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Old 08 December 2012, 03:26   #1
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SIB robustness

How robust is my SIB?

There are some obvious no-no's, like not wearing stilettos with my air floor, but what about standing in it on dry land (seen often on YouTube videos), dragging it short distance up a beach, over stone, up a slip etc etc.

Being new to SIBs, not sure what buts I need to be cautious of and what bits I'm being over cautious with.
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Old 08 December 2012, 03:54   #2
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How robust is my SIB?

There are some obvious no-no's, like not wearing stilettos with my air floor...
Unless you're directing a porn film I think you're worrying unnecessarily. Today's SIBs are fairly robust, however common sense should prevail in how you use and maintain it.

Regards pulling it over rocky ground or up a slip - then yes the abrasive nature is likely to damage the keel, especially the transom keel section. You can always fit transom wheels as a way round this, although they're plug ugly. Pulling it up a short stretch of sandy beach is fine - just don't haul the painter line. Get someone to help you and support it at the engine end. Stand in it on dry land? Go ahead, as long as you want!

When should we expect to see your directorial debut?
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Old 08 December 2012, 04:38   #3
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Old 08 December 2012, 07:39   #4
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Slightly off topic ,
A few years ago an ex Arun class lifeboat was being shipped from the uk to Iceland carried as deck cargo ,
during passage a severe storm washed the lifeboat off deck and it was lost into the sea and broke up
weeks later the only part that turned up intact & unscathed was the inflatable Y boat carried on top of the wheelhouse .

On the other subject ,, having had one of me relatives make a couple of dodgy films in the south of France in 1970s ,, she says platform shoes were much more forgiving than stilletoes on boats in those days especially inflatable tenders .
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You should not wear golf nor tracks shoes when boating on an air floor sib, usually remove mine and use it as a sunbathing floating device, for surfing small waves and camping. Just be aware of sharp points and edges, hooks., knives, etc.

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You should not wear golf nor tracks shoes when boating on an air floor sib...
This thread should be renamed 'What's the most inappropriate footwear you can wear on board an inflatable boat?'

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Having had one of me relatives make a couple of dodgy films in the south of France in 1970s ...she says platform shoes were much more forgiving than stilletoes on boats in those days especially inflatable tenders
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Ground has to be perfectly clean under the SIB if you "must" stand on it on land.Otherwise any sharp edged Stone ect could do damage!
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