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Old 27 February 2019, 03:11   #11
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We have used various sizes, our 3.8m Aerotec was ok in some fairly interesting conditions, but having used a variety of boats I wouldn’t want to go smaller than that personally, it was a good size for three people with some bags and safety kit. I actually have it for sale as well, can PM if interested.

Nowadays after using boats for over two and a half decades I must admit to preferring a rib for rough weather. But as a starter for some good coastal fun, a 3.8m sib with 15-20hp is a great way to get going for a few years!!!
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Old 27 February 2019, 03:27   #12
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>>> 3.8m Aerotec was ok in some fairly interesting conditions, but having used a variety of boats I wouldn’t want to go smaller than that personally, it was a good size for three people with some bags and safety kit.

Agreed... I reckon unless you are on solo expeditions like The Gurnard with his sub 3m Frib then 3.5-3.8m is the sweet spot for a sib being OK with more challenging conditions but still manageable ashore.
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Old 27 February 2019, 03:29   #13
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Need a final bot advice . Can go to 35ae or a 32 blow up floor

What would u do
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Old 27 February 2019, 03:43   #14
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I've owned a 3.5ae and sold it in the end due to the faff of fitting and dismantling the alloy floor each outing plus the weight handling when ashore both inflated and when in its bags packed away (about 160lbs total). However it was a super stable outfit and roomy for its length. Also found its weight and size took more speed off a 15hp than any other sib I used that outboard with (3.4/3.6/3.8m air floors).

The air floor 3.2m Honwave (86lbs) is well regarded and a popular start point for sibbing… but many upgrade from that to the 3.8m air floor Honwave (106lbs) in a year or two.

Are you looking new and budget limited. If so perhaps consider a used 3.8 air floor Honwave??
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Old 27 February 2019, 03:50   #15
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Need a final bot advice . Can go to 35ae or a 32 blow up floor

What would u do
Depends on your budget and preference for buying new. I wouldn't get the alloy floor personally. Although your kit will transfer between boats this is also a major initial outlay.

If you buy a used boat then not too much money lost if you decide to upgrade. Cost me a grand for only one year of ownership, you could be like my buyer and locate a bargain. Good offers to you in this thread.
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Old 27 February 2019, 03:52   #16
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A little bit depends on the size of your family members too. If you and partner are average-small size and 10yr old similar a 3.2m can feel loads better than if filled with folks over average size/weight.

BTW Cumbria do you have the Honda 15hp already or will that be new too?
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Old 27 February 2019, 03:55   #17
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Ok so t38 best for storage and size with the air floor and 15hp . A new budget not most important it's the boat
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Old 27 February 2019, 03:59   #18
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Do you mean you want to buy new at all costs?
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Old 27 February 2019, 03:59   #19
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Ok so t38 best for storage and size with the air floor and 15hp . A new budget not most important it's the boat
20hp is the same weight and size yet only a little more expensive. Worthwhile IMHO.
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Old 27 February 2019, 04:05   #20
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>>>20hp is the same weight and size yet only a little more expensive.

It's a devil isn't it. Cumbria comes on here with a good idea what he wants and we're starting mission creep adding £400 to the sib cost and now toying with £350 more on the OB!
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