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Old 10 March 2012, 13:24   #1
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Need a new boat

So I got the SIB out the garage today to get it ready for the IOW sibfest only to find that it hasn't weathered the winter very well. It got full of water at the end of last year - so full the jockey wheel bent - and now it seems like the floor has stretched. The wooden floor no longer sits tightly between the tube and the floor - a 2" gap has appeared. Can PVC stretch?

So I think it might be best to just replace it, its only a cheap Chinese model anyway but its been perfect until now. I use it on the Med for a few weeks a year for water skiing and stuff, I also want to start using it for fishing. Whats my best bet for a replacement? I don't want to spend more than about 800
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Old 10 March 2012, 13:37   #2
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Unlucky mate, I had mine up today making sure she's ship shape for the IOW.
Check out Prowave inflatables that's what mine is. There reasonably cheap and I can't fault it.
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Old 10 March 2012, 13:39   #3
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So I got the SIB out the garage today to get it ready for the IOW sibfest only to find that it hasn't weathered the winter very well. It got full of water at the end of last year - so full the jockey wheel bent - and now it seems like the floor has stretched. The wooden floor no longer sits tightly between the tube and the floor - a 2" gap has appeared. Can PVC stretch?

So I think it might be best to just replace it, its only a cheap Chinese model anyway but its been perfect until now. I use it on the Med for a few weeks a year for water skiing and stuff, I also want to start using it for fishing. Whats my best bet for a replacement? I don't want to spend more than about 800
opppps ..............


theres a few bargains about though...
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Old 10 March 2012, 13:43   #4
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ZODIAC FUTURA MK3 INFLATABLE BOAT 4.7M ON TRAILER in Wakefield, York | Boats, Kayaks & Jet Skis for Sale | Gumtree.com

1k with trailer
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Looks good, only need a boat though - I can just swap everything over. I like the look of the prowave, what model do you have?
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Looks good, only need a boat though - I can just swap everything over. I like the look of the prowave, what model do you have?
3.4 quicksilver and df9.9 suzuki
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Looks good, only need a boat though - I can just swap everything over. I like the look of the prowave, what model do you have?
I've got the 380 Ali deck.
Click on my profile there's a few pics of it there.
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Old 10 March 2012, 14:24   #8
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I'll measure the garage to see if I can fit a 4.2 in, it's very close with the 4.0...
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Looks like a 4.2 will go.
Don't want to start a massive debate but can anyone summarise the pros and cons of an air floor?
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air floor sibs should plane, so more stable less fuel consumption.

two types aluminium floor/ wood floor with inflatable tube under to create keel........pro's solid floor, rigid structure. cons.....takes a while to build/take apart...

high psi inflatable v floor....pros...quick to build/deflate con.... difficult to stand up not as rigid
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