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Old 21 May 2014, 02:08   #1
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QS 380HD vs aerotec 380?

I have both on offer, both with similar ages 2008 30hp mercs, both on the same trailers.

The aerotec is 1/5 cheaper.

But I do fish and dive, so am concerned about the soft floor and usable space.
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Old 21 May 2014, 02:34   #2
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aerotech, just put some protective matting down to protect the floor.
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Old 21 May 2014, 02:39   #3
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I'm a huge convert to the Aerotec (see my b@stard topic) but my priorities are for a lightweight, fast handling, sporty SIB that handles chop well. However, in your case with fishing and diving as a priority and especially if you are going to trailer a boat and have a big heavy 30 on the back I'd want a solid floor for sure with the advantage of a wider beam with squarer bow and tubes that are easier to clamber over from the dive.
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What Max said, Bombards big advantage is portability. If you are trailing it anyway, go for the QS.
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Neither of them are hypalon, would you consider the likes of an achilles over the QS then?

Im a bit wary of the aerotec as I know its garaged with the 30hp on its transom, surely thats been too much strain over time, are they able to be left on the transom on trailer with 30hp OB?
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If its a 2 stroke, 2 cylinder 25hp I wouldnt be worried. But if its a 3 cylinder or a 4 stroke I would avoid it. But hanging that weight off the transom permenantly has got to have a negative effect on the glue holding the transom on.

TBH I dont see the point of the Aerotech if its on a trailer. No matter how good the airfloor hull is, its still not quite as good a solid floor. I love my Aerotech because its portable, compact, fast and takes 10 minutes to get from boot to water. My old Honwave T40 was a better boat, but it needed to be trailed.
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Good points thanks for that.

I saw a near new promarine, which I know arent the best, with 30hp merc and it was nearly half the price, 380 size with hard floor.
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What about am small RIB around the 4m mark if you're trailering it, I'd have thought a 2nd hand one would be a similar price to a new SIB.
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all the second hand ones are shot in comparison. double the money like for like size and quality.
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If sib will be living sheltered after use, pointless buying Hypalon. Would preffer a thicker gauge German pvc, polyurethane fabric than a much thinner Hypalon fabric.

If sib is near top inflated with 2 strokes 25-30 HP engines living at back transom on top trailer not an issue for transom as there's no flexing stress. Could be other story if being 4 strokes versions.

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