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Old 23 April 2014, 13:55   #1
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Newbie advice for a 3-4m sib please

Hi, looking for a sib to beach launch 3-4m and fish 1-2 person. Any preferences advice welcome especially lower budget. Thanks
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Old 23 April 2014, 14:12   #2
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This is in the top five of most asked questions on here and same advice as always year on year! Look on eBay (local ads/ Gumtree, Boats and Outboards etc) for a nice used 3.2m to 3.6m SIB outfit with engine included - preferably a 9.8 or 15hp 2 stroke from one of the big makes - Tohatsu, Suzuki, Mariner/Mercury, Yamaha. Contact the seller as soon as it is listed, view it personally and barter with cash - don't get involved in bidding wars or buying sight unseen.

Stick to an established SIB make - Zodiac, Honwave, Quicksilver, Suzumar, Tohatsu.

Buying this way and going with big established and known brands that hold their value gives you by far the best bang for your buck.

An endless sucession of outfits like this are listed each week - buy one in good condition that someone has seen at a nice boat show, thought 'I fancy that', subsequently not enjoyed the whole hassle/boating thing and therfore taken the original big depreciation hit on.

Budget around 1500 to 1800 for the above. You may often get a trailer included too which can be sold on if not needed.

Buy separately and you're looking at (used and same big name items) - SIB around 500/600, engine around 1200, trailer around 250.

Look after it and you will not lose any money if you re-sell.

Obviously with patience, looking hard, being lucky and maybe not being so fussy on condition/age you can find stuff *much* cheaper than this.

The engines menetioned above (particularly the later mid 2000 models) continue to rise in value not fall.

Obviously you will need a few extras, lifejackets/anchor etc but more often than not you will get these thrown in with the outfit.

This is an example - it's actually a 4 stroke but might suit you better for trolling - I had one of these 380 Tohstsu's and they are big with a really solid proper boat feel - hard floor also great for fishing gear.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1311733718...T#ht_405wt_954
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Old 24 April 2014, 03:42   #3
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Avon, mun.
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Old 24 April 2014, 03:54   #4
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Yes, totally forgot Avon in that list. . Lots of older but perfectly serviceable and very traditional Avons go for little money.
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Old 24 April 2014, 04:07   #5
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That link shows a yam 380s, I presume a tohatsu under Yamaha label?
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Old 24 April 2014, 04:16   #6
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I should have written Yamaha not Tohatsu. Like Suzumars (Suzuki) etc they were made by other SIB builders for the big engine manufacturers to offer a boat to sell alongside their engines in the dealer showrooms. The Yamaha boats were made by Zodiac.
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Old 24 April 2014, 04:30   #7
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Thanks, have you heard of Excel inflatables, got the v floor and alu type with 5 yr guarantee?
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Old 24 April 2014, 07:20   #8
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Thanks, have you heard of Excel inflatables, got the v floor and alu type with 5 yr guarantee?
You could go down that route (ie buying a brand new generic, badged, Chinese made lesser known make and then find a separate engine) but that would ignore all the advice regarding best value/lack of depreciation/quality etc...

Be sure to check out the numerous other topics on the exact same subject over the past years in this forum including the hundreds of discussions on 'airfloor vs solid floor' and which one may suit you best.
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Thanks max, not going against your advice, they imply that they are done in Sutton Coldfield near Brum not imports, advertising spin I suppose
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Old 24 April 2014, 10:48   #10
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I am grateful for advice, have already hot all watching on flea bay and the like, if you know any other sources?
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