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Old 12 August 2011, 17:49   #1
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After learning of this site, I have spent considerable time here and gained a lot of information. Inflatables are normally only used in this area as tenders, but as folks who camp, ours has been a joy. The amount of oysters in this area makes it pretty unsuitable for SIBs though.

Our friends laugh at the inflatables until they take the first ride in one. I tell them that if they are on a large boat and it sinks, they would be happy to have access to an inflatable.

We have a 1990 Avon 3.1 Rover and just purchased a Zodiac 285 Fastroller to use when our grandchildren join us on vacation. We recently had them in the Florida Keys for a week, and they fell in love with fishing out of the inflatables. They enjoyed the little boats more than a charter fishing trip we treated them to. They caught pan size fish, probably over one hundred or so.

We were going to purchase the Zodiac and put it up for sale when we got home, as that would have been less expensive than renting a boat. The wife fell in love with it, so we ended up a two inflatable family. Instead of many gallons for a larger boat, we burned about a gallon and a half for two days fishing We also saved about two times the cost of the boat by not having to charter or rent a boat and purchase fuel.

I look forward to picking your brains, as it is very good to find a site where people appreceiate just what these craft can do.
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Old 12 August 2011, 17:52   #2
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Welcome to RIBnet Frank - you've come to the right place
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Old 12 August 2011, 20:08   #3
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Thank you, willk. It is good to be here.
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Old 12 August 2011, 20:16   #4
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, you'll love it here, i have found answers to so many things boat and non boat related and made some new friends along the way.
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Well, that's one way to build up a boat stable. :-)

Welcome, Frank;

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The wife fell in love with it, so we ended up a two inflatable family.
Leave the latest Zodiac brochure open on the coffee table with a few calculations scribbled on the corner... I feel another 'bigger' purchase coming soon!
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