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Old 01 December 2009, 15:13   #41
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The only point I was trying to make is that there is a higher chance of the L/J in the plane saving your life when its stored under your seat than the L/J on the boat when stored under the seat.
well you're failing to make your point - because whilst stored under your seat the probability of either saving your life is non existent... and what you have succeeded in doing is distracting from the very reasonable and valid point that willk was making - it would be better to put it on than have it under the seat. You may of course be confusing the probability of the life jacket saving your life and the risk of dieing as a result of not having a L/J on - the two are quite different.
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Old 01 December 2009, 21:12   #42
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SIBS are Soft Inflatable boats. They have an air or material hull (usually flat or gentle v) and large air sponsons down the sides. I think they go up to about 4.5m maybe more.

RIBS are Rigid Inflatable boats that have usually GRP or Aluminium hull with tubes down the sides. These can vary from about 3m to more that 12!

I would imagine an Avon Typhoon of Commando SIB would be ideal for your larger angling needs.
SIBs can go 7m or more (eg. Zodiac Mark VI)
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Old 02 December 2009, 09:26   #43
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SIBs can go 7m or more (eg. Zodiac Mark VI)

Ok, I stand corrected!! I don't know if they're imported (or were imported) here, so I've certainly never seen one. What sort of power would a sib that size take, and what benefit does it have over a rib or normal hardboat of the same size? Surely It has a fixed console + stuff?
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They are big heavy beasts, typically used for industrial applications such as transferring oil drums and the like, and in some military applications. A couple of benefits of a SIB like this over a RIB of similar length is that it can be folded for air transport & parachute dropped in remote areas. Also, the deck provides a very wide flat platform for carrying cargo, and it has a much greater payload capacity (9040 lbs) which is about double that of most RIBs of similar length. Max recommended horsepower for these is 175 hp which can be tillered or console steered.

In either the late '70s or early '80s, the previous Zodiac dealer in this area made a video demonstrating the capability of a Zodiac Mark VI* SIB. In the video, he drove his Chevy Suburban** (~ +6000 lbs) to a nearby river bank, then (he and several others) proceeded to unload this SIB & a 200 hp tillered outboard from the back of the truck. The SIB was assembled & inflated with an air compressor, the outboard was mounted and the boat was but in the water. Trailer loading ramps that were in the suburban were placed on the side of the SIB and the suburban was driven onto the SIB (crossways) and it got strapped down. The owner then proceeded to boat several miles down the river & back with the suburban strapped on top. A couple of other inflatable boats accompanied it in order to videotape it all.


* Zodiac Mark VI (although not the video I was referring to):

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** Chevy Suburban:

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Old 07 December 2009, 18:10   #45
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there is nothing to compare betwen a porta bote and a sib, may be some times has taken and hour to complete the assambly of my avon s400 (If i do it whitout any help and a few beers) and yes i've spend many hours to find and patch a puncture, sure i would like more space into my sib but i'm not crazy, i'll never change my old avon to buy a porta carton, i know many lazy sibers thinks portabote could be a great solution let me tell'em they are absolutely wrong they will lost much more than what they'll win.
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Just have to say I have actually owned both Porta-bote (12 and 14') and inflatables (Avon and Achilles), among other boats. Both have advantages. OP's experience (especially for a boat importer) is a little sketchy.

1. Yes they do plane easily with a 3.5, a 5hp should not be an issue unless you do not know how to trim an outboard. I have done it easily and there are countless youtube videos of it.

2. Stability... it's a modified v hull, they rock a little at rest they are designed that way. Secondary stability though is exquisite, and that's what keeps you from rocking too far, not initial stability like OP thinks. The trade off is on plane they blow an inflatable away in terms of comfort and stability. (Once again a boat importer should know this).

3. Inflatables do puncture, and not just newbies puncture them. I don't know of anyone who actually uses an inflatable that doesn't take a patch kit just in case. Most I have seen have a few patches here and there if they are used frequently. Mine are hypalon and have several, some from very minor things.

As for false propaganda... thats your opinion. 1/2 hour sounds about right with floorboards, like a lot of them including mine have.

I actually own a porta bote, it works amazingly well. Almost every owner will tell you the same thing. Sorry but opinions from people who don't own one are worthless. I love my inflatable boats as well, but the porta bote bashing from people who probably have never even seen one is beyond stupid.
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beyond stupid.
Welcome to Ribnet.

Appearing 6 years after a thread was last posted in and ranting as your 1st post isn't too intelligent either
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Hi all, interesting thread!
I own a Honwave 380ie and love it, I also own a Smartwave 4800cc + 60 hp Mariner Efi each has it's uses. I used to own (and love) a 14ft Portabote with a 9.8 on the tail. This gave me lots of fun both on Loch Lomond and the North Sea up to 2 miles out in good conditions fishing. They are far more stable than you may think. Mine planed easily with 2 + tackle fuel, food etc. I have a Bravo pump for the Honwave and the Portabote was just as quick to assemble after some practice.
I will try and load a vid of us 3 up at sea in another post as this was started as a quick reply.
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3 up in a Portabote

OK, trying again last session timed out while making coffee and would not let me complete the posting!
Dropbox links as upload failed again!

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I must admit that they look a little strange and have never fancied one BUT there are quite a few anglers use them on fresh water so normally smaller engines and electric motors. It is rare to see them being knocked on the fishing forums where most of the users are to be found and the only 3 people who have or had them that I know of, all really liked them for fishing.

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