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Old 31 August 2015, 13:28   #11
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Nice one, but deflated her for winter it,s still summer you know and we have some of the best boating weather of the year coming up
hahaha,,, good point,, To be fair, I do hope to get a few good days out in her yet,,,

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Old 31 August 2015, 14:32   #12
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>>> I do hope to get a few good days out in her yet

Yep have it at the ready for another month or so. Our Aerotec is on standby for a good weather/tide time combination... a combination that a week ago was supposed to be today... but it rained all day... oh well.
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Old 05 September 2015, 05:03   #13
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How big is the boat inside the bag when folded? Do you happen to have a pic?
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Old 05 September 2015, 05:41   #14
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The makers say the packed dimension is... 115 x 72 x 39cm.

I have two here and I've just measured them. They always pack a little different each time you put them away and this time they are 110 x 66 x 34 cm and 105 x 64 x 38 cm.

Image with a standard Quicksilver 20 litre fuel tank beside it to give an idea of scale. This is the one packed to 110 x 66 x 34 cm.
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Old 05 September 2015, 06:51   #15
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That is very compact compared to my Suzumar 320 without the wood floor. I get the impression that this is the lightest and most portable decente size sib out there, which is interesting to me. I just don't know how I can get my hands on one as there is no dealer in Portugal.
Do you think that the Aerotec's weight compromises it's reliability?
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Old 05 September 2015, 07:16   #16
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>>>Do you think that the Aerotec's weight compromises it's reliability?

No not at all.

At over 2300 new in the UK it's about 60% higher price than other similar size Zodiac air floor models so is obviously a premium model. Having owned examples of Aerotecs and other Zodiac air floors the Aerotec is obviously better built in terms of design, fittings and a very strong transom.

I have a new Aerotec and a 17yr old one at the moment. The tubes have lasted perfectly on the 17yr old one... the only issues have been the usual Zodiac glued seam failure in some small areas... this can come at anything over 12yrs old in any Zodiac... even the most expensive Futura models.

So as long as you are OK with the rather narrow V-floor interior I'd say there are no downsides to the lightweight air floor build of the Aerotec.
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Old 05 September 2015, 20:01   #17
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In my opinion the Aero tech is a good Sib.
There is no doubt it has a keen following on here but.......
I think it is vastly over rated and over priced.
Plenty other sibs out there that can go toe to toe with it at a fraction of the price.
Granted these sibs to which I refer may well take longer to set up and be less portable - you pay your money you take your choice.
The big negative for me is the concave shape of the aerotech floor.
If money were no object I'd have one - but not high on my limited budget for a replacemeny for my Honwave at the moment.
Similar sized rib with aluminium hull would spank it rotten in a chop☺
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Old 06 September 2015, 03:41   #18
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>>>I think it is vastly over rated and over priced.
>>>If money were no object I'd have one

Somewhat mixed messages there!


>>>The big negative for me is the concave shape of the aerotech floor.

That's a fair point and a personal use/circumstance thing. Until this year we had the need for a mostly flat floor so an Aerotec was off the list and one of the best SIBs we had for that period was our Honwave 3.5AE like yours... so roomy and stable... amazing value too. But circumstances have changed hence we've been able to trial an Aerotec and decide if it's what we want for the next "X" years into the future.



>>>Plenty other sibs out there that can go toe to toe with it at a fraction of the price.

Hmm not sure that's true if you consider keeping on the plane in difficult sea conditions a priority. We've owned 7 SIBs over the past few years and the Aerotec is the only one that has been able to keep going at speed into a nasty chop or a larger sea with any degree of safety or comfort. They also have a far more progressive way of going onto the plane than any other SIB I've used which is very useful if you need to manoeuvre on/off the plane in very difficult sea state.


>>>Similar sized rib with aluminium hull would spank it rotten in a chop☺

A heavier, deep V, proper RIB with a big engine would... but I've also owned sporty GRP fast fishing boats in the 12-16ft range with a more conventional deep V at the bow/flatter at stern similar to most current small alloy floor RIBs and the Aerotec has a softer ride than those.

So your spanking by a small alloy floor RIB would only happen if there is one with a constant deep V bow to stern.... but of course it wouldn't roll up and fit into the car at the end of the day.
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BTW I was wary of the constant Aerotec praise on here... I always knew they were quite sporty but wanted to be sure they had real advantages for our specific use.

So I didn't just accept the hype. For a fair trial we bought a used one and took it on holiday for two weeks (Scottish west coast) to use alongside our existing Zodiac 340 Acti-V with the HP floor/keel.

Over several trips in often very bumpy conditions the difference really was chalk and cheese.
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Old 06 September 2015, 04:13   #20
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In my opinion the Aero tech is a good Sib.
There is no doubt it has a keen following on here but.......
I think it is vastly over rated and over priced.
Plenty other sibs out there that can go toe to toe with it at a fraction of the price.
Granted these sibs to which I refer may well take longer to set up and be less portable - you pay your money you take your choice.
The big negative for me is the concave shape of the aerotech floor.
If money were no object I'd have one - but not high on my limited budget for a replacemeny for my Honwave at the moment.
Similar sized rib with aluminium hull would spank it rotten in a chop☺
With respect that is total bollox.

Have you actually tried one? Like Fenlander I've had many different SIB's and nothing comes close to the Aerotec in typical UK conditions.

The floor shape is the reason it performs better than any other SIB (and works much better inside too for bracing against and getting you lower in the boat - it's a performance SIB). An alloy floor or FRIB or whatever will perform no better as they have such shallow hulls and none have the deeper V that extends all the way to the transom.

Nothing, even the Aerotec will perform like a proper (Searider) RIB as they don't have the weight but the next best thing in SIB land is undoubtably the Aerotec.

Plenty of bargains out there two, check the SIB's on ebay topic, two or three in the last month with engine well under 2k.
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