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Old 21 September 2014, 16:57   #1
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What SIB / outboard combination are you using?

Theres always a lot of chat on here about what SIB or outboard to buy, but what about once you've brought your SIB?

What SIB / Outboard combination are you running and does it meet your requirements or is there things now looking back that you would change or intend to change?

Just be nice to get feedback from people that were asking that very question on what SIB or outboard!
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Old 21 September 2014, 18:04   #2
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Blah , blah, blah...Aerotec, Mercury/Mariner 15 2 stroke. Had many various SIBs and engines but this is the dream combo in SIB-world as far as I'm concerned...blah, blah, stuck record....see sticky above...blah...best compromise, lightweight, fast, economical, easy to carry, launch, inflate, store, lift, sea worthy, safe, handling...blah, blah. Blah...!
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Old 21 September 2014, 18:24   #3
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I have an excel SL260 (lightweight) inflatable with a Vector 4 stroke 5hp outboard with 12L external tank. Great combination for me for inshore fishing and running about and I am about to take delivery of a Torqeedo 1300S electric motor for inland waters, inshore backup and fishing on lakes or lochs where noisy petrol engines are not allowed. As with previous post easy to pack away and store in small garage on motorhome, easy to inflate and economical.
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Old 21 September 2014, 18:26   #4
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Yeah i have already read the sticky thread. Just interested to see if people have wished they done something differently.
You say you have had many SIBS and you found the aerotec and 15hp the best combination, but what made you decide to change. Was it just a case of upgrading or fancied a change or maybe you thought you wish you had done something different?
I take it if you was starting over again you would go straight for your current combo etc.
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Old 21 September 2014, 18:31   #5
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Have you read the sticky?? See my review and thoughts in there, link to bombard review on page 2 IIRC.
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Old 21 September 2014, 18:52   #6
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Yeah i read it before i started this thread. Only a couple of people said what setups they were using. Most people you talk to are happy with what theyve got, however everyones needs and preferences are different.
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Old 21 September 2014, 19:06   #7
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I think it can be a constant meandering path.

I started out with a Seagull then a 3.5hp on my first SIB for river pottering then moved up to a 9.8 Tohatsu when we took it on the sea. That was great fun with 2 or 2.5 people but fell off the plane with 4 so we went for a 15hp. Great fun and reliable 4-up performance. Then a couple of the crew jumped ship so I decided to downshift to a 4hp (and smaller SIB) for river and estuary pottering. Soon missed the performance so decided 8hp was a better compromise for just me mucking about and better displacement performance with my remaining crew member. Having not immediately found an 8hp to buy in a fit of madness I came within a few pounds of winning an outfit with a 25hp which we'd convinced ourselves we could manage on a trolley and thought it would be huge fun. And finally just today we picked up another outfit with a 15hp which is probably more sensible... and back where we were last year..

Next year who knows what hp will be on the back but there's no doubt it will be supported by logical decisions of the moment.
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Old 22 September 2014, 01:35   #8
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For a SIB, my 4.2 meter Zodiac Sport Futura MKII HD, with a 40hp 2 stroke, does very well for scuba diving. I can beach launch at numerous places. It has hoist launch capability for a couple of our rougher coastal areas. It will haul six people even with dive gear packed in (four divers works great). Now I would be really happy if it grew-up into a larger RIB with a 4 stroke.
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Old 22 September 2014, 04:05   #9
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I am on my 6th sib over 30 odd years. I have had round transom puddle jumpers with a seagull outboard up to a Zodiac Yatchline rib with a 40hp outboard but I confess a 3.20 - 3.40 does everything I want and in most cases I stick to a 15hp which I find to be a great all round combination. It is also true to say that I usually have a 3.5 - 5hp engine as well because I don't always need the 15 and am in the process of looking for a little engine at present.
I always have a 2 stroke because of the weight advantage, I am an aging ole tart and gone are the days when I could carry a 15 on my shoulder so every set up has to be easy to move on land. To this end I think launching wheel choice is quite important to get the best handling of the complete boat.
At present I am running a Excel SD330 air floor which is a breath of fresh air to put together unlike aluminium floors when the weather is cold and you have wet cold hands but would I have another---------------no. Don't get me wrong, these craft are nice to use and very compact added to that, the Excel is a well made craft so why would I not have another. Well, in all these years of owning a sib, I have never had a flat air floor before and was not aware of the critical need for pressure to be maintained to get optimum performance or cavitation / ventilation can be a problem which is something I suffer with now at higher speed. I think perhaps if I were to use a smaller engine it would not be the issue I have now.
I digress.
I WILL get one of the folding ribs, F-Rib or Winboat at some stage because they offer me a fold away boat with a rigid floor but the speed of an airfloor to set up and take down and stick with a 15 and a 3.5hp engines so that would be my ideal package.

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Old 22 September 2014, 05:07   #10
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It is always a compromise. Number and weight of crew, foldable size, size in a car weight of boat and weight of engine (plus condition of your back).
If I go only with my wife I do prefer BOMBARD AEROTEC plus HONDA BF20 or any other lighter engine. If I go to Greece by car and I have limited space I made some strange "family SIB" based on HONWAVE T38. For family 2+3:


My dream SIB was also ZODIAC FUTURA Fastroller but it is too big when folded (140cm) plus some people rated it as perfect SIB but not for choppy water plus family cruise.
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