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Old 27 May 2013, 07:00   #11
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Ask yourself if you will be happy with the limitations of the slat floor over time. I'm thinking those are:
  • Have to mind where you step/sit. Maybe can't sit on the floor?
  • Poor tracking under tow
  • Poor planing performance

If OK with the above, then it's a nice wee SIB
Maybe inflatable cushion would suffice.

Not really thought about towing ?? mmm

I guess with a 3.5 4 stroke I won't be planing.
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I wonder if this one might be a better option than the Wetline, anyone got on of these ??

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Max motor 2.5hp? wouldnt trust it.


You could always go for something like a Seago 290, it gives you the option to go up in engine sze then to a 10hp if you really want to.

They don't sell for much on Ebay, I think I paid 200 for mine, as new, only inflated once.
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The worst investment is to buy a poor performance sib, if used for other purposes than as a tender, will bore you real soon, go for at least a 320 airmat, wooden or alum panel floor. A 3.5 Hp will move much better that size sib than smaller ones. Later can upgrade to a 9.8 or even a 15 HP.

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The worst investment is to buy a poor performance sib, if used for other purposes than as a tender, will bore you real soon, go for at least a 320 airmat, wooden or alum panel floor. A 3.5 Hp will move much better that size sib than smaller ones. Later can upgrade to a 9.8 or even a 15 HP.

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I would normally agree with you, bigger and faster are always best . But look at the price of the sib he is looking at, its crazy cheap. You could stick that back on Ebay next year if you get bored and get back the same , if not more than you paid for it. The Wetline also matches his existing engine really well, an air or hard deck is not going to improve performance any way.
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The worst investment is to buy a poor performance sib, if used for other purposes than as a tender, will bore you real soon, go for at least a 320 airmat, wooden or alum panel floor. A 3.5 Hp will move much better that size sib than smaller ones. Later can upgrade to a 9.8 or even a 15 HP.

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thanks Locozodiac but I dont really want to go to big as I will be taking it mostly with my rib.

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You could always go for something like a Seago 290, it gives you the option to go up in engine sze then to a 10hp if you really want to.

They don't sell for much on Ebay, I think I paid 200 for mine, as new, only inflated once.
Nos the largest one on Ebay is this 2.6 and the price looks good. What do you think ? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEAGO-2-6-...item19dce9a706
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I wonder if this one might be a better option than the Wetline, anyone got on of these ??

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Agree with Kerney, its a toy with tiny 31cm tubes. Stick with a brand, it works out better in the end.
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thanks Locozodiac but I dont really want to go to big as I will be taking it mostly with my rib.



Nos the largest one on Ebay is this 2.6 and the price looks good. What do you think ? SEAGO 2.6 METRE ECO INFLATABLE DINGHY 260 TENDER YACHT BOAT | eBay
Not the Eco-I did a fair bit of research and the Eco is lighter and very flimsy.
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Not the Eco-I did a fair bit of research and the Eco is lighter and very flimsy.
Blimey!! this is harder than I thought getting a SIB

So that leaves me back to option one the "Wetline"... its a 2.6 and rated to 5.9 hp. Just want it for pottering around and fishing, for that price would you go for it ?
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Yes, but I'd look for an airfloor.
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