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Old 06 September 2011, 16:52   #1
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Newbie advice on first SIB

Hi Folks,

Greetings from Ireland. This is my first post on what looks to be a really excellent forum. I look forward to taking part.

So I'm looking for a good end of season deal on a SIB. I used to have a Bayliner gas guzzling money pit that I managed to offload a couple of years back but having been boatless for a couple of seasons I'm now near to a total breakdown

I never really got the whole RIB thing until I had a go on one this summer and loved it. Now I understand !

I do a lot of camping/caravanning so I need something that will fold into a bag(s) and as I've nowhere left to store a boat I'll need to inflate/deflate regularly. A trailer is out of the question. Ideally I'll find something that will fit into the boot of my KIA Sorento or on it's roof if I can lift it.

I've narrowed my choice down to 3 types: (3.5M - 3.8M)
Zodiac MK I, IIC or Cadet 360FR
Honwave
Quicksilver

The SIB will be mostly used for a spot of coastal fishing and light cruising usually carrying 2 adults and a couple of small kids but I want to be able to carry 3/4 adults comfortably. Speed is not an issue but I also want an engine that can get me out of trouble if needs be. I want something 3.5M+ but I'm totally stumped on the solid floor V air floor issue.

The Mrs. is a bit windy on the water and I think the wood would be better for her. I also plan to carry our dog from time to time too and that worries me when it comes to air floors.

But the air floors are obviously lighter and easier to pack and with the solid floor SIBS with bigger engines the weight really starts to add up.

So to sum up:
Which brand is better and is the Zodiac worth the extra cash ?
Solid or Inflatable floor ?
Manageable weight combination for single handed launching ?
Best engine/HP set up ?

All and any advice greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading and apologies for the slightly long winded first post !

mh
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Old 06 September 2011, 17:07   #2
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Microheavy.. have a look at this thread:-
dithering over a solid versus aero floor

also, for what it's worth... my short-list ended up being Zodiac and Quicksilver.. I went for Quicksilver.
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Old 06 September 2011, 17:18   #3
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Very interesting stuff there General, thanks a million.

Can I ask, why did you pop for the Quicksilver in the end ?
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Old 06 September 2011, 17:28   #4
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Basically, I saved 300 between the 2 models I was considering
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Old 06 September 2011, 17:29   #5
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Very interesting stuff there General, thanks a million.

Can I ask, why did you pop for the Quicksilver in the end ?
ive got a quicksilver qs 340 i can have it from car to water in 20 mins with suzuki 9.9 on ...... very easy to put together and not to heavy if on holiday we keep inflated on the roof rack

a good rig all round
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Old 06 September 2011, 17:32   #6
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I think whichever one you choose.. zodiac/quicksilver/honwave, you will be very happy! I dont think iv seen a/many bad words about any of them on here.
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Old 06 September 2011, 17:33   #7
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Did you see my Fastroller 360 review?

Zodiac Fastroller 360 Acti-V mini-review

Earlier this summer there were loads of threads about sib buying. One thing that came out of most was buy a very clean used SIB with good history max 10yrs old and then if it isn't exactly what you want you can sell on with zero or minimal loss.

If you bought a new Zodiac Fastroller 360 you would probably lose 700 if it needed selling on within a few months.
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Old 06 September 2011, 18:48   #8
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Thanks for all the input guys.

General - glad to know it was a consideration. There is quite a big difference here between the 2 makes.

guernseylee - I assume the QS340 is an Air Deck

LWman - Yep, thats the problem, I can't feckin decide !

Fenlander - Great post and the 360 looks great. I take your point about buying second hand but there isn't much on the market here at the moment and to be honest I really, for the first time in my life, want something brand new !

The 360FR is very tempting and just on my budget when coupled with a Honda 15 4 stroke but I do love the look and solid feel of the classic. My worry is that I won't be able to manage it single handed.

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Can I pick your brains about the Zodiac air floor ?

How solid does it feel ?
Could you stand up in it comfortably ?
Would you bring a dog on board ?

Thanks again.
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If you hit the air floor with your hand it feels more like wood. Stand on it and shift your weight then it does give under your feet a bit. I would be wary of buying an air floor unless you budget 120 for the 12v elec high pressure pump... in truth the footpump is marginal for achieving full floor pressure without a large amount of effort. We happily take our dog in it... the air floor is no more at risk than the tubes. We do always have a rubbery mat on it though, it's actually caravan awning flooring I've cut to the shape of the floor. To be completely honest I don't see much difference between the quality of Quicksilver/Zodiac Fastroller/Honwave so the Zodiac 360 Fastroller needs to be exactly what you want before going for it at a few hundred more than the others.
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More great food for thought and a clever touch with the awning floor !

Thanks again Fenlander
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