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Old 22 June 2013, 03:48   #1
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Need help deciding which SIB, narrowed down to 2!

Greetings from Texas!

I have been scanning this site for information and have narrowed my choice for a new sib to 2 boats.

Price Range $1300 max
Length 10-11 ft
Use: Light offshore fishing 5-10 miles out
9.8 Tohatsu 4 stroke
MAX load: 2 fisherman, light gear, 40-50 lb icechest

I have narrowed to the zodiac wave, one being aluminum bottom the other being wood. The 11' looks very aggressive and I like the looks better. Does the pointed nose help more ?

If you were going to buy one which one would you choose?
Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks!

Zodiac Wave11 Wood Floor 11'0" Inflatable Boat

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Zodiac Wave Aluminum Floor 10' 2" Gray / Blue PVC, 2013

thank you!
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Old 22 June 2013, 05:05   #2
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For your intended purposes, neither are anywhere close to being suitable.

From the linked website:

"NOTE: The Wave by Zodiac was designed for the RV and fishing market. It does not have tow rings installed. It was not designed to be towed."

The "RV market" means that it is meant for highly crowded, small lakes (ponds) that would be typical of RV parks. The idea being that if you got in trouble there would probably some other craft (such as a pedal boat or a sit on top kayak) within 100 yards that could zip over and pick you up (just not tow you, since it has no tow rings!).

If Zodiac intended for these boats to be used 5-10 miles offshore on open ocean, they would have named the boat the Wave Goodbye. May as well save the money, and go straight to what would otherwise be the subsequent purchase, seal the seams and strap an outboard on a coffin.
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Old 22 June 2013, 05:14   #3
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For your intended purposes, neither are anywhere close to being suitable.

From the linked website:

"NOTE: The Wave by Zodiac was designed for the RV and fishing market. It does not have tow rings installed. It was not designed to be towed."

The "RV market" means that it is meant for highly crowded, small lakes (ponds) that would be typical of RV parks. The idea being that if you got in trouble there would probably some other craft (such as a pedal boat or a sit on top kayak) within 100 yards that could zip over and pick you up (just not tow you, since it has no tow rings!).

If Zodiac intended for these boats to be used 5-10 miles offshore on open ocean, they would have named the boat the Wave Goodbye. May as well save the money, and go straight to what would otherwise be the subsequent purchase, seal the seams and strap an outboard on a coffin.

hmm I guess where you fish the ocean is different, here in the gulf of mexico there are quite a few 10' boats that run to near offshore oil wells only a few miles offshore. Seas are calm here for the most part.
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Old 22 June 2013, 05:21   #4
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For your intended purposes, neither are anywhere close to being suitable.

From the linked website:

"NOTE: The Wave by Zodiac was designed for the RV and fishing market. It does not have tow rings installed. It was not designed to be towed."

The "RV market" means that it is meant for highly crowded, small lakes (ponds) that would be typical of RV parks. The idea being that if you got in trouble there would probably some other craft (such as a pedal boat or a sit on top kayak) within 100 yards that could zip over and pick you up (just not tow you, since it has no tow rings!).

If Zodiac intended for these boats to be used 5-10 miles offshore on open ocean, they would have named the boat the Wave Goodbye. May as well save the money, and go straight to what would otherwise be the subsequent purchase, seal the seams and strap an outboard on a coffin.

LOL reading your post again I had to laugh, "no tow rings" so a kayak couldn't pull me back ..
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SIB seems a little small for the intended purpose, as does the 9.8hp.
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maybe this video will help you understand what I'm talking about

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I have owned several versions of the Zodiac Wave Aluminium floor and used them as tenders and fun boats as a kid (The design really has not changed much since it was introduced in the early 80's as the Zed 31).

They are decent PVC boats, stable and will plane with 1 adult and a 6hp motor, with a 9.9 they do about 12kts.

But they are not suitable for going 10 miles offshore even in the 'smooth' Gulf of Mexico. Sea conditions change quickly and 10 miles back in rough seas is a very long way in a small SIb,

I rented an 18 ft Bayliner a couple of years ago out of Clearwater, had a fantastic morning but when the wind got up along with the waves in the afternoon it got serious and I was very glad to get back to the dock.

Your video looks fantastic, but the fact they got a way with it once does not mean the boat they were using was safe.

The boats you are looking at are great, but stick inshore or on the lakes if you want to come back in one piece.
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maybe this video will help you understand what I'm talking about

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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
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Yes, and they're an accident waiting to happen. Killcord not worn, away from the tiller with the engine running,not wearing lifejackets and miles offshore. One mistake and they're dead.

Seriously, get a bigger inflatable if you want to do that.
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thank you for the help, I think I will go for the aluminum floor model!
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