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Old 23 September 2010, 12:21   #11
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With that size of SIB you can just pick it up and put it into the water. If there's two of you it's really easy. You can lift the motor in and fit it afterwards (but tie a rope onto it so you don't lose it forever if you drop it!).

A decent set of launching wheels will make moving the boat around on land very easy, even if you don't actually use them for launching.
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Old 23 September 2010, 12:52   #12
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Thanks JK - pontoon launching makes SIB owning a more practical undertaking, although I guess one still has to be very careful about lifting the boat in/out to ensure the hull is not scraped excessively along the pontoon edges.

Can "universal" launching wheels be bought which will fit any type of transom ?
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Old 23 September 2010, 15:20   #13
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Just another if you please......is SIB-ing permitted on any of the many reservoirs in Yorkshire?
To say how many reservoirs ,lakes and dams there are in yorkshire ,there are very few if any that allow the use of the general public using powered craft,mostly they are private sailing clubs or used for drinking water ,even the watersports centres dont allow powered craft except for there own rescue boats ,there maybe some in south yorks and i think there is a couple of lakes over the pennines on the lancashire/manchester side .
the lancashire sibbers may have a better idea ,, Sale water park and Hollingworth waterpark spring to mind ,,,(not often us yorkshire like going over the pennines into lancashire ,war of the roses ,,lol. [/QUOTE]

You yorkies just can't get over defeat, let it go, it was a long time ago

Seriously though i believe that sale water park is for engine testing only and hollingworth lake as an engine size limit of 5hp if my memory serves me correctly.

I live less than 20 mins drive from both of them and cant use them. My own personal recommendations are for rivers either York or Chester and don't forget the fabulous Lake district. There are 4 lakes that you can SIB on, these being Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Derwent. As for the sea I'd go for Whitby, Easy to use, good facilities and great cruising area.

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Old 23 September 2010, 15:29   #14
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Can "universal" launching wheels be bought which will fit any type of transom ?
Some SIB's such as the Honwave IE models need special launch wheels, this is because the floor extends past the transom and so the wheels have to bend round the floor. see picture

Please note that this is only on the IE (inflatable floor) Models
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Old 01 October 2010, 09:15   #15
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If you're using a boat inland on BW waters, you will also need insurance. Just like a car third party is the minimum with 1m cover. I've just renewed my cover on a 265 airdeck with 15hp mariner for just over 43 but had a quote as low as 22 for TP only.
As mentioned earlier, the "Explorer" licence is about 80ish and has 30 one day 'tickets' which is probably the best value. If you aren't going to use it that often, a 'one day' BW licence will cost 6.80 for river use or 11.35 to cover rivers and canals. Licences are available from BW or from two good marinas near you - Boroughbridge Marina, and York Marine at Bishopthorpe.
As for your question about still waters in the area, I haven't found any ,,, -yet. There are a few possibilities that I need to look into.
There is a lake between Elland and Brighouse that I have seen waterskiers on in the past.
There's a quarry lake north of Knaresborough that is used for waterskiing that someone has told me about.
I'm also told Hornsea Mere lets some powered craft on , but being so close to the sea - is there any point?
Our kit fits in the back of the wife's car, (actually it mostly lives there!) so we can 'pop' out and be on the water in about half an hour. Our favourite is going up the Aire and Calder into Leeds and doing some shopping or fishing.
Regarding engine size, it's really a matter of what you are doing and where. I started with a 4hp old Johnson which was not particularly reliable. I then went down the 'reliable road' buying a nearly new 5hp Honda 4 stroke. Reliable for sure, but really heavy and not knowing what I was doing, was a long shaft (!). I then got a 2.3 honda which to be honest pushed the boat along almost as fast as the five and incredibly light.. Finally after much searching and travelling many hundreds of miles I have got myself a 2004 Mariner 2stroke 15hp which is wicked !
One particular passtime I do enjoy is taking the inflatable on a strech of canal with a few swing bridges such as Rodley or Silsden. No need to open them, just duck!
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Thanks for the info Wobbley...interesting comments about the engine power/weight issues

Do SIBs have to use the slipway (and pay ) at Boroughbridge and Bishopthorpe Marinas (and Linton?) or can you generally launch from a pontoon or suchlike?

Same question for the canal network ?
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Old 01 October 2010, 19:31   #17
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From memory I think it's a tenner to use the slipway at Boroughbridge or York Marine although that can be reduced to a fiver at York if you 'chuck in' from the moorings. There is a public slipway on Blue Bridge Lane at York but you don't get the advantage of handy parking thrown in. I am told the slipway at Kings Staith is also for public use, but this is usually 'hogged' by the rescue boat.
Technically, any pulic place where you can launch safely should be ok. BW are ok with this as long as the crew is capable of launching craft without mechanical means. So as long as you're not using a hiab or a skip lorry, any visitor moorings such as Museum Gardens at York, Naburn, or Boroughbrige, or any lock moorings such as Linton on Ouse or Westwick are free to use for launching and recovering small craft.
Most engines under 6hp are pretty easy to put on the boat once it's in the water, weighing 25kg or less. Outboards of 7-10hp are about 30-40kg and are a bit of a struggle unless Mrs Hamble Flyer is an Olympic weightlifter !!! If you go to 15hp and above you're looking at 50kg plus - probably best with trailer and slipway for these. I've got a little Honda BF 2.3hp that weighs 13kg - you can lift it off the boat with one hand !
If you're in the Harrogate area the Ouse/Ure/Ripon Canal is a must. It's a delightful waterway.
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I missed the 'Linton?' bit on your previous post, - this is one to be careful with. Above the lock the BW moorings are between the lock and the slipway. Below the lock the BW moorings are the strange looking floating pontoon with the walkway leading to it, NOT the moorings on the bank below the lock.
Its free to launch from BW facilities but ALL other areas at Linton are controlled by the marina here.
If you do use BW property for launching here and a chap comes up and demands a fiver from you,,,, - chuck him in!
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Thanks Wobbley

I am now getting a clearer picture of the "ins and outs" (!) of SIB operations in my local area which is the Ouse/Ure . . . but still pondering on buying a conventional boat of say 11-12' on a trailer which can live in the garage. Pros and cons with either option I feel, although the SIB is more versatile when considering the occasional offshore boating trip.

I'll keep you posted with progress..........I am renowned for taking my time with things like this!
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