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Old 06 September 2015, 13:54   #31
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Well it doesn't matter to me either way but you did in post #17...

<<<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.>>>

Anyway if you fish I couldn't think of a better SIB than the Honwave 3.5 alloy floor you have at the moment... one of the best value SIBs out there... strong floor, transom & seat... roomy... big stable tubes... decent build quality etc.
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Old 06 September 2015, 14:24   #32
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By that i was meaning I'd have one if I had infinite cash like I would have a lot of things that I would other wise not consider owning. Things like jet skis, quad bike a speed boat etc etc the list is endless.
A 380 would definitely be in there due to its portability.
They are good sibs that punch above their weight in terms of stability/performance relative to their weight - just a bit too pricey for what it is in my book.
When I compare it to my Honwave 3.5ae I could literally buy 3 Honwaves brand new for the price of one new Aerotech.

This is where it falls down in my eyes .
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Old 06 September 2015, 14:41   #33
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Why buy new anyway? It's pointless as you immediately flush 1000 down the toilet. Guaranteed. Madness. At the end of the day it's load of rubber tubes and a bit of wood glued together. As long as all the glued bits are stuck and there is no significant damage/wear then let someone else throw their money away.
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Old 06 September 2015, 15:58   #34
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Sunday evening red rag eh?

Madness... or a very well judged purchase based on a thorough understanding of the SIB market and proper research into the boat's abilities before buying... I wonder which?

At all price points from brand new to tatty 350 examples Aerotecs (as are other SIBs) are good value. Unlike cars the depreciation is far less savage... as I've said above buy new and keep 10yrs... even 5yrs and the cost is peanuts. They cost nothing to keep and fuel costs are minimal.

So the odd foray into new stuff balanced with other used items is nothing in the scheme of life... particularly as buying new doesn't mean you have to pay the new price ;-)
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Old 06 September 2015, 17:08   #35
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When I bought a new aerotec in 2011, I paid 1250 delivered from a dealer on the south coast
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Old 02 November 2015, 18:43   #36
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I have just bought an Aerotec 380 but haven't bought an engine yet, any tips on the outboard to buy, I was thinking of a 25HP but am concerned at a) weight b) performance and safety when I am piloting myself. Can you lay an outboard down flat in a boot? Short or long version?
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Old 02 November 2015, 19:11   #37
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Hi

2 stroke no real issues as long as it's drained of petrol.4 stroke different matter.
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Old 03 November 2015, 17:26   #38
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Firstrib you want a short shaft.
I think engine size is very personal. Ive had a 15hp which was ok but have recently swapped it for a 25hp which i much prefer. I think a 15hp 2 stroke is around 36kg with a 25hp around 52kg, but they are top heavy so you may want to try a few to make sure you are ok with the weight.
If you want or are able to afford new then a 20hp 4 stroke may fit the bill?
The difference for me is i found i was running my 15 flat out too often where the 25 cruises nicely lower down the rev range but the extra grunt is there when needed.
Hope that helps.
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On the other hand I had a 25hp which I changed for a 15hp (both 2-strokes).

The 25 was too heavy to manhandle easily, and the 15 performs well enough to be a good compromise.
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Great, I have just bought one too!
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