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Old 01 May 2011, 14:08   #11
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My Bombard Sib takes 10 mins to be completely ready with wheels/engine on and be ready.
With the correct pump, (Bravo type stylee) its a complete doddle, no storage/launch fees.

thats why im selling it, just to easy
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Old 01 May 2011, 14:12   #12
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My Bombard Sib takes 10 mins to be completely ready with wheels/engine on and be ready.
With the correct pump, (Bravo type stylee) its a complete doddle, no storage/launch fees.

thats why im selling it, just to easy
I want your engine, bow bag and seat.........

But I'll settle for the engine...

Got mine now - a good clean and engine & off I go ..
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Old 01 May 2011, 14:20   #13
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Thanks actions.

Right now I think I'll have to look at the lightweight SIBS then, as it could be transported on my car roof. Would these still be good enough to use in the open sea? I'm guessing they won't be as sturdy/strong.

Does anyone know if storage of the boat/trailer elsewhere would be a good idea, or is it generally pretty expensive?
I used my SIB in the open sea, not sheltered and it was fine, but used only really on calm days or with a little chop, but not much. I'm sure some of the other guys on here will tell you what the limits are, but of course will vary on the size of the boat and engine. Of course you have to be aware of the power of your engine against fast running tides etc.
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Does anyone know if storage of the boat/trailer elsewhere would be a good idea, or is it generally pretty expensive?
There are plenty of options, and you can easily spend thousands per annum doing this; however if you shop around you might get lucky. A lot of places have special dinghy rates.

E.g. a 4m boat at Linnhe Marine on the west coast would cost 260/yr - outdoors, not very secure (although in reality remote enough not to be a problem); the same boat outdoors on a "public" marina on the Firth of Forth would be 170 pa outdoors or 383.40 for indoors. Whilst a local boatyard will store it inside for 216.24 pa -( paid monthly when all the others are annual).

I'd expect it to be more expensive in your part of the world, but I don't know for sure. Bear in mind that these costs include unlimited use of their slipways - which typically are 5-10 per day, so if you always want to launch from the same place this can be quite economical.
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Old 01 May 2011, 18:48   #15
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My Bombard Sib takes 10 mins to be completely ready with wheels/engine on and be ready.
With the correct pump, (Bravo type stylee) its a complete doddle, no storage/launch fees.

thats why im selling it, just to easy
Do you transport it inside a vehicle or on a roof rack? Also, do you mind me asking how much you're selling/you've sold it for?

Thanks for all of the other replies, they're all really helpful. I'm going to try and find out how much it would cost to store it on a trailer somewhere around here, and then take it from there. At the moment I'm leaning more towards a SIB that can be used on a roof rack.

When using a roof rack, do you usually keep the SIB inflated at all times - so even after you've taken it out for the day do you take it home and store it somewhere inflated, or just deflate and pack away after use?
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Old 02 May 2011, 05:42   #16
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The other roof rack option is to get one of these contraptions that allows the likes of Lasers & Toppers to be "roofed" single handed. I had mine on a trailer, so can't reccomend one as a user, but there are from memory two or three variants out there.

Basically consist of sliding bars that you pull out sidewas, and once at full out, tyou place o nthe ground, and ""roll" the boat off. That would be about a million times easier with a SIB, as you don't need to worry about trashing a fibreglass hull if you drop it.

I'd second the launch wheels / trolley idea tho' - even a "lightweight" 10Hp will seem like you are carrying the QE2's engine if you are more than about 20m from the water! (Outboards are a bog awkward shape to carry)
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Ah that sounds handy, any idea how much that might cost?

I've had a quote for the price of boat storage, which was around 50 a month, which may be a bit too expensive for me. So I'm edging towards the roof rack option still...

When using one with a roof rack is it usually completely inflated before loading onto the rack, then when you return you deflate it again and store it inside somewhere?
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This is another aerotec i had some time ago.. shows the launching wheels in a bit more detail.... anyway put it on the roof? not sure i would take that route,if you were tempted to leave it inflated. imagine the bow hanging over the windscreen and the wind getting in...yeeeha
Just deflate it using a decent pump, roll it up and stick it in the boot, it really takes minutes only.
My mate and i timed it, 8 mins from being seaworthy to all packed up in the car!! it was entertaining!!
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This is another aerotec i had some time ago.. shows the launching wheels in a bit more detail.... anyway put it on the roof? not sure i would take that route,if you were tempted to leave it inflated. imagine the bow hanging over the windscreen and the wind getting in...yeeeha
If it;s strapped down properly it's no problem. Probably better than a laser - as the Sib has a cavity to direct the air through to the back, and is a lot shorter, so more likely to "hug" the roof. IF you want ovehang, try a laser! The important thing is to make sure the bow is lashed to your front towing eye!

Having said that, 8 mins is not bad. It takes me 10mins single handed from "afloat" to "drive" with a swing beam roller trailer.....
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Thanks again guys thats a great help. Does the boat that you've pictured have a hard floor, or is the whole thing able to roll up? Were you able to take that out on the open sea pretty much, or mainly just stick close to the shore on sheltered bays? And what sort of engine did you use? Apologies for all the questions!

So if I want to look for a boat that is going to fit into my car boot (my preferred option) or onto a roof rack, am I going to be looking for "SIBs"? And can anyone recommend any models, or even better, any that they've seen available for sale somewhere?
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