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.
Keith (watch out there's MORE SIBs about) Hart