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Old 04 August 2014, 19:57   #21
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capnjack - yeah, i get it. i just don't that cash flow at the moment. but good to hear bigger/heavier is better. thanks

bigtalljv - a rib and a place to put it is ideal. maybe in a few years. this will have to do for now
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Old 05 August 2014, 10:18   #22
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I have the Zodiac Futura 4.2 mtr with a new Mariner 20hp 4 stroke, when it is calm, the boat flies and a real pleasure, when it is choppy I get a sore ass, the people at the front of the boat have more of a sore backside than me, but saying that when I open her up across the waves it depends if I land on the other side of the wave, if I do, its a nice smooth feeling or if I hit the wave front on that can be a bit uncomfortable, and if I ride the waves, its a great feeling, the 20hp I found was man enough to fight the currents etc no problem,
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Old 05 August 2014, 11:13   #23
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I'd look into trying to store a rib. "LA" is a big place, look for storage away from the water? A buddies house? his folks?
I was thinking more along the lines of RV storage yards and the like. Don't know what they run (I have room for my boat on the side of the house), but I can't see them being more than about $60-100/month. Could be wrong though, and I know LA could be pricier.

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Old 06 August 2014, 11:02   #24
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I have the Zodiac Futura 4.2 mtr with a new Mariner 20hp 4 stroke, when it is calm, the boat flies and a real pleasure, when it is choppy I get a sore ass, the people at the front of the boat have more of a sore backside than me, but saying that when I open her up across the waves it depends if I land on the other side of the wave, if I do, its a nice smooth feeling or if I hit the wave front on that can be a bit uncomfortable, and if I ride the waves, its a great feeling, the 20hp I found was man enough to fight the currents etc no problem,
I went to the dealer yesterday and the MK2 Futura and 20hp motor are definitely the right size for me.

The question is Fastroller or HD/Aluminum floor...

The dealer said the aluminum floor gives much better performance than the FR because it won't flex, and the extra weight makes it more seaworthy. My concern is that 20 hp is the minimum recommended power for the HD (but the maximum for the FR).

Shaun2020 - do you have a Fastroller or aluminum floor?

How does the 20hp do with two people and some gear? How fast? Will it plane easily??
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Old 06 August 2014, 11:03   #25
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I was thinking more along the lines of RV storage yards and the like. Don't know what they run (I have room for my boat on the side of the house), but I can't see them being more than about $60-100/month. Could be wrong though, and I know LA could be pricier.

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interesting. i hadn't thought of that. i will look into it. thanks!
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Old 06 August 2014, 11:19   #26
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I went to the dealer yesterday and the MK2 Futura and 20hp motor are definitely the right size for me.

The question is Fastroller or HD/Aluminum floor...

The dealer said the aluminum floor gives much better performance than the FR because it won't flex, and the extra weight makes it more seaworthy. My concern is that 20 hp is the minimum recommended power for the HD (but the maximum for the FR).

Shaun2020 - do you have a Fastroller or aluminum floor?

How does the 20hp do with two people and some gear? How fast? Will it plane easily??
I used to run the HD MKV 5.85 heavy duty version Ali Floor with a 30 HP was fine 2/3 up slow 12 up though so 20 hp on smaller version would be OK,
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Old 06 August 2014, 11:30   #27
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interesting. i hadn't thought of that. i will look into it. thanks!
You'll need a good (cable lockable?) cover to keep debris and the odd prying eyes out, and remove all electronics/other valuables before leaving. Also get in the habit of partially deflating each time (won't over-pressurize on hot days, and less of a temptation for others to "pop the balloon".)

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Old 06 August 2014, 12:56   #28
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Hi Shafe..

I agree with the others.. the longer / larger the boat is.. in general.. the more seaworthy it wil be.

I do two or three 10 mile open sea crossings a year in my SIB.. and have no concerns doing it assuming the weather forcast is predictable. My SIB is a 4.3m Quicksilver... with the full wooden panel floor. Weight helps stabilize it in a chop..so I have a heavy rubber mat on top of the floor..plus all the various boxes and anchors etc to add weight as I travel alone.

Its powered by a 25Hp two stoke and I seldom have it at full chat..it planes easily and very quickly. Cruises at ½ to ¾ throttle.

Another thing to consider if doing long open sea crossings..in remote areas like the west of Scotland is.. what will you do if your engine breaks down/ slips a prop/ hits submerged log or rock etc ? It will happen sooner or later so be prepared for it. I consider the auxiliary engine as a vital part of my boat’s “seaworthiness “ ..and not just how well the boat handles waves. I like to be totally independent.. hence my reason for the aux engine...and why I feel comfortable doing these exposed crossings. If you travel in company of other boats..it is not so important.

I would never swap my set up for an aerotec 380, but I also know that I would not use my setup without a trailer. A wooden or aluminium floor SIB in the 4 meter size is a pain to set up from scratch ..it is also very bulky.. and weighs over 110kg for boat and floor alone.

The reason I don’t use a Rib of comparable size is.. cost..weight for launch and retrieval on my own .. bigger engine required for same performance etc.

Just my twopence worth

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The question is Fastroller or HD/Aluminum floor...

If you're packing it away every time then I would choose the air floor every time.

If you find a way to leave it on a trailer then the ali floor.

The air floor may not perform quite as well as the hard floor but you will use the boat more!
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Totally agree on the ali floor being a pain to setup. If you don't have it on a trailer and have to set it up every time go with the inflatable floor. You will bounce around and flex more on the water. But your "out of the water" performance will be vastly better not having to deal with the floorboards.
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