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Old 27 October 2009, 18:04   #11
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We have a Quicksilver 2.3m. It's had some serious UV abuse over the years, but it always comes back after a scrub and a splash of protector. It has large diameter tubes which gives it good stability.
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Old 29 October 2009, 19:31   #12
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I'd mirror the avon comments. Have had I think 3 avon tenders (redstart, redcrest and redshank) of varying ages and all have been pretty much indestructable. You only have to look at the way the yachties treat them to see how solid they are - dragged up the beach, onto the boat, folded in half etc and a lot of these are exposed all year round. Have seen some well beaten up ones that still appear to hold air (bit like my old SR4!)

Restart (8 ft) had tubes which in my opinion were a bit small but is in your length range. Redcrest (10ft)was huge so redcrest (9ft) was about best compromise we came to. Also planed at approx 12knts with 4hp engine on it Am guessing you can get them with airdecks but we just made a marine ply floor - not so handy for storage but fitted in the boot ok as long as it went in 1st.
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Old 29 October 2009, 20:07   #13
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Old 31 October 2009, 18:28   #14
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Thanks for the input and advice. I'm going to wait until the new year and see what's around at the boatshow (london) or maybe ribex. Have to decide whether to get another cheap one to last 4 years, or a decent one at twice the price to last maybe twice as long.
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Thanks for the input and advice. I'm going to wait until the new year and see what's around at the boatshow (london) or maybe ribex. Have to decide whether to get another cheap one to last 4 years, or a decent one at twice the price to last maybe twice as long.
If you buy a thicker pvc sib, and is well cared for, including a generous layer of 3M Aerospace protectant and use of a thick cover specially when leaving sib outdoor all year long, should last 10 years. Good quality Hypalon costs 2-2.5 times that of good pvc and should last 20 years. So decide on care and budget, if that's an awfull time demanding issue, go for hypalon, just prepare to pay lot more.

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We have a Quicksilver 2.3m. It's had some serious UV abuse over the years, but it always comes back after a scrub and a splash of protector. It has large diameter tubes which gives it good stability.
Do you carry it on board? I have been looking for something that might fit into the locker under the suicide seat however have not found anything that will fold up that small.

I currently have one the Navigator III's off ebay which fits in between one of the rear pods and the tube when it's in its holdall, not too bad and good V4M but not hypalon.
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Have to decide whether to get another cheap one to last 4 years, or a decent one at twice the price to last maybe twice as long.
You will not need to necessarily make the jump to hypalon in order to see better quality than the Waveline. As mentioned the small Quicksilver airdecks are excellent RIB tenders as they pack up very tidily.
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Old 01 November 2009, 11:51   #18
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Do you carry it on board? I have been looking for something that might fit into the locker under the suicide seat however have not found anything that will fold up that small.
Anything with hard transom won't pack down particularly small. It'll need to be stowed in the foredeck area. Waveline do a no transom, raft type dinghy which will pack smaller, but at 1.8m, it's not much better than a toy inflatable.
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Erin just saw your post and if you are not sorted Ribeye have produced a new inflatable (released at Southampton Boat Show) which is are very light and very competative pricing

http://www.ribeye.co.uk/documents/Ri...lesJan2009.pdf

take a look at this link and (yes I was working with Ribeye as a helm at the show) but have not used these but what I saw of them they could fit your needs well
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You will not need to necessarily make the jump to hypalon in order to see better quality than the Waveline. As mentioned the small Quicksilver airdecks are excellent RIB tenders as they pack up very tidily.
Yep, Hypalon is looking stupidly expensive for a tender SIB. Will probably go for a good PVC and get a cover for it.
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