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Old 27 February 2019, 04:58   #31
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I'm not sure Cumbria wanted to... but some 15hp/sib combos will tow...



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Old 27 February 2019, 05:12   #32
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Whilst I appreciate 20 would be better, the 15 will be very similar. Ok lacking 5hp, but itís the same block and probably develops similar torque to the 20.

Agree with upgrading to a T38 though if possible with dealer. Engine wise perhaps not so critical.
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Old 27 February 2019, 06:19   #33
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Whilst I appreciate 20 would be better, the 15 will be very similar. Ok lacking 5hp, but itís the same block and probably develops similar torque to the 20.

Agree with upgrading to a T38 though if possible with dealer. Engine wise perhaps not so critical.
i agree if an upgrade not possible i dont know but there might be an upgrade to the engine carb wise if it is carbed engine
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Old 27 February 2019, 06:24   #34
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15hp won't pull a towable toy.
Depends on the toy! You can have a lot of fun with a 15.

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OP - check the 'Which SIB' and the 'what to carry' stickies above too. Written exactly for potential new buyers like you.

In a nutshell though dozens of us have been through all the various combos and generally come down to a 3.4 to 3.8m airfloor with a 15 or so as the defecto manageable, usable, do anything, cope with UK seas and 1 to 3 people rig. If you can handle the hassle/weight/transport then a solid floor is a step up.



You can even mono if light enough!

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Old 27 February 2019, 06:31   #35
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Old 27 February 2019, 06:49   #36
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Whilst I appreciate 20 would be better, the 15 will be very similar. Ok lacking 5hp, but itís the same block and probably develops similar torque to the 20.

Agree with upgrading to a T38 though if possible with dealer. Engine wise perhaps not so critical.
I think you are right about torque being important Chipko and the videos from Fenlander are really informative. That having been said I'd still try to change the order as the 15 is not even delivered or unboxed yet. Poor show if they wouldn't oblige.
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Old 27 February 2019, 09:03   #37
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I've had 3 SIBs, all with wooden floors and I've found that assembling them isn't too difficult.

My current SIB is 3.1 metres with a 9.9 outboard. It will plane with 2 small adults, and, in flat conditions, with 3.

My wife and son and I have had enjoyable river trips creeping up hidden backwaters, anchoring, picnicking and swimming.

In the same boat, my wife and I have done a bit of cove hopping, anchoring and swimming.

A previous boat was around 3.3 to 3.4 metres (I can't recall) and was good for 2 adults with full diving gear. Indeed, we once had 3 adults with dive gear, out on the sea on the south coast of England, but it was a bit hairy and we did take on green water at least once.

The general rule of SIBs is that smaller ones are always better for the 360 days of the year they're in the garage, and bigger ones are always better once they're launched. Everyone finds a sweet spot.

There is no obligation to go fast. In fact, on a choppy sea, going fast can be uncomfortable. You could consider a slightly bigger hull and a smaller engine, and take it steady. An outboard that does not need a remote tank (say 6hp?) will be cheaper, easier to carry, take up less space, and still push you at sensible speeds. I've spent whole days on a SIB pushed by a 3hp and had just as much fun as when I had a 15 ó just different fun.
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Old 27 February 2019, 09:08   #38
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That having been said I'd still try to change the order as the 15 is not even delivered or unboxed yet. Poor show if they wouldn't oblige.

Depends if boat and motor are purchased from same dealer.
If so, and motor not already pdiíd and registered then yes, why not. After all your buying a bigger boat which is rated for a larger motor, and your spending more money. Whatís not to like for the dealer.
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Old 28 February 2019, 01:10   #39
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Old 28 February 2019, 03:50   #40
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Despite many of us leaning towards the T38 can't see you'll go wrong with the T32. It's that bit bigger than the 3.0AE you first considered and I think you'll appreciate the easier setup process with the air floor. 14" extra interior length over the 30AE may not sound much but at these sizes it makes a big difference... and the near 300lbs extra load carrying ability gives a bit more in reserve.

Had you decided to pair the T32 with an 8hp and then found the SIB too small so upgrading to a T32/38 then you would have needed to upgrade the OB too losing a fair bit. But in buying the 15hp now you are future proofed up to a 3.8m. And if after a few trips you decided a T38 was needed after all the Honwaves are such value new and well regarded used the upgrade would only be a modest cost.

I'm not sure you've said where you intend to launch at the coast? Carrying everything in the car I assume and setting up each trip? Did you buy the matching transom wheels with the T32?
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