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Old 03 November 2015, 15:53   #31
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Best thing you can do with that Johnson is use it as a permanent anchor ...
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Old 03 November 2015, 15:54   #32
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Poly - thank you for the advice. I will look for YAM older or the lighter make you suggested or Eventide is it, that is lighter?
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Old 03 November 2015, 15:56   #33
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thanks, I haven't got an anchor, would I need one for a SIB?
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Old 03 November 2015, 16:18   #34
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Poly - thank you for the advice. I will look for YAM older or the lighter make you suggested or Eventide is it, that is lighter?

It was probably tohatsu I mentioned (marine branch of Nissan). It doesn't need to be a yam, mariner etc are all good too.


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thanks, I haven't got an anchor, would I need one for a SIB?
Yes. In fact let me be clearer about that YES. There is a thread here for what you might want in a sib (written by willk) and a beginners guide (written by nos4r2). I strongly recommend you read both. A sib has no handbrake, so if the engine fails (a not impossible situation with old engines) you will be going wherever the wind / tide decide without an anchor.
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Old 03 November 2015, 19:11   #35
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...25 yrs old - it will all be about condition, I might be being biased but I'd rather have an old yam than an old Johnson.
At 25 yrs old, a Johnson is generally in peak condition. Any older and it may be better with four strokes, rather than two.

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Old 03 November 2015, 19:45   #36
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It makes absolutely no sense to transport a RIB on a roof. You will limit yourself to always needing a second person to load and unload. 180 pounds is to much to handle sure you might do it once or twice but in the end it will most likely end up sitting in the garage collecting dust because it's to much of a PIA to transport. I would buy an SIB with an air floor. Set up time is less than 10 mins with a bravo electric pump. Best part is you can do it all by yourself. Otherwise just bite the bullet on a trailer and rent a storage.
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Just saw you bought a bombard. Wise choice congrats. Post some pics when you have a chance. I also really reccomend the launch wheels sold from defender.com
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Old 04 November 2015, 19:24   #38
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Thank I have jut bought the SIB Aerotec 380
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Hi, thanks will do pictures once I get an outboard and on the water! I have some launch wheels with it for now.
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Someone with some more experience ought to mention that the Thames happens to have VERY strong currents and loads of traffic , not ideal for a beginner and not ideal for a small SIB/RIB. Doable, but not ideal, perhaps even dangerous.
Also check regs/docs required with your friendly water police, I'm sure you'll get to meet them one way or another
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