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Old 19 May 2008, 11:16   #21
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Personally I would buy a Corribee sailing boat or an old displacement fishing boat.
Yeah, those fit the guys brief. Why not a Corracle?
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Old 19 May 2008, 12:13   #22
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couple of nice SIBs going through at the moment
Good finds. Any of those look like they could fit the bill.

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Old 19 May 2008, 12:33   #23
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Yeah, those fit the guys brief. Why not a Corracle?
I had one but it kept going around in circles!!!
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Old 19 May 2008, 13:02   #24
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I had one but it kept going around in circles!!!

Try giving the trim-tab an oik on the Suzy, that might help.
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Old 19 May 2008, 14:15   #25
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couple of nice SIBs going through at the moment

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Zodiac-3-8m-in...d=p3286.c0.m14

and

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Quicksilver-38...d=p3286.c0.m14

bang on the money with cash to spare i should think

or if your brave enough

how about a Zap cat style

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F178938

you should be able to pick up a avon 400/bombard 420 aerotec/zodiac pro7 6-8 years old for that sort of money

i only paid 3.5k for my first RIB which was a Avon 400 adventure with a 30hp yam 2 stoke all on an indispension trailer and i got 5k for it when i part ex'ed it in 2 years later for the Zodiac

Andy

I'm familiar with all 3 of the boats listed above. The engineering and construction of Gemini GRX 4.2 is vastly superior to that of the zodiac and quicksilver. Its things that normally would not occur to someone new to SIBs, but become apparent once they've had to do alot of maintenance and repairs (and then maintaining those repairs). The various layers and reinforcements that go into the transom/fabric interface of the Gemini Surf GRX are amazing. The hull design of the GRX is also alot more efficient.
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Old 24 May 2008, 02:19   #26
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I am thinking of buying a RIB or maybe a speedboat. If i do i only have maybe 3k to play with.

1). What sort of training or qualifications do you need in order to go out to sea?
2). Can you go out solo to sea, or do you have to make sure at least 2 of you?
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4). Do you think a RIB is better choice than a speed boat?
5). What sort of cost is insurance?

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I have to say I am pretty new to this game but last year I bought a Bombard 380 Aerotec complete with everything (15Hp, Trailer, Anchor, Flares etc) for less than 3K (have a look on ebay there will be lots of similar)

I had no formal tuition but used loads of common sense.

Had the best family holiday ever down in Swanage took the boat out every day (just about). Tried my hand a fishing (hopeless).

I bought the boat at a price that meant if I didn't really get much fun out of it I coudl sell it on.

I had loads of fun, part of the fun is learning !

Clearly stayed withing site of land at all times, bought decent boyancy aid jacket things, took spare fuel and 2 mobiles (one in a waterproof bag).

Also bought a big waterproof duffle back to stick dry warm clothes in....

I have now uprgade to a bigger boat, cannot wait to get it on the water again. Selling the "learner boat" on ebay and can honestly say that I have really had a load fun getting into this activity

Loads more to learn and I am almost certin to go on a 2 day lever 2 course.

Rib net has been a tremendous source of help throughout....
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5). What sort of cost is insurance?

About 2% of the boats value per year
that may be true - but for the sort of budget ikleric is planning to spend it may be ambitious. Mine is more like 5% of a boat in the sort of range that he is interested in (thats for a fairly comprehensive policy).
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it looks like i'm probably going to go for a fletcher speed boat with something like a 75hp. I thought about the SIBs but i want something a bit quicker, i would have gone for a proper RIB but can't afford one yet. Now the fletcher speed boats are around 16ft, are these ok for going up and coasts. Are they safe enough in the sea?
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it looks like i'm probably going to go for a fletcher speed boat with something like a 75hp. I thought about the SIBs but i want something a bit quicker, i would have gone for a proper RIB but can't afford one yet. Now the fletcher speed boats are around 16ft, are these ok for going up and coasts. Are they safe enough in the sea?
ickleric - if I were you I would start off by keeping your money (or most of it) in your pocket for now and find yourself a friendly training centre. book on a Powerboat Level 2 course (cost probably about 200?). You will then have the skills to handle the boat - but more importantly you will get a feel for what you might want to do with the boat. And these sort of discussions can be had with the instructor(s) on the course.

Bear in mind that 20 knots in a small boat feels a lot faster than 30 knots in a bigger boat - so if its sensation of speed (rather than simply time from A-B) you want then a small(er) boat & engine may not be as "sedate" as you think.
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it looks like i'm probably going to go for a fletcher speed boat with something like a 75hp. I thought about the SIBs but i want something a bit quicker, i would have gone for a proper RIB but can't afford one yet. Now the fletcher speed boats are around 16ft, are these ok for going up and coasts. Are they safe enough in the sea?
Yes they are great as long as you don't go too far out. A mate of mine had a little 13' for years - swopped it for a laptop. He had great fun it it as did his 3 kids.

I had my first speedboat when I was 10 - me and my 7yr old brother often took it out on our own - great fun - wonder what the Nannies would think of that - no lifejackets either!!!
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