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Old 12 May 2013, 05:24   #1
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SIB for husband's 40th

Help needed: My husband has hinted that he would like a SIB for his birthday, we live in Bath, so would like to pootle about on the river a little through the year with the kids but also spend a lot of time in North Devon in the summer. Is there a boat and engine size that anyone can recommend to fit the bill for both? Trying to do my homework and keep it a secret too... proving difficult! I would also want him to do a course to brush up his boating skills - any suggestions? Thank you
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Old 12 May 2013, 05:30   #2
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How many people are likely to be piled into the sib max? :-)
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Old 12 May 2013, 05:33   #3
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I think we would never really be more than two adults, two kids. Maybe very occasionally 4 adults.
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Old 12 May 2013, 06:14   #4
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I had a Yam 380s which fitted this well, had a 25hp on the back so may be a bit over the top HP wise for your needs but a great size boat.

The Quicksilver boats would be a good range too, again in the 3.8m size - badged up as others too, Mercury for one.

Honwave seem to have a good following but never used one myself.

Engine wise anything between 15-25 hp will be great depending on if you think you may want to progress from a gentile poodle to a good bouncing
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I think we would never really be more than two adults, two kids. Maybe very occasionally 4 adults.
Would you be able to trailer it inflated?

I'm trying to get at size here. You could have a tight squeeze for an occasional 4 people, or a reasonable amount of space. Remember, bigger equates to more capable, but adds logistical issues.
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[QUOTE=Mollers;536629[

I'm trying to get at size here. You could have a tight squeeze for an occasional 4 people, or a reasonable amount of space. Remember, bigger equates to more capable, but adds logistical issues.[/QUOTE]

That's why I like the 3.83 size. Started with mine in the boot, not unknown to have it of the roof rack! ended up on a small bunked trailer but gives you all three options with a good size for most uses.
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Need a bit more information to give you a better answer.

Budget ? New or Used
How will it be transported and stored (Inflated on a trailer or packed in bags)
If no trailer what size car have you got (boot size ?)
How confident are the kids (Would they like to use a ringo etc)

The more info you give, the better the recommendations.
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My first boat was a 2.6m Quicksilver. Was fine for two and the occasional 4 (bit tight) for pottering around on the river. It had an old 7.5hp Johnson, just about got on the plane with two on board. Was ideal at the time as could be deflated and went in the back of my Fiat Punto (first car!). All purchased for less than 1000 (new boat, used engine). I suspect however you'll want something bigger - at least 3m. Bigger, whilst trickier to set up doesn't necessarily mean a trailer and tow bar. I had until very recently a 4.something Suzimar that we used to transport in the back of the car. You'd need something reasonably large like a decent sized estate or 4x4 to do this with kids and picnic in the back.
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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.
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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.
Now we're getting somewhere.
You're budget is fine, trailering is good.

A Honwave 3.8m with a nice 30hp O/B.
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