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Old 09 February 2018, 23:47   #1
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Sold the rib and bought a sib

I've recently moved away from the big water in Yellowknife and to the dry lands of Calgary. I just sold the Zodiac Hurricane H440 rib and today bought a nice used Bombard Aerotec 380. I'll see how it does this coming summer.

Between the lack of use for a rib here in Alberta and the problem of storing a boat on a trailer the rib need to go.

I'm going to try it with my 15hp evinrude 2 stroke to start with but will keep an eye out for a nice 25hp.

Any tips on the use and setup of an Aerotec 380, I've never even seen one in person before today. There don't seem to be many of them in Western Canada. I'm hoping it is at least as useful as my old Zodiac mkII and Bombard C3.
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Old 10 February 2018, 04:56   #2
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Congratulations - loads of topics on this sort of thing - will link a couple below that include lots of set up info, rigging, transom splashing cures etc, many Aerotec fans you'll find here!

Bombard Aerotec ready for the maiden voyage (b@stard son of a Y Class)

Rigging an Aerotec
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Old 10 February 2018, 06:36   #3
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HD if storage is a problem then the Aerotec will still provide some fun on the water so a good choice. It will be fine with the 15hp if your crew/kit is modest but if you carry more weight then moving up to a 25hp will improve things a lot.

Some more threads that might be of interest...

Aerotec routine maintenance.

Old used Aerotec impressions.

An Aerotec in Scotland 2016

Aerotec transom splash issue.
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Old 12 February 2018, 15:10   #4
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Thanks guys, I'm found short shaft 1997 OMC 30hp that I might pickup. Same weight as the 25hp so it should be fine on the 380. Listed as 115 lbs, the 15hp is about 80lbs.
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Old 12 February 2018, 15:20   #5
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Zodiac/Bombard/Avon here in the Americas doesn't import them because they don't believe the V-profile floor will be popular here. The Americas market tends to prefer flat floors.
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Old 13 February 2018, 03:44   #6
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It will fly with the 30 (literally if you're not careful!) - some people on here have found the 25 a bit of a handful one up. See how you go with the 15 as the bigger engine brings a heck of a lot more weight and only a few kts more.
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