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Old 08 May 2014, 07:12   #21
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Ok, if I need a trailer it defeats the object! I was worried that an air deck could be damaged easily while fishing. If landing a fish and putting it On the deck
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Ok, if I need a trailer it defeats the object! I was worried that an air deck could be damaged easily while fishing. If landing a fish and putting it On the deck
If you preffer an air deck then to protect the deck you could cover it with thin sectional ply, old carpet, plastic or the like, I am sure it has been discussed on here (could be wrong though) just try a search.
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The airdecks are suprisingly tough, putting a piece of carpet or lino over it will make it even more hard wearing.

I dont fish,so cant comment on fish hooks, but I would think the tubes will damage easier than the airdeck.
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So the air deck is more durable? Is it just air? Like big tubes on the side. Any sib people recommend? Bombard zodiac?
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If you are thinking of the air bouncy squashy floor you got in the seaside dinghy as a kid, forget it. The air floors in good sibs are high pressure with a thick outer skin and a honeycomb of baffles inside. A properly inflated high quality air floor can be stood on between 2 chairs by an adult.

Bombard 380 is universally liked, Zodiac Futura also excellent but neither of these sibs are cheap. Honwaves are also good and cheaper but the V air floor is not quite as good as the Bombards (but its still good). Other makes to look out for are Suzumar, Yam and Quicksilver. There is also a huge choice of generic Chinese sibs for sale that are imported then branded over here, most of them are OK and can be as good as the Suzumar or Honwave but resale is much lower than the recognised branded makes.
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So the air deck is more durable? Is it just air? Like big tubes on the side. Any sib people recommend? Bombard zodiac?
With the greatest respect to you, in my opinion you would be far better off going to have a brouse round a few suppliers to checkout the varied and wide options available, it would better help your decision process, then if something "fits the bill" but you were still not 100% then you could ask about that specific make/model on here and google, then if happy Ebay is always worth a shot.

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I will be looking at weekend. I have a good friend who is main dealer for zodiac.
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I was worried that an air deck could be damaged easily while fishing. If landing a fish and putting it On the deck
I've been fishing from an airdeck for a year, was out today in fact, and never had a problem. As has been said many times, just swing the fish straight into a box, or a trug like I use.
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Bombard 380 inflatible Rib including Trailer and 25hp Selva Outboard engine | eBay


This is reputidly the best airdeck SIB there is? and this guy needs a quick sale ends tomorrow, you can always sell the trailer.

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Stray, what's a trug, that's awesome though! Pleased to hear it can be done. What's biggest a fish you have landed from it?
Air deck is way forward for me I feel. Aluminium bottom sounds good being firm but seems to bring with it increases set up time, increase chance of damage and 2 people needed
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