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Old 29 July 2012, 08:02   #1
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Newbie Question...

Having repaired the mouse hole and fully serviced the engine I took my SIB out on the estuary last night to test all is well. I'm pretty happy with everything but when I gave it the full beans on the throttle the boat planes quickly but the floor feels like it's got a big bubble under it nearly all the way to the back. It starts by undulating and then stays kind of bulgy. Now the boat felt stable but as I've gone from rigid boat to SIB I'm not sure if this is normal.
The boat is a Plastimo Raid P270SH and has 3 boards in the floor with gaps between them. The water and wind were very calm and I am 13 stone and was sitting on the thwart. The engine is a Mariner 5.
My satnav clocked me at 20mph which I'm more than happy with.
Is this just what they do? Thanks for any advice....
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Old 29 July 2012, 08:11   #2
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If its a inflatable floor then that's normal, they all do it.

Just make sure you get the floor up to the right pressure and that should help.
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That's quite a speed with a 5hp, I couldn't get over 15mph on my 2.8m SIB with a 6hp on it.
I assume the Plastimo has a flat keel with inflatable floor, which is not ideal for planing. My Zodiac has an inflatable keel under the floor. It's possible you may be exceeding the design speed of your boat, which is primarily designed as a tender.

Does it have an inflatable keel or is the floor flat underneath?
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No it's not an inflatable floor. It is just flat PVC with 3 boards.
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Probably as above then.

When I was buying my SIB I was told you needed a shaped V keel if you wanted the boat to plane properly and be stable.

20mph is some going though. Have you tried backing it off to say 15mph. What's it like then, any better?
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I should have said that; it only seems to happen at full speed.
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Possibly exceeding the designed maximum speed of the boat.

What do others think?
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Good point but it's rated to take a 10HP. I dread to think how fast that would go. I was surprised at how fast it went with a 5. Maybe I'm just being a bit of a wuss!
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That's amazing performance though. My Zodiac managed 14mph flat out with a Mercury 6hp on.
That was with 2 of us on board, combined weight 21stone.

With just me on board it did not really go any faster, about 15mph on the GPS.

The boat is rated to 8hp maximum and I have a 9.8 on it now, but I bet it still won't do 20mph.

However with the inflatable keel and solid floor it handles really well at max speed. So it should though, it cost me 1,000 just for the boat.
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This is the floor. Hope the photo attaches! Lightning, to be fair there was almost no wind and the water was like a mirror.
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