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Old 17 December 2018, 12:07   #1
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Hello all, long time lurker - first time poster. I have a question for the community here as i am sorta at a crossroad. I have noticed that there seems to be three groups of people here. The first group is those that think the premium brands (Zodiac, etc..) are the only way to go, and you get what you pay for. The second group will swear that there is no difference with the brands as if you buy a no name boats for 1/3 or 1/2 of the price of a premium brand you come out better as the other 2/3's or 1/2 money that would have been spent on the premium, 5-8 years ago can now be spent on a new discount whatever. And then finally then we have the third group whom are lurkers like myself and like to read what everybody has to say about every brand. I have fished fiberglass boats my whole life and i am considering a SIB for my next purchase - I have read on all the most common brands, and my question is one that leans towards the "generic" brand boat - I have found a company in Canada that some of you here are familiar with - It's the Stryker brand - they offer a boat in the size that i am looking for (approx. 17') - seems to be extremely well made and mostly is exactly what i want. Additionally as with all purchases of a "toy" that we buy - there are tradeoff's there's being the higher price that i just can't swallow as it approaches actual "premium" brand prices - they definitely have the edge as it pertains to durability and excellent design. I also have seen the Saturn brand of boats at the other end of the spectrum - 18' long - decent layout, great price, but doesn't seem as durable or as well thought out (no double floor, no reinforcements, etc..) Does anyone here have a unknown brand that might be someplace in the middle that will get me a boat - that is better engineered than the Saturn - but without the Stryker price? Thanks for the help in advance..
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Old 17 December 2018, 12:34   #2
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No idea on brands but 5m plus is waay too big for a sib, it’ll be a limp banana, unless it’s a military grade Zodiac. Too big to manhandle/carry and suitable motors too heavy etc. Need a trailer.

What’s the point. Just get a hard hull/rib.
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Old 17 December 2018, 12:51   #3
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Like Chipko I'd query what use would make a SIB as long as 17-18ft your choice? Are you thinking air or alloy floor... I assume used with a trailer? Wonder what HP outboard you're thinking of?

Re the forum camps I've a foot in both really. For our own needs I've chosen a particular Zodiac/Bombard because of the specific hull design but generally would advise in the UK that a Chinese made budget SIB backed by a decent brand such as Honda Honwave makes huge sense.

BTW welcome to the forum.
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Thanks for the response - Over 15' is what I am interested in, - Aluminum transom, and aluminum floor preferred - not a RIB (otherwise why not use what i got?) I am interested in a SIB as i want to be able to store it easily when not in use. Horsepower is not an issue - I will get whatever the boat is rated for. I also prefer not to get off topic here - I'm not trying to be snippy but my question are not of "if" i want a SIB, or if i am open to shorter vessels. My question is as it relates to a generic or budget branded SIB 15' being the shortest .. Thanks again for the help
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Fair enough. Apologies for my off topic, not ‘if’ response.

Also not intending to be ‘sniffy’ but my real advice is...5m plus is just too damn big for a sib, whatever the make.
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Fair enough. Apologies for my off topic, not ‘if’ response.

Also not intending to be ‘sniffy’ but my real advice is...5m plus is just too damn big for a sib, whatever the make.

Thanks for the response - I have seen the video's on the Stryker site - they appear to handle quite well. I am not sure if linking other sites is ok or not - So to the mods - if i am violating any rules please feel free to remove link.. www.strykerboats.com/collections/hunter-x-series/products/stryker-hunter-jet-x500
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Am looking for a more cost effective option to the Stryker 16.4 but better made than the Saturn 18
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No idea on brands but 5m plus is waay too big for a sib, it’ll be a limp banana, unless it’s a military grade Zodiac. Too big to manhandle/carry and suitable motors too heavy etc. Need a trailer.

What’s the point. Just get a hard hull/rib.
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Chipko has this spot-on. Imho from experience even 4m is too big, heavy and compromised. Too much physical risk to carry and effort to assemble. Ours spent more time stored in my garage than the rib that replaced it. Afterward I had to clean and dry it off before I could bag it what a faff. I would only consider a SIB if no possibility to store a trailer, probably 3.6m would be my choice. If a rib was too expensive I would go for a second hand rib instead of new sib. I'd also consider a Boston Whaler.

Check out the thread 'Problems with Avon 4.60 Supersport on Plane' and the 'Saturn 385' which has buckling issues. Not good.
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Chipko has this spot-on. Imho from experience even 4m is too big, heavy and compromised. Too much physical risk to carry and effort to assemble. Ours spent more time stored in my garage than the rib that replaced it. Afterward I had to clean and dry it off before I could bag it what a faff. I would only consider a SIB if no possibility to store a trailer, probably 3.6m would be my choice. If a rib was too expensive I would go for a second hand rib instead of new sib. I'd also consider a Boston Whaler.

Check out the thread 'Problems with Avon 4.60 Supersport on Plane' and the 'Saturn 385' which has buckling issues. Not good.

Thanks all - for the welcomes and advice - but i ask once again - Can we please stay on topic?? This was not a thread to debate what length of boat is best, or if there is a better boat for my intended purpose - there are thousands of those here already - This thread is very specific as to my question.. Thanks.....
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Once again - Can we PLEASE stay on topic?? This was not a thread to suggest what your opinion is - there are thousands of those here already - This thread is very specific as to my question.. Thanks.....
Mods please feel free to delete my posts so we can keep this thread on-topic please?
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