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Old 12 September 2011, 13:42   #1
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What size engine for little SIB?

My wive has got it into her head to buy a little inflatable boat with engine, just for going for a poodle down the river, and maybe along the coast a bit.

Looking for something that we can deflate and put in the back of the car, so something less than 3m would be ideal.

In an ideal world, would like something that we could launch on the beach, somewhere like Cowes seafront, but then poodle just into the harbour and down the river.

My question, is that considering the tide can run at quite a rate into and out of the river mouth, what size engine would be required, to make sure we can go faster than the tide, whatever the tide state?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12 September 2011, 14:10   #2
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Look no further

I have the complete package available (currently listed in the ribs section, I'll bump it to the front for you) being a Yam 330s inflatable with serviced 15hp Outboard. I can supply with or without the trailer (makes life so much easier at the slipway). Comes with carry bags etc. Holds air great and will always hold it's current value should you decide to upgrade.

I'll offer a very good discount to a Ribnet member. I have it up for 1,495 elsewhere. How does 1,000 sound without the trailer or 1200 with it ? It's up for 1,350 on here as it is!

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Old 12 September 2011, 14:57   #3
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Not sure on what engine but there is one hell of a current that runs past the harbour.
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Old 12 September 2011, 16:29   #4
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Thanks for the offer Boats&Outboards but I was looking for something a little smaller and easier to transport. More of a tender than a proper rib. (Perfectly happy with my 6.5m for other uses).
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Old 12 September 2011, 18:00   #5
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Bit of relevant info here.

I've had a lot of fun with mine - big enough for two and some kit, it zooms along in calm water. A F3 is wet but safe, F4 is getting to be a handful. It would be fine on rivers and estuaries.

I think that the older Yamaha 8hp 2T motors would be ok too.

It's a compact package and the engine is a one hand carry.
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Old 15 September 2011, 16:55   #6
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Thanks for the info, gives me some more ideas.
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