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Old 07 April 2008, 07:23   #1
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Quicksilver 380 Heavy Duty

Hi All,

I'm starting to reside myself to having to let go of my current RIB - just not using it enough to justify the space on the drive and the insurance, servicing etc.

But I need to keep getting wet! So I've been thinking about a SIB.

I have my eye on a Quicksilver 380 HD (alu or Wood floor) with probably a 15HP 2 stroke.

Couple of questions:

1) Would this cope with 3 adults and 2 sets of dive kit? for short trips?

2) Any ideas on rough top speed, 2 up?

3) Any other similar alternative make/model anybody rates?

4) Any other general comments!


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Old 07 April 2008, 08:13   #2
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I would say you will need more power, but the boat will do the job well with a 25 or 30 hp on it! You will probably also end up with it on a trailer as it will weigh rather a lot!
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Old 07 April 2008, 08:43   #3
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Thanks Nick,

I was thinking that may be the case, I am looking at some 25hp mariners as an option.

I'm trying to get away from the trailer (well boat trailer anyway, plan to have the deflated boat and engine in a box trailer).

I'd like to be able to use the boat more where there is no slip access. If we can't get the box trailer near to the shore, there will be a 2 or 3 (reasonably) fit people to lug the boat and engine separtately then assemble on shore.
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I think will be just about managable - will prob put some launching wheels on too.

On another point has anyone used un-regulated Scuba tanks to inflate RIB/SIB in a hurry?

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My brother in law has this very set up 3.80 + a 25 hp mariner & 3 of us can just lift it & carry it down to the water, launching wheels would do the job, some are rated up to 275kg
I have used cylinders to inflate tubes in the past & still have a old reg to do the job works very well, but you have to be careful not to over inflate!
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Good quality pneumatic launching wheels make a world of difference. With them, it is pretty easy for me to unload a rolled up 4.2m Zodiac Grand Raid (Mark II), from my vehicle, inflate it, mount the launching wheels & a 25 hp 2 stroke, and then roll the rig to the water edge on my own. This is so long as the path to the water edge is relatively smooth and not too soft of sand. If the path is really rocky and steep, it is hell for one person. I do the set up right by where I was able to unload the vehicle so that I'm rolling rather than carrying stuff.
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"mount the launching wheels"

are there launching wheels that you dont have to bolt into the transom and you can take off when not in use?! are they the ones that are designed for aluminum boats or are they SIB specific wheels? i have been unable to find any that dont bolt on for SIBs, is there a well known manufacture?

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"mount the launching wheels"

are there launching wheels that you dont have to bolt into the transom and you can take off when not in use?! are they the ones that are designed for aluminum boats or are they SIB specific wheels? i have been unable to find any that dont bolt on for SIBs, is there a well known manufacture?

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The type I have for my zodiac use a bolt that goes through the transom and screws into a threaded hole near the top of the arm that holds the wheel. Further down that arm is a slot that is slid over a button neat the bottom of the transom this system requires you to take the arm and wheel right off the transom and place in the boat once in the water so you can get underway.
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I did have these on my last Sib http://www.polymarine.com/products/p...s-up-to-230kg-[1839].cfm

I now have the Zodiac ones as prairie tuber, they came with the new boat!
They are great for getting the boat to the water, but for me as we tend to do a lot of beach hopping the others are better as you can just lower them & drive up in to the shallows as the wheels will not let the prop hit the sea bed!
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Hey Nick, Those swing up style launching wheels would undoubtedly be alot more convenient than the ones I have. When using the wheels, do they seem quite solidly attached to the transom or do the arms rattle in the brackets?
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when up or down they are a very tight fit & wedge down so they do not rattle about! In fact I'm talking my self in to buying some!
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