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Old 17 June 2016, 10:56   #11
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Thats a serious inflatable there Max... Can I ask what hypalon Zodiacs you referred to earlier
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Like the Avons they would be older models (classic wooden floor era).
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Upgrading from an Aerotec 380?

Chris,
If you need to go big, and don't mind the weight and assembly perhaps consider the Honwave T40-AE. Loads of room, alloy floor/no tabs, takes up to 30hp and all for under 1000
Bigger budget, less weight, flat deck, simple quick assembly and three times the price....F-rib 375.
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Hi Poly - The area I launch from mostly are tidal and the channel dries up. Can only launch and recover hard boats 2 hours either side of high water. At least with a sib I can launch any state of the tide so more fishing time and also at times have access to a quad bike and can easily launch and recover from the beach that way, no way can we pull a hard boat up the beach with a quad.
I guess that depends on the hardboat (and quad). A big sib might be heavier than you think... Aluminium boats are surprisingly light.
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Chris the hard floor Honwaves don't have the trim tabs and having owned a 3.5m version would say the 4m should suit all your needs. If you are comparing like for like new you can buy three Honwaves for the price of a Zodiac Classic... and there are a few question marks at the moment over the quality of post-buyout Zodiacs as supplied in the UK.

As Chipko says the T40AE deserves serious consideration.
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How about accepting that you need a trailer and going for a lightweight 4m aluminium RIB from Ribeye or Highfield?

I reckon you could still launch these with transom wheels, or alternatively go for a combi trailer like the dinghy sailors use and hand launch off a trolley.
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Poly, the quad pulling power is not the issue but its steep soft sand, just about get a smaller orkney up. If I go hard boat I want 16ft at least and no way that will pull it up and also dont want to rely on that means. With a hard boat high free board is a must as lure fishing we like to stand. With inflatables the tubes have so much stability compared to much bigger hard boat hence I am toying with the idea of a bigger inflatable. We also mostly go for the weekend so only setting up etc once for two days of fun, but valid points, thanks.

Fenlander - I will have a serious look at the 4m Honwave, sounds like a good option money wise and no trim tabs. How would you compare performance over the zodiac, sorry havent been on a honwave so have no experience on them.
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John, a small rib will be ideal if transom steered, console take too much space. What sort of weight are we talking on a small rib?
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John, a small rib will be ideal if transom steered, console take too much space. What sort of weight are we talking on a small rib?
What about something like the Whaly 435 then (I've never seen one in person)? (I'm discounting the Funyak 390 as being not much of an upgrade size wise - although its "side seats" might seem to give more room). RIB/SIB like stability. RIBlike handling/performance. 100% hook proof.

If its all about weight then the Ribeye TS400 will take some beating, for an actual RIB (76kg boat only).
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>>>Fenlander - I will have a serious look at the 4m Honwave, sounds like a good option money wise and no trim tabs. How would you compare performance over the zodiac, sorry havent been on a honwave so have no experience on them.


Chris I can't give you a side by side comparison but from my experience and what others say you can broadly divide the performance/handling/abilities of SIBs into groups.

V floor such as Aerotec & Honwave air floor.

Futura with speed tubes.

Flat air floor models with inflatable keels.

Hard floor with inflatable keels.

Soft or slat floor tenders with no keel.

Within each group the different makes/models have very similar characteristics so I'd expect the Zodiac Classic and Honwave alloy floor models to be little different... with engine size, load carried and sea state being bigger influences than any small differences in design.
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