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Old 12 July 2011, 08:10   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
Make: Zodiac Fastroller
Length: 3m +
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Transom on a Quicksilver 380HD

Hi Guys, New to this forum

I'm looking to buy a SIB and have seen 2 Quicksilver SIB's, I think there both the same same but ones a 380 HD and the other is shown as a XD 380. Can anyone tell me if the transom on these are marine ply or fibreglass.

Which is better, marine ply or fibreglass. Looking to tow a ringo

I'm new to this so I'm open to advice on which boats to buy but the Quicksilver seem good. I've also seen a 3.4m Airdeck on Fleebay

What are Prowave like???

Any help would be appreciated

I'm looking for a boat to play around with and to fish from.

Should I go for a V airdeck or aluminium flood



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Old 12 July 2011, 08:23   #2
Country: UK - England
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Boat name: Bombard, Y-162
Make: Aerotec 380, Y-Class
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Hi Steven, welcome to the forum. Worth a search on the SIB forum as there are loads of topics with advice on 'which boat' etc. If towing a Ringo I think a 20HP would be the satisfactory minimum but maybe 15HP if it's a lightweight little one in it.

That really means a 3.8 or 4m with the 20hp and a 3.4+ with the 15hp. Almost all SIB transoms are ply, most simply painted, some ABS covered etc - does not affect the strength or suitability for towing a Ringo - all will be fine.

All comes down to how you plan to launch, trailer or inflate each time? How many people (in the boat and to carry and launch), etc.

Prowave are one of the many Chinese Ribs, similar thoughts here:

WETLINE any good?

I would stick with a well known Euro make (for quality, residual value etc) - there are so many bargains secondhand around at present as per the link above. Check eBay each day. These are a few varied sizes that just came on in the last 24 hrs:

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Old 12 July 2011, 09:41   #3
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I have have a few SIB's and currently have a Quicksilver 340 fishing that come with twin padded seats and a rod holder plus a strap all the way along the floor for tying boxes down, although I tend not to fish when I have it has worked well Quicksilver would be high on my list and a fastroller 360
With a Suzuki DT15 4 stroke engine as I find it real easy to handle it seems to have been designed for humping about

The only picture I kind of have of the entire boat is when I set it up a couple of months ago in my living room while the wife was out had a few Quicksilvers before this Air deck 310 Air Deck 300 and 2 Zodics Series

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Old 14 July 2011, 13:55   #4
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Hi mate.

I know the Prowaves are not very well known but ive had 2 of them and both have been great.

I was drawn to them buy the included accessories which you will probably buy anyway, especially the launch wheels.

Good luck with your search.
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