Originally Posted by rugrat
remember we are talking about ENGLISH pounds.
i could get a perfectly adequate sib for below 1k.
anyway, the main reason for wanting to convert to a sib is accessability.
i live in a small house with no space to keep a rib, at the moment its sitting on its mooring with a buggered engine which i can do nothing about.
i just want something to stick on the roofrack that i can keep in my shed.
also the searider is bl**dy thirsty! like codprawn said his honda uses less than his strimmer, even if it is the wrong engine!
also twitchy stearing, feeling like its going 100mph.....its a boat not an armchair!
thanks for the replies.
I didn't mean to be offensive about the 1k comment. Currently 1000 British pounds = $ 2126.89 CAN. The SIB market in Britain may be very different than in Canada, but here, any SIBs that sell new for under $ 2200 are extremely flimsy and use suspect fabric. This is why I believe you can get more bang for your buck if you can snag a higher end used one if it is in good condition.
I understand the accessability and storage isssues completely which is why I am a big SIB fan. There are alot of lakes (some very large ones) here in Manitoba that you can only access by foot or possibly with a 4x4 where there is absolutely no way to pull a boat trailer through. With a SIB you can attach launching wheels (sturdy ones) and pull it over short portage trails, or with longer portage trails (over a mile), fold it up and throw it on a hand-pull cart.
Furthermore a well built SIB is every bit as rugged as a quality RIB, of course it wont be nearly as comfortable in choppy conditions, but is capable nonetheless. Additionally, a well built SIB will be typically have a higher payload rating than a RIB of the same length.
My poor 30 year old hypalon zodiac mark I (11') finally gave up the ghost this summer after alot of abuse. The first 10 years as an RCMP boat, the last 20 from myself. Tough little boat but way too small for 2 people with gear to be anything close to comfortable
I have since ordered a Gemini Dive 470 (a bigger version of the surf 420 - which is basically a round nosed zapcat) made from Orca 866 fabric (1670 dtx hypalon) and I expect this boat will outlast me. I test drove one this summer and the the tunnel hull design on these boats give an amazing advantage in ride over the traditional inflatable V keel design. It won't be ready for a while yet. This boat will have room for an ATV and gear.
Last week I bought a 1982 Zodiac Grand Raid Mark II (13'9" 940 dtx hypalon) on ebay which apparently is in very good condition (hasn't arrived yet) for $ 925 CAN (+ $ 200 for shipping from Vancouver to Winnipeg). I should have posession of it later this week. I'll be using a 25 hp merc 2 stroke with it (same motor I used with the Mark I) which will fly with light loads.
I'm sure that you'll find the 15 hp will work great with a SIB under 14' if the loads are reasonably light. Good luck with your search & please post up what you come up with.