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Old 04 April 2019, 07:07   #1
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advice- what sib to buy

Hi all, new to the site. In need of some advice on what boat to purchase and heard that this was the place to come.

I am moving to indonesia for the summers and a sib is a must have on the island I will be moving to. Ive done some research and im torn between the excel volante sd 360/90 and the vanguard 365.

Considerations include that the boat has to be shipped to indonesia from the Uk so weight is a factor. Im leaning more towards the inflated deck over the aluminium due to ease of assembly and lighter weight with more comfort. However ive been told that the bigger sd bends at higher speeds? has anyone else found this? if so would the sd 360 be a better option.

The boat will be a daily run about, to take us to and from the surf spots along with a bit of fishing. Also once the boat is assembled it is like to stay that way until the end of the summer after which it will be stored out there. Bearing this in mind would i be better off with the aluminium deck and just biting the bullet on the extra shipping fees.

All advice much appreciated, cheers
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Old 04 April 2019, 07:18   #2
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If leaving it out there I'd just buy (locally) whatever the locals out there use - and it may be a hard boat is much more suitable?
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Old 04 April 2019, 07:44   #3
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Ye looked into that, it’s quite a remote island so they don’t build locally. Kupang East Timor is the closest big port. All expats tend to be on sibs and ribs, can order these out there but they all seem to be cheap Chinese made. Want something that’s gunna last.
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Ye looked into that, itís quite a remote island so they donít build locally. Kupang East Timor is the closest big port. All expats tend to be on sibs and ribs, can order these out there but they all seem to be cheap Chinese made. Want something thatís gunna last.


Whatever you end up with, Iíd go for Hypalon if you want it to last in a tropical climate. Donít be shy with the 303 either.
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Whatever you decide - sounds like a great adventure. Good luck with it.
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Airdecks are a worthwhile compromise if youíre planning to deflate the boat after each use but If itís going to stay inflated all season Iíd definitely go for the aluminium floor.
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Old 06 April 2019, 04:12   #7
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Zodiac Grand Raid MKII (4.2m) with HD aluminium floor. Okay, they are £5-6k new, but they do come up second hand from time to time. Hypalon fabric, towing rings, inter-communicating inflation valves, inflatable keel, powered by 40-50hp.

The only boat you'll ever need.
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Old 06 April 2019, 10:47   #8
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Zodiac Grand Raid MKII (4.2m) with HD aluminium floor. Okay, they are £5-6k new, but they do come up second hand from time to time. Hypalon fabric, towing rings, inter-communicating inflation valves, inflatable keel, powered by 40-50hp.

The only boat you'll ever need.
The latest Grand Raids do not have inter-communicating inflation valves, at least my 2011 model didn't... C7s instead. Not sure if this has changed again after Milpro split away. The MKII went very well with a 30hp ETEC with 2 people, fuel and a lot of camping gear.
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Old 06 April 2019, 11:43   #9
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Zodiac Grand Raid MKII (4.2m) with HD aluminium floor. Okay, they are £5-6k new,

The only boat you'll ever need.
Still not heard any good reason why anyone wants a big heavy SIB that lives on a trailer, and this one is super expensive. Worst of all worlds and the last boat I'd ever need
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Honwave T40 Ali floor would suit your needs
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