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Old 18 October 2015, 16:58   #21
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Whilst I would love a rib, my sib is best option for me! It fits in the garage on a trailer during the summer months ready for the day trips but can folded and transported in the caravan when required. Click image for larger version

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Old 18 October 2015, 17:00   #22
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If you're going down that line, would something your existing aux would push not make for a quick cheap experiment?
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Old 18 October 2015, 17:14   #23
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I had the 3m suzumar, useless with my LS aux, too small to be bothering with.

If I get a 4m I would probably get a LS 15 for it and just use that as my aux too......food for thought though and one I have been considering.
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Old 18 October 2015, 18:02   #24
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I normally launch at a marina if that is what you mean?
I meant how about keeping it afloat so that you had instant use with zero hassle for those spur of the moment trips. I like your thinking about getting a sib, but Im not convinced it's going to address the convenience issue.
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Old 18 October 2015, 18:25   #25
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Afloat is not a realistic option for me for a few reasons, namely but not limited to-

1. It is 1500 quid for the boating season afloat. I don't mind paying for fun but........

2. Anti foul.....no thanks, been there etc.

3. I don't miss the sleepness nights in bad weather when I know my boat is safe in its shed.

As I said, I don't NEED a sib but I want one to at least have a go. If it doesn't work out I won't lose money in all probability.

But I will not buy one if it means 4m goes on a trailer, pointless for me. I'm assuming I need not worry about that though as launching wheels will do what I need I guess.
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Old 18 October 2015, 19:12   #26
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Hi Dubrus having skimmed thru this thread I think the only solution to your dilemma is getting an air floor sib around the 3.8 - 4.3m mark.
There are a load of Honwaves Bombards etc that meet this criteria.
A 4m Aluminium or wooden floor will be close to 100kg.
Then add engine fuel etc and it's going be hefty.
To get it into / out off the water it will require transom wheels or roller boats.
An air floor Sib will be lighter and much quicker to assemble.
A bravo 12v inflator and a set of transom wheels are must have accessories .
In my opinion the hassle of loading up building, disassembling washing out etc of a aluminium / wooden floor sib will put you off using it.
That's why I reluctantly built a trailer for my 3.5m Honwave.
I don't think twice about using it now as I no longer have the prospect of the dreaded building stop down washing process.
It sits on the trailer all year under cover ready for deployment.
For trips away in my caravan I bought a little 2.6m Seago Eco.
It's a slat floor and takes minutes to set up.
It weighs around 30 kg so it can be easily carried to the waters edge.
I use my Honwave transom wheels on it too tho - to save my old back.
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Old 19 October 2015, 06:08   #27
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i have gone back to a SIB for two reasons 1] i wanted to go back a simple as possible manual start/tiller. 2] a lot of money sat on the trailer most of the year and if going away and the weather blows up towed it around burning fuel for nothing.and as others have said i started in the 80's it was all SIBS then in our price range.
so i bought a mercury 365 hd PVC boat with a 25hp Suzuki put it on a trailer i don't want to beach launch and faff around building the boat up etc so i use slipways,we recently went to stranraer and launched at port Logan slipway on to hard sand pushed the trailer back to the sea till the truck tyers were wet got out not enough water so UN- hitched and pushed back 20 yards floated her off pulled boat and trailer back to the truck single handed job done,
return was easier using the winch to pull her back on the trailer docking arms work well and help a lot in the wind, i have a rope on the trailer and pull it out till i can get it hitched up.
having gone out in perfect conditions whilst still running the engine in, 27kmh at quarter throttle i was well chuffed the boat behaves really well and comfortable in a chop sat on the tube.i have a few changes to make but that's me, but have no regrets at all in fact getting a few splashes in the face from the bow was refreshing at 61 40 years on and still love it.
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Old 19 October 2015, 08:26   #28
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>>> a few splashes in the face from the bow was refreshing at 61 40 years on and still love it.

Actually with a similar period of boating behind me I agree that's the main point....

SIB on a trailer, SIB in the boot, small RIB or even a hard boat like this...



... smallcraft boating is a fantastic fun vs cost activity and getting a face full of salt water is what it's about.
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For the cost of a used trailer for lighter boats, the addition of a trailer sooner or later sure does make a difference in many ways as pointed out above. My big thing with adding a trailer..simple. Don't have to assemble, disassemble.. The first few times was well OK but if using your SIB on a regular basis it becomes a hassle. Answer..a trailer.
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Old 19 October 2015, 08:47   #30
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I have thought for a while now that of all my boys toys that my Sib gives the biggest bang for the buck.
At around 3 and a half grand for the Sib, trailer, 2 new 4 stroke engines, plus the associated accessories bought and bought back in 2010 I've had many memorable days fishing island hopping and pleasure cruising.
It still looks like new - but if it burst and fell to pieces tomorrow I would have no complaints or regrets.
I would buy another one straight away.
A very versatile piece of PVC much greater than the sum of its parts.
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