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Old 28 July 2016, 14:31   #11
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Thanks for the advice Fenlander, I hadn't considered the weight issue with a SIB. I'll do some more research and keep looking around. I do like the thought of a RIB, but I was thinking it was overkill for my needs.
It may be, for the first year or so then as many of us have done the move to a rib will be calling.

Welcome to the forum - my 2 pence worth - think of the sort of areas you want to go, what seat configuration do you fancy and how fast / long do you want to travel. Nothing worse than being uncomfortable or cramped. How old are teh kids, will you need something that can accommodate them now or in 3/4 years time?

This will then help to guide to a spec / design then it's finance available to look at age and specs.

I've changed boats each time the kids have outgrown the previous one due to timings of what was available, but to not have done would have meant uncomfortable rides, which equals no fun which means don't go.
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Old 28 July 2016, 15:02   #12
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I'd try and get a run out in a few boats to get a feel for the differences. They all seem big sitting in a showroom or on a trailer in someone's drive. Amazing how the "shrink" when you put them in the water.
I'm sure some of the local guys would oblige
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Old 28 July 2016, 15:25   #13
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Hi Steve welcome over the years I have been boating in your area with both SIB & RIB great fun with both,gone back to a SIB suits my stile of boating now getting in close landing almost anywhere.
But as said think hard on what you want it for, budget along with that how much use for your investment.
From canoe to cabin boat they all have one thing in common great fun and you will see stuff you'll never see without one..

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Old 31 July 2016, 16:03   #14
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Thanks for all the great advice. My kids are now 11 & 13 and quite tall so I guess capacity for 4 adults at least. Treerat I think you are correct in if the family don't like it we won't go.
Jeff may I ask what SIB you have gone for ?

I'm currently on holiday so my replies are a little slow.
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Old 01 August 2016, 02:12   #15
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I bought a Mercury 365 HD same size as a 380 with stubby cones it is heavy at 100 kg but designed for divers I did want a bombard c3 but none available due to the zodiac buy out but very happy with this put a Suzuki 25 on it good little set up its on a trailer perminant.

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