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Old 13 October 2012, 05:16   #1
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I have looked through many many pages of threads on this forum, and whilst I realise my question may have been answered I cant find these answers!!

I have a caravan close to a single/sand beach, the access to the sea for a boat is about 400 meters along the cliff path (none of it steep)

I have a tohatsu 3.5 outboard (two stroke)

I have yet to get a sib

I would like to fish, very occasionally swim from the boat.

95% of the time it will be me alone in the boat

I realise I need to keep the weight of the boat and engine down as much as possible with this in mind I have got a lightweight engine but now need to match a sib to this. I have looked at honwave and similar and I am leaning towards a 2.7m with an airdeck.... questions

1/ I know an ali/slatted deck adds weight but is this extra weight compensated for by better performance/ flat floor for storage

2/ talking performance.. I have seen a few videos of people planing with a 3.5 hp.. is this realistic or just an occassional lucky occurance?

3/ is 2.7 a sensible size.. obviously I am keen to keep weight down

4/ how easy is it to anchor up and swim from these boats? there are some great snoorkelling places easy to access from a boat but not so easy from shore, but I worry how easy it is to pull myself back into the boat with noone else onboard.


many thanks
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Old 13 October 2012, 05:34   #2
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well I had a 2.6m with 4hp and that easily got on that plane at 3/4 throttle. You can't under estimate these these little motors! A 2.7 should be fine on that, but you could get away with a 3m and still plane think. As far as swimming off the boat, I always do it in the small bays and go snorkeling, just make sure the anchor is in right!!!

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Old 13 October 2012, 07:15   #3
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if you search on ebay for a rib step , its a material strap to aid getting back on board or you could fashion a crude one
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if you search on ebay for a rib step , its a material strap to aid getting back on board or you could fashion a crude one
Think it might be this one

Rib step inflatable boat boarding ladder for ringo wakeboard water ski or MOB | eBay
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Old 13 October 2012, 11:19   #5
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1-If portability and ease of assembly an air deck is better, slated performs poorly, rocks too much. Air deck is completely removable and foldable. Just watch out with hooks, sharp objects. Can add a trimmed carpet following air floor contour, just in case.

2-3.5 Performance, will depend entirely on your weight & deck ballance, and how well you have that sib inflated too.

3-2.70 mtr is too small and basic will bore you soon, go for at least a 3 mtr sib, the size weight difference is minimum, small engine will push better a larger sib than a shorter one, less hull drag.

4-Add a portable ladder as shown, or take you fins with you, when finished place yourself side of tube and boost with fins, like flipper does and you will be safely in.

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great replies many thanks, I never knew about the rope ladder thingy.

I am a bit confused about the size now, I was going for a 2.7m ish as thought the lighter weight would give the engine more chance, if however a 3m might give better performance or infact the same then I would happily go bigger.
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Old 13 October 2012, 14:54   #7
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you already have the engine ,so yep a smaller sib is quicker ,lighter and cheaper, though i think your better off with a 3.2m as you can put a 15 on the back ..happy sibbing
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Velocity Marine 2.3m inflatable boat | eBay i have one of these boats and can recommend them , they are chinesed badged i believe but good quality...it will prob go for peanuts and can take a 4hp ....remember this game is addictive i started with a 1.5hp yam and quickly progressed to a 15 lol
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If Nigrid is/was after a 2.70 why do you recommend a 2.3 mtr sib ? At sight remove the large V tube bow portion, how much available straight portion is left towards transom ? that fun size model stinks, stay away from them or repent forever.

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