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Old 17 February 2012, 07:12   #1
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Country: UK - England
Town: basingstoke
Boat name: loonasea
Make: picton
Length: 6m +
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slat floor

will a small 2.00-2.70 slat floor inflatable plane with the right outboard?

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Old 17 February 2012, 12:53   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Blakeney
Boat name: Lindy
Make: Avon
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Engine: Tohatsu 9.8
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Slat Floor.

Possibly, but only if you are very light. Small Sibs sit lower in the water for a given weight than a bigger one, so need plenty of power to lift up onto the step, so to speak. Slat floors are generally fairly lightly built an so tend to flex with power and a bulge of water builds up under the stern, and slows the whole thing down.

Having said that, I had great fun with a floppy floored Avon Redcrest: I would put an oar stem to stern under the wooden floor to stiffen things up, and it would plane happily one up on 3.5 hp.

You really can't beat a rigid floor in a sib, preferably with an inflatable keel underneath it.

However, it's worth playing around with the little slatty. You never know.........

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Old 18 February 2012, 03:33   #3
Country: UK - England
Town: gravesend
Boat name: curach/Earl
Make: seago/Lifeguard 4M
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Engine: 3.3 marinar/10 hp
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Got a slatted floor with my seago ,i made some more slats up to make it a full deck,then some heavy anti slip mat on,3.3hp she wont plane,lol,but seems more sturdy,the antislip floor has added a whole lot of weight,and dont know if it would plane on its max engine size 6hp?hope this helps.
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Old 20 February 2012, 12:25   #4
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My 2.85m Zodiac (solid floor, air keel) would plane easily with one person on board, using my Mariner 6hp engine.
It would also plane with two of us on it, achieving 14mph, but not with three.
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