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Old 29 August 2010, 10:31   #1
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SIB tender/ENGINE advice needed pls

I have noted (with blighted eye) that you SIB lot have been having altogether too much fun, so I want a go too

I am looking for a "super-tender" of 2.7M LOA or smaller, with a motor capable of planing her with two big lads OB, but able to carry three adults and some kit as a slow tender. This seems to point to an airdeck and a motor of 5-6HP? The plan is to use her as a tender sometimes but for bay hopping at others.

This is the time of the year to go deal hunting for packages so I'd appreciate some advice:

1. Guessing no hypalon - what's the next best fabric?
2. What are the best regarded small motors? Liking the new Yammie F6A as can be transported any which way up (good on a RIB). Pricey though
3. Other than launch wheels and a tiller extension, what other SIB specific kit would be good to include in "the deal"?
4. Who's making middling inflatable tenders? Those SIBs from Gaelforce look ok but they don't ship here. The Wetline 265AD kinda caught my eye, and there's a local Yammie dealer sells 'em. He has a cheap F4 on sale now but I don't know if it would have the power to do what I want.

Any other advice, observations or smart arsed comments warmly welcomed
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Old 29 August 2010, 11:34   #2
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I'm no sibbing ex-spurt, but we do have a 2.3m dinghy. 5/6hp wont plane with more than oneget person onboard. Our 2.3m Quicksilver with a 5hp Tohatsu (simple, well built motor) will do 12knts one-up, chuck in an additional small child and she wont plane.

Not sure what max hp is on a 2.7, but it's got to be 8-9ish. IMV, Wetline dinghies are cheap and chearful, Avon and Zodiac are better, QS (Brunswick) are decent middling.

As for OB, go 2st and as light as poss.
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The smaller Nashers have a 2.8M Zodiac, that I've converted to an airdeck, with a Merc 4HP 2-stroke on the back. We call it an XR1.5

The lads are 11 and 13 and reasonably big for their ages, and the little boat gets up on the plane easily with both of them on board. It also manages it with me and just one of them, but not with all three of us.

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Reading between the lines - it sounds as if the airdeck is a must. Mollers, does your yoke have an airdeck?

I want a fairly fresh engine - when did wee 2 strokes get the chop? 2006?
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Reading between the lines - it sounds as if the airdeck is a must. Mollers, does your yoke have an airdeck?

I want a fairly fresh engine - when did wee 2 strokes get the chop? 2006?
Our's is wood slat/canvas. Steering is fun when on the plane.

http://www.tohatsu-uk.net/ 9.8hp still available to a select few I think.

If not, go light with a stroker.
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Quicksilver 270 Airdeck with a Tohatsu 9.8 2-stroke.

The QS boats are good value. Not as heavy duty as an Avon, but decent quality and competitively priced.

I'd definitely go 2-stroke, and that Tohatsu is a corker. Mine will just about get my 340 Aerotec on the plane with 2 adults and 2 kids - on the 270 it should be great.
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Old 29 August 2010, 17:03   #7
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Sorry if I'm labouring this point, but is it still possible to buy 9.8 Toohotsus new or are they readily available secondhand? I'm a bit isolated over here when it comes to used engine shopping

How much does one weigh?

That's a couple of votes for QS, thanks guys.
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Sorry if I'm labouring this point, but is it still possible to buy 9.8 Toohotsus new .
Yeah, check out the website. 9.8 and 50hp 2st are available new, to commercial and race users. I'm sure that you could slip one through RB.
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I dont understand all this ' 2 strokes are banned stuff' .. is it just that few people make them that meet the current emissions regs ? or what ? which means only optis and etecs meet the criteria for example (sorry to digress .. split off as you see fit matron) ....ooohhh a bit Kenneth Williams
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