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Old 05 March 2014, 04:17   #1
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My name is Stu from Wellingborough, just on the brink of buying a small inflatable with a 3.5-4hp short shaft outboard. Looking at this forum that seems to be small fry in comparison to the kit the rest of you have!
Any advise on a purchase of both or in a package would be great. Have seen a couple on ebay and mail speed marine for around 8-1000.
Anything I should keep clear of or go for?
Hope to speak with you guys on here in the future.
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Old 05 March 2014, 04:42   #2
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Hi Stu, and welcome.
The kit the rest of us have is irrelevant, getting out and enjoying it is what it is about. We all had to start somewhere, and personally, I think that someone who jumps straight into a large RIB is missing a large part of his marine education
There are even some guys on here who should know better; they have RIBs AND the odd inflatable
Tell us more about what you want to use the rig for, what sort of load you want to carry, and where you will be using it, and although I am not the expert you may be looking for, others will be along to give you useful info
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Old 05 March 2014, 04:59   #3
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Hi Stu, and welcome.
The kit the rest of us have is irrelevant, getting out and enjoying it is what it is about. We all had to start somewhere, and personally, I think that someone who jumps straight into a large RIB is missing a large part of his marine education
There are even some guys on here who should know better; they have RIBs AND the odd inflatable
Tell us more about what you want to use the rig for, what sort of load you want to carry, and where you will be using it, and although I am not the expert you may be looking for, others will be along to give you useful info
Hi Ian
Basically looking for a small (2.3 to 2.6mtr) inflatable with no more than a 4hp short shaft outboard.
Usage is going to be mainly occasional and coastal for little trips around the beach/coast line. Also will be using it on local boating lakes for fun trips out to keep it in use.
Max capacity is going to be me, the wife and my 6 yr old daughter but mainly just me and my daughter as the wife gets a little sea sick
Not looking for anything too quick but want something with a little poke to make some fun..
Budget wise I don't want to be spending more than 1000 and from what I have seen that is achievable?

Cheers for your help..
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Hi Stu and welcome to RIBnet, I have a 2.6 Wetline sib with a Tohatsu 3.5 engine I have used it on Ullswater with wife and myself with a bit of kit on board and it potters about okay but thats about it.

I would say that mine is mainly only fit for using as a small tender if I am being honest, if you want to have a bit of fun I would go for something a bit bigger like a 3.2 with at least 10hp engine on it, especially if using it out on the sea it will give you a lot more satisfaction and a bit more floor space for the kids and kit.
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Under powered is what I thought.
Ummm, as with everything in life this purchase is slightly budget driven so I may have to adapt my expectations of fun unless I can find a cheaper bigger HP outboard that would do the job? Think a 2.6mtr inflatable can handle upto about 6HP??
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Stu I'm sure that with your budget you could find a good used 3.2 sib and 10 hp engine, keep looking in the for sale section
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Cheers. Ill keep digging...
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There is a bombard 380 in the for sale section on here, might be worth a look.
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Found a great package with a wetline 260 and a 5hp outboard. . Liking this site already...
Thanks for the input so far guys...
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I dipped my toes in the water so to speak with a 3.2 Avon Rover with an 18hp motor. Within a year I'd regretted not getting a more powerful engine and upgraded to a 25hp. Not suggesting you go that far, but the moral of the story is that it may be false economy to spend a grand and then wish you'd waited a little longer and got something more akin to your need for say 1500.
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