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Old 07 May 2011, 01:55   #31
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Hi everyone! I see many of you are in the UK. I don't have a RIB yet, but plan on getting one in the near future. I don't know if this is available to you guys in the UK, but I have this trailer and it takes up little floor space when folded and stood up.
You might want to check if it's available for you. Here in the USA, this trailer is inexpensive. It cost me $200 USD when they had a special on it. THe drawback is that it comes as a kit, so you've got to build it yourself, and add the plywood deck.

Heavy Duty Foldable Utility Trailer & Other Folding Trailers - Harbor Freight Tools

or this boat specific trailer doesn't look too big either, but I think only the first one stands up when folded.

600 Lb. Capacity Boat Trailer* & Other Small Boat Trailers - HFT

fyi, in order to make it stronger, I decided to weld the trailer together, as the instructions are to only bolt the bars together.
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Old 15 May 2011, 06:25   #32
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Thanks to everyone who gave me advice - I've now got a bombard aerotec 380 inflatable

I'm going to get some lifejackets, but was just wondering are there any other essentials that I should be taking out with me? Do you think I'd need to get a VHF radio?

Like I said previously, I wouldn't be taking the boat out far, especially to begin with, but just want to make sure I've got some of the things required.
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Old 15 May 2011, 06:43   #33
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Thanks to everyone who gave me advice - I've now got a bombard aerotec 380 inflatable

I'm going to get some lifejackets, but was just wondering are there any other essentials that I should be taking out with me? Do you think I'd need to get a VHF radio?

Like I said previously, I wouldn't be taking the boat out far, especially to begin with, but just want to make sure I've got some of the things required.
There's a link in my "signature" with advice for beginners. A VHF is in my opinion quite important (for 80) - what would you do if you breakdown and are getting washed off shore by wind / tide? If you decide not to go with VHF then some flares would definitely be a good idea (but aren't as versatile and will cost you about 1/2 the radio cost). Ideally you'd have both - but I realise budgets and eagerness to get on the water can overtake. If you really want to get out there without a radio then take a well charged mobile in a good waterproof bag, make sure someone knows where you are going, when you will be back and that you expect them to call the CG if you are not.

Spare fuel and an anchor (on a long rope) would be my other "essentials" to avoid or reduce embarrassment.
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Old 16 May 2011, 05:51   #34
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or alternatively a friend in another boat, which also makes for a more sociable day out!
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Old 16 May 2011, 10:38   #35
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Hi,
I'm guessing being a student in Cornwall you are probably in Falmouth. I will keep an eye out for you, I'm normally found bobbing about just beyond St Antony with a fishing rod. Plenty of Cod around at the moment!
Enjoy the new boat, what engine did you end up with?

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Old 16 May 2011, 11:55   #36
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Get a Zodiac

Hay, the best choice is the Zodiac 325 fast roller. It only weighs in at 44 kilos and takes a 10 horse power. Pleant of room for 2 people and with a 10 horse will get you around in even rough seas. I have one and take it out over 2 miles in the Irish Sea and never have any trouble. Also, if you can get a used 9.8 or 9.9 2 stroke engine then you can change the reed block valve (25) and take off the trottle stop (which I have done to my 9.9 Yamaha) and that will deliver about 13 to 14 horse power. Also very quick off the mark.
Going back to the Zodiac... I put that and the engine, fuel tank, and sundries in the back of my Citreon Picasso and have room for many other bits and pieces. Great boat and will last a life time. You can get one used for about a 700 to 900 as they only launched in 2010 so would be a relitively new boat. Pennine Marine has them new from about 1,400.00. I am sure there is a zodiac dealer in your part of the country. I have always haggled with them as they will come down in price. Alternatively... go to France, where they are made, and you'll get one new for about 800.00. See ya' and good luck, Yankybri
PS Picture of my 325 and my mates 310 on Loch Lomond. I'm the Reggae Chicken! Don't ask... too many beers that night!
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Old 16 May 2011, 17:30   #37
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Cheers again for the replies guys!
I'm located at Newquay, am at the college here but when using the boat I'm planning on heading to the south coast where its a bit more sheltered, probably some of the beaches North of Falmouth.

I'll definitely look out for a radio as I realise I don't want to end up in an area with no mobile signal. I've seen quite a few for sale on ebay so I'll keep checking.

The engine is a johnson 15hp 2 stroke shortshaft. Pretty sure it'll have more then enough power..

And thanks for the advice yankybri, that sounds and looks pretty awesome, should've waited before buying my one!
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Can any one give me any feedback or rate a rib for me please it's a excell sr 330 with a 15hp engine center console, using it for hopping around north east coast, fishing etc thanx,very new to the ribbing world
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