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Old 16 April 2013, 17:44   #1
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What boat to replace 2002 Futura?

I'm new to this forum but asking a question I'm sure has been asked before…what sib?

I had a Zodiac Futura 4.2m, c.2002 with 30hp 2 stroke. Some tosser nicked it so I'm now looking to replace it.

I liked the fact it was relatively light and launched on its own transom wheels. But it performed poorly in chop (as no hull V) and with a family of five (2 adults, 3 small kids) it twisted and the engine lost grip in the water frequently, even in moderate (less than 1 ft) chop. I think the air floor boats are brilliant on flat water (lakes and rivers), and when carrying one or two people only.

So looking for alu floor to take the power carrying more people (would like to be able to plane 5 adults up). And something with a V to do better in coastal conditions. That said I recognise the limitations of SIBS. Intend to keep it on a road trailer. Don't want a RIB as too heavy to launch on transom wheels.

Honda Honwaves seem good, so too the Sea Pro, Sea Search, Quicksilver etc. Any that stand out from the crowd? Or are they all generally decent?

Final question, any real advantage of 30hp engine over 25hp? Does the extra power come throughout the range, or just at the top end? Would like to tow kids on rings, wake boards etc so if I can find one, 2 stroke would be perfect.

Any thoughts gratefully received

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Hi if you are going to keep it on a trailer then I would defiantly be looking at a Rib over any of the sibs I have a BOMBARD AEROTECH 38O and it is great fun but the SR4 I have is so much better in any swell & my 6M Ribeye gets even better in the chop!
I can launch any of them on my own with out any bother. Unless you want to be able to pack it away then look at a Rib!
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Hi if you are going to keep it on a trailer then I would defiantly be looking at a Rib over any of the sibs I have a BOMBARD AEROTECH 38O and it is great fun but the SR4 I have is so much better in any swell & my 6M Ribeye gets even better in the chop!
I can launch any of them on my own with out any bother. Unless you want to be able to pack it away then look at a Rib!
The zodiac pro 4.2m can easily be fitted with launching wheels and launched like the futura if that is what you're looking for. I would suggest moving to a small rib because you are already going to be using a trailer
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Plainly in agreement with what have been stated, must add : after a rib, you won't like anymore a sib...

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dont think there are any deep v SIBS with ally floor, personally ally floors are a pain,, flat ally with no water drain, stay wet and remain slippery. Bombard aerotec way to go. it probably is the best SIB on the market
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dont think there are any deep v SIBS with ally floor, personally ally floors are a pain,, flat ally with no water drain, stay wet and remain slippery. Bombard aerotec way to go. it probably is the best SIB on the market
But surely that's way too small for planing with five adults? Remember he is moving from a futura which is a very capable 4.2m SIB. An aerotec would be a bit of a come down. Unless they come in larger sizes ~4.5m with 50hp?
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I Agree but there is nothing else that would be close.it would be the next best thing unless you can think of anything, Bombard 420 with 25-30hp if you can find one
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Thanks for the responses guys.

I agree a 4m RIB would be great, but do need to be able to pack it away. Also a bit expensive.

Aerotec 3.8 would be great, but would like a bit more space to carry the clobber that goes with family boat outings. A mate has the 4.2m version with 30hp and it rocks. But they're v rare, so doubt I'll find one.

Any boat around this size will be a compromise in some way. I reckon a Honwave 4m with 25hp 2 stroke (a dealer has just offered one for c.£3k, great condition, 2 yr old, trailer + launch wheels) will do a good job. Car toppable, pulls a kid on a wakeboard, tin floor will give me rigidity I felt was missing on the old Zodiac. Enough hull V to get through some chop.

If an Aerotec 3.8 comes up 2nd hand around my £3k budget I would be interested. But there don't seem to be that many of them, probably for a good reason - satisfied boaters don't want to sell them!

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I suspect you'll be rather disappointed with the "V" on any Sib. They don't go through chop anywhere near as well as a Rib - even a Rib with the same V.

Does it have to be packable or could you use a small trailer?
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Although a rib cuts water through chop or slight wavy conditions much better than a sib. Both will experiment severe water impacts that will be transfered to passengers if at speed, so it's not a good idea to run too fast if counting with passengers not seating on seats, pedestals or whatever, or will bump too much while riding feeling very unconfortable. (from experience)

If you or your passengers have solid kiddneys, back's in inmaculate condition, go for speed. The tiller driver is the only passenger in a sib/rib that will bump/rock the least, better throttle to achieve minimum plane (what comes inmediately after displacement speed) when riding on choppy seas, passengers will be eternally thankful, including yourself.

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