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Old 27 October 2002, 12:33   #1
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SIBs

Right, I'm getting sick and tired of not having a boat, and at the age of 17 a proper RIB is out of the question. Can't afford to be paying that sort of amount for the boat in the first place, then I'd need some way of towing it, plus all the extra costs such as insurance and so on.
So, I've decided I might be able to save up for a while and get myself a SIB. Just a few questions...
  • What sort of price am I looking at for a SIB that'll take say 3 or 4 adults?
  • What sort of price am I going to be looking at for a suitable outboard?
  • What sort of sea conditions am I going to be limited to?
I figure that a SIB would be sufficient for a bit of exploring inshore, and also for getting me and friends to less accesible places by the shore for snorkelling and freediving, plus it's something that would fit in the car when on holiday etc.

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Old 27 October 2002, 12:49   #2
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go for a small avon super sport and a 15-25hp out board. probably get the lot for under a grand if you shop around. Thats what I had when I was 18, all those years ago! Mine carried 5 people and would plane easily with three, I could just about pull a skier with 2.

I had an Avon super sport 3.4m and a 1990ish yamaha 25hp premix outboard. Total cost about 1100 in 1993. (500 for boat, 600 for engine).

I went round the needles in mine, over to the IoW alot and even out in a force 6-7 once 3 up! Mind you I don't reccommend that. It handled most things I threw at it no problem. I'd still have it now if it hadn't been stolen! (Technically mine was still arib not a sib but tho people could easily carry it with the engine and it was also available with a wooden or aluminium floor).
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Old 27 October 2002, 12:55   #3
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Matt,

SIB's have nothing to fear if the wheather get worse. In fact boat's limits extend further than the crew one's.

Keep in mind that all today's ribsters with more than 20 years of experience, began with sibs and one of the main reasons that pushed them to larger boats is consumerism.

A sib has many benefits. Less weight for a start, which requires smaller engines, (less fuel), conveniency on launching and restoring etc.
I've got 2 friends who gave away the rib and joined the sib family for those reasons.

As you approach the subject I think the best thing to do is go for a sib.
As time passes you'll see IF & WHEN you want to upgrade(?).
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Old 27 October 2002, 13:08   #4
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How about 400 ? have a look at this, there are a few to choose from.

http://www.nationwideboatsales.com/

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Old 27 October 2002, 14:18   #5
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Well where do I start.......

Bill has just got himself fixed up with an Avon SIB and a 8hp for about 550.00, secondhand of course.

I could fill this thread with reasons you should get a SIB, but here are a few.

1. Cost - reasonable (under 1,000.00 new)
2. Adaptable - you can snorkel from a SIB no problemo, Karen (Marine Biologist daughter) has done it in the Moray Firth.
3. Portable - Goes in the back of an estate car, can be launched just about anywhere.
4. No trailer needed
5. Loads of fun
6. Cheap to maintain
7. No marina fees
8. No complaints of blocking your drive
9. Cheap to run - hours and hours of boating on a small tank of fuel. Hours per litre, not litres per hour.

Quicksilver is 3.4m and takes 5 adults. Well yes it would, but if you want to go fast (up to 20 mph) and bounce around a bit, we are talking 3 persons. Its a bit like comparing driving a go-kart to driving a car.

It is cat C. Inshore up to 4-5 miles from land. Up to force 6, significant waveheight of 2m. Believe me the crew will give up first. We have been out in some 'fun' conditions. You get wet. Loads of spray. But they are VERY stable. They will not sink even if filled with water (I know from personal experience).

The max engine size for mine is 15hp. This is about the max size you would want to carry for a couple of hundred yards (sorry meters, you are a product of the metric age). Do not go for a much bigger engine, they will be dearer, bigger, heavier and harder to get in the back of the car.

SIBs are a good way to cut your boating teeth.

If you want to know more send me a PM and I will give you a call on the telephone.

At the moment I am about to get out my voodoo doll (yes, I really do have one, ask Bill) and I am going to christen it 'Matt'. Then I will stare at it and chant, "Buy a SIB, buy a SIB, buy a SIB".

Hope this helps.

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Old 27 October 2002, 16:23   #6
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Thanks for all the advice...

Definately going to get one, now it's just a case of waiting till I have the money, then deciding on a boat and outboard. I'll also definately keep an eye out for second hand boats and outboards. Had a quick look at the Quicksilver range of boats, look very nice indeed.

With any luck, I'll have myself a boat for the RIBnet mass meeting, if it's still on....

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Old 28 October 2002, 02:08   #7
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If you can get together a few hundred smackers you can then keep your eye out for a secondhand SIB. If you have folding money you are always in a strong bargaining position. Probably best to get the boat first. Then you will know what size engine to look for.

Here is a picture of the SIB (AVON) Bill got for 250.00. The engine was on loan from David Manning. 250.00! Where else could you buy that much fun for 250.00 (okay, okay, keep it clean folks)?

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Old 28 October 2002, 08:16   #8
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Well, today parents finally paid me the money they owed, so I'm now 200 better off, so I'm well on my way to getting myself a SIB now!
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Old 28 October 2002, 08:21   #9
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Now THIS is what I call an inflatable........http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/2367313.stm

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Old 28 October 2002, 08:25   #10
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Tiny SIB / RIB

Good for you, get out on the water however you can!

I have very limited use of tiny SIBs, tenders to yachts and taking core samples from lakes in Chile.
But tiny Ribs like the Avon 3.10 with a 9.9hp is a great package that I have used for safety. (Avon 3.45 & 15hp even better!)

OK not a SIB and not as compact, but amazing performance for size and can deal with Force 7 wind and sea state (easy on the throttle though at the top of the wave).

I don't recomend you go out in that sort of weather in one, we did as part of safety fleet, experianced instructor driving and 3 fast boats in sight. After 10 mins decided to tow it around instead.

If you can find a trailer (does not need to be a boat trailer) off you go.

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