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Old 12 July 2009, 13:12   #1
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SIB Quality v cost

Hi,

looking to buy a SIB,

ideally will go for something secondhand, but if nothing comes up then it will be new:

looking at the following:

Quicksilver 3.4 Airdeck - 800

Honwave 3.8 airdeck - 895

and an outsider,

Avon 3.4m 1395

Does the quality of the Avon justify the price?

Are the Quicksilver / honda boats likely to be any better the lesser brands?

Any others i should consider.......All views welcome...........


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Old 12 July 2009, 14:03   #2
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Is it the Hypalon or Duratex Quicksilver your looking at.

The Avon will be hypalon and easier to repair if you do damage it at all. I have a mid eighties Avon RIB which looks like it is on th original tubes, also had a Avon SIB which was very old but solid.
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Old 12 July 2009, 14:42   #3
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its the duratex models i've looked at - i didn't know they did hypalon versions
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Having repaired Hypalon and a Zodiac PVC SIB I can see very little difference in repairing the materials. Both use two pack glues and the process is very similar. I use a controlled enviroment (a warm garage) and a few G clamps.

Anyone else had any experience repairing PVC SIB's?
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Pay the extra and get a Zodiac activ v. It's like putting money in the bank and you're guaranteed to get your money back when you sell it on.

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Pay the extra and get a Zodiac activ v. It's like putting money in the bank and you're guaranteed to get your money back when you sell it on.

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Old 13 July 2009, 11:10   #7
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I had a look at the Zodiac - looks good, but nearly as expensive as Avon, but made of pvc and not hyperlon surprisingly.

I suppose the Avon should prove more durable being Hyperlon ?
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With hypalon I think the biggest plus is how long it lasts compared to PVC in my (limited) experiance.
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