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Old 22 June 2013, 08:32   #21
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But other than those minor issues, would you recommend the aluminium or the wooden floor?
Neither, Why waste money ? I suggest a cardboard floor sprayed with a $20 can of NeverWet Super-Hydrophobic should do the job.What could possibly go wrong
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Old 22 June 2013, 08:42   #22
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Neither, Why waste money ? I suggest a cardboard floor sprayed with a $20 can of NeverWet Super-Hydrophobic should do the job.What could possibly go wrong
An excellent suggestion sir, I bow to your inferior post count
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Old 22 June 2013, 09:04   #23
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I mess around on the water with a variety of boats both on the Georgia and Florida Gulf coasts. No way I would do what you propose off Georgia, as it can go from dead calm to roaring in a matter of minutes. I have seen the Gulf do the same off St. Petersburg and the Keys.

Hopefully you are familiar with sea conditions in your area, but even so, you are proposing going too far from shore in a 11 ft craft.

Realistically how far off the beach would you have to travel to find the kings? They use kayaks in the Gulf to fish for them, but they do not travel the long distance you propose.

I would also comment that the high posters on this site represent many hours of experience and generally give advice you can depend on. If they raise the caution flag, a wise person would pay attention to what they say. You learn a lot on those days when you claw your way home with you tail between your legs and your teeth clenched. You don't want to experience that for yourself if you can help it.

If I were considering what you propose, I would not set my sights on a glued seam PVC craft. Floor material would be a secondary consideration.
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Old 22 June 2013, 10:05   #24
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I'm an under 500 post person but it never ceases to surprise me how quickly sea conditions can change !!
Even a few hundred metres from shore it's can still be a recipe for disaster with a broken engine and a set of oars. I hope the advice given in this thread by some very experienced boat handlers is accepted by the less knowledgeable ( I'm in the latter category !).
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Old 22 June 2013, 10:17   #25
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So kjack87 i see your going for a spot in the darwin awards, good luck.
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Slight Edit following Post #14 ;-)
I understand very well. I have a 9.8hp Tohatsu on a 9' SIB. I've been out on days when it would have been possible to take it cross channel to Scotland - but I wouldn't risk it in a craft so dependent on millpond conditions.

I'll admit that going further offshore in these little boats is tempting, as they're so confidence inspiring. However, it's the speed/conditions thing that puts me off. They can only handle a very narrow range of sea conditions - flat calm to seastate 4 at most. In seastate 4 they have vastly reduced speed and agility. If conditions change, either due to weather or localised phenomena, then you're in trouble. A larger boat with more HP will generally see it through.

Do you know that a 9.8hp will shift your load on the plane?

I understand now thanks to that video, I'm sorry I hadn't seen it earlier in my armchair boating career. I think you should pick the aluminium floored boat and go as far offshore as you feel comfortable with
I second this advice, and I'd like to accompany him with another boat. I'd like to redeem my free chum coupon for shark fishing.
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If on a tight budget, would preffer the wooden floor larger sib, bit roomier. Those alum floor board are the standard type, not heavy duty ones seen on more professional sibs, so not an issue, have had both. The wooden will need more care about, being more prone to scratch easily than alum.

You have different bow types, could be pointed as in old Zodiac, Avons, round or square, will depend entirely on the manufacturer. Being the round type bow, the roomier. Not an issue with winds whatsoever as keel is what cuts water, not bow.

Do you like air decks sibs, if so, why don't you consider a much roomier 365 Saturn inflatable. That 9.8 horse will slide/plane it much better than smaller Zodicas sizes.

If your boating area is calm, no issues, just carry along proper equipement in case of trouble to be in the safe mode.

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If on a tight budget, would preffer the wooden floor larger sib, bit roomier. Those alum floor board are the standard type, not heavy duty ones seen on more professional sibs, so not an issue, have had both. The wooden will need more care about, being more prone to scratch easily than alum.

You have different bow types, could be pointed as in old Zodiac, Avons, round or square, will depend entirely on the manufacturer. Being the round type bow, the roomier. Not an issue with winds whatsoever as keel is what cuts water, not bow.

Do you like air decks sibs, if so, why don't you consider a much roomier 365 Saturn inflatable. That 9.8 horse will slide/plane it much better than smaller Zodicas sizes.

If your boating area is calm, no issues, just carry along proper equipement in case of trouble to be in the safe mode.

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Thank you I just checked out that saturn and for $1050 its not a bad deal! Will the difference between that 12 ft and the 10ft's I'm looking at make a big difference in choppy seas? Would you recommend going for the inflatable floors over the wood floor?

Rest of you.. think you very much for your concern as I don't plan on going more than a few miles out at MOST and planning my outtings on a calm day. People use these boats all the time for spearfishing / light offshore fishing that I am doing. I am a younger and have ocean experience. I can not trailer my sib and need to fold it up after my use. I understand the "risk" associated with going a couple miles offshore but I think a lot of you are over-reacting and have watched Titanic 1 too many times. I am not going to be Christopher Columbus sailing across the Atlantic here just going a couple miles offshore !!

I understand it can be dangerous in an unsinkable boat with an unsinkable lifevest - sarcasm.. if absolute worse comes to worse I will have a strobe light and marine radio to flag down the helicopter.
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Spear fishing , with an Inflatable miles offshore , that's a Bright Idea.
Will common sense ever prevail !!
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Yeah it's called keeping a case over your spears until you are underwater and putting the cover back on once you resurface. Please no more replies from old burn-outs that are too scared to use an inflatable boat

I would like reponses from people who have used a small inflatable for offshore since that is what they are INTENDED for as TENDERS to go a couple miles to the beach while OFFSHORE. I understand many are older and are scared of being in anything less than a 40ft yacht but sorry I dont have 50k to blow on a huge rib like most.
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