 stroke as weight is becoming an issue then, I've no idea how heavy mine is but its about right for me to shift on my own!

The 3.4 zodiac is pretty comfy but struggled a bit in bigger seas, it doesn't feel unsafe, just struggles to make good progress, you tend to feel a bit battered and bruised if you are "going" for it and there is some chop about.

Last couple of times I've been out the coast forecast has been F4 and sea state slight, to be honest if its forecasting more than that I stay home in the warm, I can only really comment on the sea as its the only place I use my sib.

Good luck with your search.

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Don't forget to factor in some cash for some safety gear, lifejackets etc!

Cam highly reccomend crewsavers crew fit jackets, not cheap mind but totally comfy to wear for a whole day if needed.
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