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Old 12 May 2013, 08:09   #11
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Thank you for everyone's responses so far. I really don't want to spend any more than £4-5k all in and I hoped that this might include a trailer as we'd keep it inflated through the summer months. Am open to the idea of both new and used & it would be transported as both. Kids are not confident yet and think we may have to upgrade (boat not kids) as they get bigger.We have an old LR Discovery so boot space good.
I hope he's knows how lucky he is, well done
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Old 12 May 2013, 08:32   #12
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Thank you for everyone's responses so far. I really don't want to spend any more than £4-5k all in and I hoped that this might include a trailer as we'd keep it inflated through the summer months. Am open to the idea of both new and used & it would be transported as both. Kids are not confident yet and think we may have to upgrade (boat not kids) as they get bigger.We have an old LR Discovery so boot space good.
With a healthy budget and sensible vehicle the 3.5-4m sib world is there for the taking, however when looking try to remember that a vhf, flares, lifejackets etc will also be needed so don't spend it all on a base craft.

The other thing to consider would be a smallish rib? However I like the idea of learning sea craft in a smallish boat and moving up as the skills progress. Can't beat learning on a small tiller craft for sea handling, trim etc.

An RYA Level 2 would be a good course to do at some point soon as well. There are trade member son here that run them and I'm sure they'll be one not top far from you. If not you can always pop down to Plymouth one weekend and complete it there.

An odd thought for you would be to give the lucky man the course and a voucher for his birthday. Send him on the course where he can learn what does what on a boat and get some time helming one. If you speak to the supplier I'm sure they'll cover both Sib and Rib and then decide what set up you actually want, need, like.

Worst thing would be to buy the sib, go on a course, fall in love with a rib and start all over again..........

I did my course well before owning anything.
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Old 12 May 2013, 08:50   #13
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An odd thought for you would be to give the lucky man the course and a voucher for his birthday. Send him on the course where he can learn what does what on a boat and get some time helming one. If you speak to the supplier I'm sure they'll cover both Sib and Rib and then decide what set up you actually want, need, like.

Worst thing would be to buy the sib, go on a course, fall in love with a rib and start all over again..........

I did my course well before owning anything.
I agree with treerat.

A "refresher course" in the form of a Level Two Powerboat is a really good idea. If conducted on a smallish RIB, it will give him a chance to make the right choice for his needs.
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The Honda package seems a no brainier to me. Honwaves are incredible value for money.
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HonWave is a great shout, but I would go for the T40 with the aluminium floor rather than the airfloor 3.8 . The Honda packages are great value, go for the maximum power allowed, you wont regret it.
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Also I seem Honda doing massive discount packages. And a present is always nicer brand new.
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My first boat was a honwave t40 ally floor with a mariner 25 hp on back was a very good package and good fun easily held 4 x adults on tubes and 2x kids sitting at front looking over tubes,used to trailer it , and fitted with launch wheels could be launched almost any where.
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Honda in Southampton now have a showroom in their car dealership

Or why not go for something secondhand like a ex RNLI Y Class or a Bombard 380

A few sibs in this video....

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Hello,

I have a honwave t40 with a tohatsu 25hp 2 stroke. What I can say is mostly good. It is very stable and feels safe, it has a very good beam, with the aluminium floor you have the opportunity to put in seats and a bow locker. The performance is good, I reach around 24 knots WOT with minimal gear. I successfully knee boarded from it last weekend in the stunning weather.

But, to be honest, with a budget of 4-5k I would not be going for a sib. You mentioned trailering, so why would you go for a sib if you can trailer. Although I love the t40, it is always at the back of my mind that I want a rib. You could get a really nice sea rider 4 meter and a nice modern 2 stroke for that kind of money. It is going to be more seaworthy, safe and comfortable than a sib.

By all means, go for a sib but all i can say is you will regret it and wish you had gone for a rib. I struggle to see the advantages of a sib over a rib when talking over 3.5 meters.

Something like this is well in your budget and you are getting a lot more for your money. As soon as you buy new you lose 20%, then a hell of a lot more once you have used it!

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