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Old 31 October 2015, 19:22   #11
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Excellent! This is getting me hooked already, it does glide through the water at speed!
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Old 31 October 2015, 19:28   #12
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Just look back a page as I'd added a video of the Honwave 3.8 air floor.
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Old 01 November 2015, 02:01   #13
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I used to transport a SIB, engine, dive gear and one passenger using a Citroen AX, which was roughly the size of a Ka.

The hull was folded up and went on the roof rack. That particular SIB was about 11 or 12 feet long, so something like 3.5 metres. It was a good boat for 3 or 4 people and could take 3 of us on a reasonably calm sea with dive gear.

At various times, I have considered roof racking an inflated SIB and taken the measurements. For any SIB over "tiny tender with a slatted floor" size, I think it would be dangerous, bad for the boat and awful for your fuel consumption.

The idea of putting a RIB on the roof rack horrifies me. You would probably be stopped by the police for an unsafe load assuming you made it round the first mini roundabout without toppling over.

Assuming you are not going to change your car, a small SIB is your only realistic option, unless you go for the idea of keeping a bigger boat at a marina or in a lock up compound on the waterside.
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Old 01 November 2015, 03:51   #14
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The idea of putting a RIB on the roof rack horrifies me. You would probably be stopped by the police for an unsafe load assuming you made it round the first mini roundabout without toppling over.
Get the tubes pumped up hard and when it falls over it'll bounce back up ;-)
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Old 01 November 2015, 05:06   #15
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Get the tubes pumped up hard and when it falls over it'll bounce back up ;-)
Why buy a boat and a roof rack at all? It might be easier just to mount the outboard upside down on the rear bumper and flip the car over at the water's edge. As long as you keep the windows shut it should be OK, and the money saved could be spent on beer.
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Old 01 November 2015, 08:53   #16
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Avon do a rib with a fold down transom - that would assist in getting through the door.

One of the 1990's Avon 3.1m ribs might also suit - although pretty flat bottom and perhaps smaller than the OP wants.

The tidal Thames through London isn't somewhere I would advise a novice takes a small RIB or SIB. Ferocious tides. Speed limit. Lots of commercial traffic.
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Old 01 November 2015, 16:24   #17
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Thanks! I have bought a Bombard Aerotec 380 today, thank you for your expert advice. I am very pleased with it. Engine next.
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Hi thanks so much. I have gone for a SIB.
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A minor issue but you don't really want to pump it up with a cigarette lighter socket, you want more amps than that so either connect direct to battery or use a pump with battery built in. If you are inflating each use this will be quite important for your enjoyment.
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Old 01 November 2015, 16:37   #20
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>>> I have bought a Bombard Aerotec 380 today

Well done... red or grey.. new or used? Did it come with transom wheels? What size outboard are you after, 2 or 4 stroke?

After running an elec inflator off the car battery for years I bought a small "alarm" type battery which will just inflate a 380 twice on one charge... much improved over trying to get the car situated so the leads would reach the boat from the bonnet.
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