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Old 28 August 2014, 07:05   #1
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Time for a upgrade

What started as a joke with a friend, now as became my main hobby and the illness started to spread deep into my brain.

I've got my Suzumar 320 for some months now and it's become clear that it's too small for me. I'm focusing more and more on my spearfishing instead of angling and while my suzumar can take 3 anglers comfortably no problem, things are very very different when we have to pack floats, spearguns and flippers.

So let's start with the outboard. I'm aiming at 25 hp which is the max I can own without having to pay annual circulation tax. And I'm guessing 2 stroke as they are so much lighter and cheaper, also easier to run.

Now the boat: is it worth considering a rib? I'm only taking the boat out if the diving conditions are good and that means small waves and low speed wind. Plus with wetwuits on we can't really get wet and uncomfortable.

Right now I'm leaning towards a 2005 quicksilver 380 HD with a Yamaha 25 hp 2 stroke. It ticks all the boxes except the alu floor:
-It's big enough for 3-4 guys
-Got front handles
-Paddles are inside
-It's heavy duty
-It's red
-The price is really really good

What other boats/engines should I consider? Keep in mind that I can't get my hands on a Aerotec in Portugal.
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Old 28 August 2014, 08:32   #2
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What about a Valiant DR 400 rib with 25 hp tiller
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Old 28 August 2014, 08:45   #3
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My godfather had a valiant and it was indeed a great boat. We used it for spearfishing and it had a lot of space, but it was more than 6 meters long.

I'm afraid a 4 meter rib with central console would get easily crowded.
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Old 28 August 2014, 10:29   #4
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Aerotec would be too small for what you want as it is very narrow!
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Old 31 August 2014, 10:32   #5
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The deal I had lined up to sell my sib was a bust so I'll have to wait some more time before I have all the money to invest.

Meanwhile I am looking towards other possible investments and I would like some help from you guys. I'm looking for a heavy duty type sib with the following characteristics:

-Can take ate least 3 guys + spearfishing equipment
-Can be carriable by 3 guys
-Has front handles
-Paddles stored inside
-Alu floor
-It would be nice if it was red

Other than the Mercury/Quicksilver heavy duty what other boats have these characteristics?

Are the Seapros HD worth taking a look or are they rubbish?
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