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Old 13 September 2013, 10:41   #1
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oops have i dropped a goolie

well in my quest for my perfect fishing sib ,i went & bought a second hand zodiac futura 3.8 all seemed ok untill i got home & did the full set up floor in etc ,then it dawned on me the bloody weight it weighs a ton have i made a a serious mistake theres no way i can launch it down the beach single handed although theres a good set of launch wheels with it .at the top of my intended launch beach theres about 15ft of pebble/shingle hmm looks like i need a trailor now
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Old 13 September 2013, 10:51   #2
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Where are you thinking about launching?

Great boat though
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Old 13 September 2013, 11:14   #3
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Could you use a couple of old Engine clamps to fabricate a set of "big proper" wheels? I'm thinkign ones with launch trolley wheels.....

...or a dinghy launch trolley? - You can get folding / collapsable ones that turn themselves into a long (1-1.5 m depending o nthe design) thin thing with a wheel on each end in under a minute.
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Old 13 September 2013, 11:17   #4
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Where are you thinking about launching?

Great boat though
red wharf bay area of anglesey but its a secret dont tell anyone
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Old 13 September 2013, 11:17   #5
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Naw..get the SIB in the water..and you wont regret getting such a big and heavy one.. far more suited for what you want.. rather than the smaller lighter one you had.

Obviously a trailer is best .. its a PITA assembling one so big every time ..but I realise they can cost a few bob for something decent..then there is the expense of a towbar etc. I think I recall that you have a limited budget.

However where there is a will there is always a way.. cheapest option is these.

Force 4 Inflatable Boat Roller - 400kgs - 160x25cm - Only 19.95 - Force 4 Chandlery

Sell those over inflated wheels ..Im sure there will be plenty takers..and use the money to by two or three of these..problem solved..except you still have to assemble the SIB every time you want to use it.

What outboard did you get ?
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thats a brilliant idea gurny m8knowing me i will design something cheaper in fact i have an idea comeing now lol (lenghts of 4" soil pipe ) as for the engine not got one yet i may have to sell my best rifle for that this is a cracking boat really tough & roomy ,as long as it stays inflated i will be happy i know they take up to a 40 hp but i think a 20 will be more manageable ,im getting a big carp bivvy instead of my army basha & going to have a few days in style liveing it up before the bass move off hopefully ,but i can see the engine being a winter project .cheers & thanks for the idea
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Old 13 September 2013, 11:58   #7
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i know they take up to a 40 hp
I would say you have dropped both your goolies if you get a 40 hp.. the weight alone would make sure of that.

A 25 hp moves my boat which is even longer n heavier than yours at a great rate of knots.. any bigger would be a waste for my use..and more expensive in fuel ? Its JUST manageable for me on my own to launch n recover with the 25.



Incidentally ..my 3.3hp aux engine moves it along just fine too..but obviously at slow displacement pace.

Word of warning for you.. big inflatables dont row well (Im only guess same for yours as I have never tried a futura) so dont go out in an off shore wind.. they just skim along the surface like a huge balloon with oars or paddles. A small aux size engine would be better than nothing ..assuming there is no strong tides where you intend going ?
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lovely 25 it is then lol cheers
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Old 13 September 2013, 12:28   #9
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I know where there is a lovely little Yamaha 4 stroke -4 hp ,
its on e-bay at the moment ,like new ,worth a look if you are thinking of a little motor
yamaha outboard motor4 hp 4stroke standard shaft 2006 | eBay

I also have a yam 8 hp 4 stroke 2008
a wee bit too expensive for me as for the fishing tackle i use the 40 saltist its a great reel ,ihave fished africa 9 times cuba 10 times done all the big game stuff ,now its bass only lol (tarpon over 80lbs on 12 wt fly rods ) nice set up though
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Bass (& pollack & mackerel) go very well on the fly. I've used a trout rod - Daiwa 9'6" AFTM7/9 with WF8 lines, also used on the midlands reservoirs for trout - with appropriate self tied flies for years. Always been amused by the number of people who try to tell me that its far too light for sea use!
And if that doesn't work a 12' carp rod (3lb test curve) with a fixed spoool loaded with braid is excellent for plugging or casting a redgill.
If you want to drift you might find a reservoir type drogue useful to slow things down.
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