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Old 27 January 2016, 11:29   #1
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Mercury Adventure 320 Enduro

Looking for SIB to be used in the sea with 15hp outboard and some freshwater fishing with smaller 4-6hp ,must have solid floor .Anybody used Mercury Adventure 320 Enduro?? Apparently it's re-branded Quicksilver. How does it compare qualitywise to Zodiac Cadet,Honwave etc ??
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Old 27 January 2016, 16:18   #2
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Looking for SIB to be used in the sea with 15hp outboard and some freshwater fishing with smaller 4-6hp ,must have solid floor .Anybody used Mercury Adventure 320 Enduro?? Apparently it's re-branded Quicksilver. How does it compare qualitywise to Zodiac Cadet,Honwave etc ??
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It's a glued PVC boat. Probably about equal to Honwave?
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Old 27 January 2016, 17:43   #3
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In the UK the benchmark for a budget but still decent SIB is the Honwave range. The alloy floor 3.5m (T35-AE) is discounted to around 800 at the moment. I've owned one and they are a huge amount of SIB for the money. If that Mercury Adventure 3.2 is any more than you'd need a specific reason to want it.

I'm guessing... like the Honwave... the Mercury would be Chinese made??

My personal opinion (from experience) is that for UK leisure use there is not much advantage to the Zodiac cheaper ranges (Cadet or Zoom) over a Honwave and they cost 500 more for a similar specification.
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Old 28 January 2016, 17:26   #4
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Placed a bid and won myself a new SIB (600 with leccy,battery and charger), I did think about Honwave but I'm not a fan of ally floor ,mercury comes with high-resistance composite (FRP) material floor (I think it's a new fancy name for plastic ) which should make it lighter.Now just need to source a small 4-6hp outboard.
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It will be interesting to hear what you think of the "plastic" floor and how firm it feels. In truth I'd rather a hardwood floor than alloy if I was looking for a non air floor boat and I'd expect that plastic might have a similar feel/stiffness to wood.

Well done on getting the SIB... a 4-6hp outboard should be easy to find... the 15hp you mention less so.
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Old 29 January 2016, 09:30   #6
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It shouldn't be a problem as I already have 15hp 2 stroke Suzuki (just need to service it and clean the carb)
I know I went the wrong way around but friend was selling his outboard for peanuts because he's moving to Portugal that's why I decided to get the SIB
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Old 29 January 2016, 10:13   #7
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Oh that's a good start having the 15hp already... once the early season gets going in a couple of months prices of 15hp 2-strokes will firm up and it can be hard to drop on a deal. Should be a nice outfit.
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got the carb cleaned and started the engine I wasn't expecting it to start after second pull as it stood in a garage for almost 10 years .Best 200 I ever spent
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Well done for dropping on a bargain 15hp outboard like that. In running order your outboard is worth more than you paid for it and the SIB together.

Not sure how much you've done with outboards before but I'd change the gear oil and cooling impellor (plus thermostat if it has one) after it's been standing that long.

Going to be a great little outfit. When you get it out on the water do upload some images.
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service kit ordered already (not sure about thermostat )
Boat arrived today slightly bigger than advertised (3.4m not 3.2m ) and 5 lifejackets included
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