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Old 20 April 2012, 16:34   #11
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Old 21 April 2012, 05:42   #12
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Hi all
i have seen a nice package honwave but only has a 10 hp. honda four stroke. I assume this would be OK on my own, but would it plane 3 up ?
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Old 21 April 2012, 07:01   #13
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i have seen a nice package honwave but only has a 10 hp. honda four stroke. I assume this would be OK on my own, but would it plane 3 up ?
Thanks for your help.
dek.
I've currently got a Futura mk2c fastroller with a Yamaha 25 2 stroke. It's a nice boat but quite heavy to lift back in to the car singlehanded at the end of the day. Having previously had an aerotec 380 with various engines 10, 15 & 25 2 strokes, if I was choosing again I would go for the aerotec with a 15hp 2 stroke.
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Old 22 April 2012, 03:13   #14
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I have a 15hp two stroke for my SIB and I can manhandle it but you wouldn't want to carry it too far. The four stroke engine was about 25% heavier. If you get the chance get to a dealer and try picking a few engines up to see how you would manage.

I would recommend the trailer option though as it does not take too long to get fed up of inflation, deflation each time you use it. The easier it is to get the SIB out and launch it the more you will use it.

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Old 22 April 2012, 04:25   #15
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not much to add to this, i think you may struggle to plane with 3 up on a 10hp(i couldn`t) so i got a mariner 15 2 stroke which flies! (2 strokes are lighter and you don`t have to worry about oil leaking)... now word of warning i`m 38 and a builder and i struggle to lift this thing...a jump to a 20-30hp i`m thinking would be really heavy, so you would have to think about leaving pumped up and maybe go with a trailer option... on a side note i struggle to fit the set up in a megane estate so prefered to use a camping trailer (i have an l200 for work now ..) with the lighter setup(it is still heavy) i use fairly big rib wheels and can wheel it to wherever i want to go ...... having said all this if i could do it again i`d prob go for a 3.8 boat with 25hp engine ,i just crave speed lol
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Old 22 April 2012, 08:13   #16
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Hi Guys
well I am no longer on the brink as I have taken the plunge and purchased from matt m a ribnet member and true gent.

The boat in question is a bombard aerotec 380 with yamaha 15 hp. two stroke. Collect next saturday and looking forward to getting back on the water after an absence of several years.

Thanks for all the thoughts and information passed on which helped in my decision and look forward to meeting you on the water.

Now got to nurse my wallet as I am sure its going to take a pounding !!
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Old 22 April 2012, 08:17   #17
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I think that'll be ...

this one ! Very nice set up ..... ( mines the tatty one next to it )
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Old 22 April 2012, 08:23   #18
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Good man, looks a superb package, be sure to let us know how you get on, I would love one of those for SIBING in Scotland next year. You did the best thing buying a good quality used package, if its not for you you wont be chucking all the depreciation away - unless you sell it on to me in which case they depreciate really really badly!!!
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The boat in question is a bombard aerotec 380 with yamaha 15 hp.
Good choice. You've got the optimum combination for portability and performance.

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Old 24 April 2012, 04:39   #20
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Excellent choice

I would concur. I think that you have made an excellent choice. I also have a 380 Aerotec, having traded up from an airfloor Cadet which moved too much for my liking. I strongly believe that if you are not going to go with a hard for sib there is nothing better on the market than the Aerotec. They are such a capable little boat.

I would however disagree with the comments made about engine size above. 15hp on your sib will be lots of fun but I think that the difference between 38kg (15hp) and 50kg (20hp 4st or 25hp 2st) is somewhat negligible. They are both a pig to carry for any distance. You are best off with a trolley for storage at home that you can put it on from the car boot and then at the ramp, mine goes onto the ground next to the car until the boat is inflated and then straight onto the boat. At both ends you needn't carry it for more than 1-2 metres at most. Plus don't be too mucho to ask for a hand lifting them. And as to getting a trailer, isn't the whole point of a sib to get onto the water without a trailer? (not meaning to be offensive with this comment but I am always confused by sibs on trailers). If going the trailer option why not buy a Rib, as lets not kid ourselves, they do handle better.

But back to the matter at hand. Excellent choice and I hope you have a great summer boating.

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