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Old 09 March 2008, 14:27   #1
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Quicksilver inflatable & Mercury 6HP Four Stroke

Hello,
we (Our Weight (2 Adult + 1 Child)= 140 Kg) would like to buy a Quicksilver inflatable with a Mercury 6HP 4 Stroke, we have only three possibilities:
a_ Quicksilver 340 Airdeck (42Kg) + Mercury 6HP 4 Stroke (25Kg+10Kg) + Transom Wheels (6KG) Total Weight= 83Kg+140Kg= 223Kg
b_ Quicksilver 310 Sport (52Kg) + Mercury 6HP 4 Stroke (25Kg+10Kg) + Transom Wheels (6KG) Total Weight= 93+140Kg= 233Kg
c_ Quicksilver 340 Sport (56Kg) + Mercury 6HP 4 Stroke (25Kg+10Kg) + Transom Wheels (6KG) Total Weight= 97+140Kg= 237Kg
Which one should we choose? Is plaining with one of these choices possible (saltwater use) ?
Thanks for your advices.

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Old 09 March 2008, 15:49   #2
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Hello and welcome

It's possible you might be able to plane with the airdeck but you may not, depending on conditions.

You're probably better off with the airdeck as it will save you a bit or weight but I would seriously consider increasing the HP to a minimum of 8, preferably 10 (or more!).

Why have you not considered a 2 stroke? If you go for a 2 stroke 10 hp instead you will get MUCH better performance than from a 4 stroke 6 and planing will definitey NOT be a problem
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Old 09 March 2008, 16:18   #3
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I don't think there's any chance of planing in any of those boats with 6hp. As you'll be going slowly the Airdeck would be as good as a hard floor - and it's lighter and easier to rig too.

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Old 09 March 2008, 16:40   #4
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Hello,
thank you for your advice, I'm a little scared about Airdeck floor. Because 3 years ago I had one, there was something wrong with the fuel line, after fuel dropped on the airdeck there was a hole about 2cm². My shop changed this airdeck, and they told me to be carefull with the fuel.

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Old 10 March 2008, 07:07   #5
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I have never had a problem with air decks & fuel!
I would go for the air deck & if you want light & still get on the plane then how about a Tohatsu 9.HP 2 stroke (if you can fined one!) as the are very light!
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Old 10 March 2008, 13:03   #6
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Fuel & Airdeck

Hello,
yes you are right, fuel & Airdeck - there is no problem; But I used my boat also in Turkey, they sell unleaded fuel with Ethanol and because of Ethanol you can get Problems too.

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If portability, storage and quick inflation/deflation is a must go for the 340 air deck, but if you already had gas spillage problems go for the more performing 340 sports model, as stated before change engine for a minimum Tohatsu 9.8 (26 Kg) 2 strokes preferebly. 310 model too basic for your needs.

Other excellent options will be 10/15 HP, both have the same CC and weight but 10 HP is carburated restricted. So the 15 HP will be more suitable. Choose the brand you like or best priced.
Ethanol is a fabric eater...

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Hello,
We choosed Quicksilver 340 Sport(56Kg) + Mercury 9.9 4 Stroke(38 Kg+12) + Transom Wheels (6Kg) total= 112Kg We hope it is easy to transport over the beach.
Anyway thanks for your advice.

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Whats the max the 310 will take?

I had a Quicksilver 270 airdeck with a 6hp 2 stroke Johnson. It would just get on the plane with two light people onboard.
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The 310 will take up to a 15hp which would have been my personal choice - 2 stroke 15hp is lighter than 9.9hp 4 stroke.

However, you've made a wise choice increasing from your original plan of a 6hp - the boat will plane just fine with your new setup

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