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Old 23 January 2007, 09:26   #21
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Why not use a zapcat - would be fine for rescue as well as racing.

Arancias are quite popular in Wales - they have some great videos on their website

http://www.arancia.co.nz/index.htm
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Old 23 January 2007, 11:10   #22
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Ceasar Surfcat

We only offer the Ceasar Surfcat in PVC as it has been tried and tested for numerous years without problem. We use the same standard of PVC to manufacture all of the boats in our X-Class range. Hypalon is more expensive and far more labour intensive to work with which would bring the price of the product up dramatically.

The hull design is the same as the Thundercat although the freeboard is slightly lower in the Surfcat giving it a more stable ride. However, you have the benefit of the round nose giving you more usable deck space, making it ideal for a rescue craft.

Please look at www.ceasarmarine.com for more information.
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Old 23 January 2007, 16:08   #23
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don't do it!

I bought an identical boat 2 years ago , I would say that they are NOT up to commerical duty, I've had 5 dinghys over 6 years and 3 ribs and this qs was the worst by far.
the floor kinked with only 10 hp 4 stroke mariner on transom, the floor delaminated rapidly, the rubbing strake is about 6 millimetres in profile and frankly inadequate, qs warranty enquiry was badly dealt with. The fabric was very thin and the towing ring on the front was so weak it died when tied to a mooring under normal use,.

If people are to be rescued in your boat I would for my 2 penneths worth avoid this model,.
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Old 23 January 2007, 16:09   #24
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re don't do it!

the above related to quicksilver.
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Old 23 January 2007, 16:37   #25
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We only offer the Ceasar Surfcat in PVC as it has been tried and tested for numerous years without problem. We use the same standard of PVC to manufacture all of the boats in our X-Class range. Hypalon is more expensive and far more labour intensive to work with which would bring the price of the product up dramatically.

The hull design is the same as the Thundercat although the freeboard is slightly lower in the Surfcat giving it a more stable ride. However, you have the benefit of the round nose giving you more usable deck space, making it ideal for a rescue craft.

Please look at www.ceasarmarine.com for more information.
It would be great to see more pictures and maybe some videos of the surfcats and thunderbolts on that site.
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Old 23 January 2007, 17:24   #26
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I bought an identical boat 2 years ago , I would say that they are NOT up to commerical duty, I've had 5 dinghys over 6 years and 3 ribs and this qs was the worst by far.
the floor kinked with only 10 hp 4 stroke mariner on transom, the floor delaminated rapidly, the rubbing strake is about 6 millimetres in profile and frankly inadequate, qs warranty enquiry was badly dealt with. The fabric was very thin and the towing ring on the front was so weak it died when tied to a mooring under normal use,.

If people are to be rescued in your boat I would for my 2 penneths worth avoid this model,.
I agree about not up to commercial spec but my quicksilver 3.1m is fine and takes the 15hp Suzuki 4 stroke no probs - what floor did you have? Mine is the proper ply floorboards and make it very riogid but they are a bit of a pain to keep taking apart.
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Old 23 January 2007, 17:34   #27
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I had a 430 HD with a 30 Merc on the back. I have driven quite a few SIBs as a diver, and I would not go near the Quicksilver as a rescue boat. They have a tendancy to fold at the bow, just where you need the strength, if the tubes are not absolutely fully inflated. In my opinion the stringers are not carried far enough forward, and the aluminium floor boards on mine had some very questionable sharp edges that really have no place on an inflatable boat. Engine size - I found the 30 plenty scarry enough on such a light boat. Also given the requirements of a safety boat, I would go for one with hypalon tubes as others have mentioned here. Just my opinion
There you go, Chapter and verse. Open and close! I love it.
That is the end of that. I just love it when someone just hits the buttons.
In this instance we have saved the Rowing club a mistake.
If we keep going, then all mistakes will be ironed out and everyone will learn and the service will get better to all.

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Old 23 January 2007, 17:40   #28
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Some related info on this thread form a couple months back;

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Old 23 January 2007, 21:53   #29
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Cheap rig then
I would consider some closed cell foam for the deck and some foot straps.
Hi Tim, I have an Avon W400 sib and am interested in implementing your suggestions for my boat. Are you talking about using closed cell foam as a covering for the deck or as a replacement. My boat has a heavy 4 piece interlocking plywood deck. I would like to learn as much as possible about modifications and techniques that allow these boats to be operated "reasonably" in surf. In other words it looks like fun but scary as ---l. Any resources or advice appreciated.
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Old 24 January 2007, 03:53   #30
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Closed cell foam bonded to the deck and wind surfing foot straps attached through the deck and foam .
You will have to make sure that no bolt heads will wear through the material underneath .

See if you can get patterned foam so get a better grip windsurfing straps are pretty cheap and easy to fit .
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