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Old 27 October 2015, 05:48   #31
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The out-laws live North Norfolk. And we would probably store the boat there most of the summer which is about 2 miles from the launch site. In a garage hence the appeal of something that can pack down.

That Bonwitco looks good.... but but but... a 3m boat with a 25Hp engine rated for 3 persons max... not so sure about that.

There's a 2nd hand Honwave, 20Hp, trailer etc. on for 1750 which I might have a look at.
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Old 27 October 2015, 05:57   #32
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I have been using HONWAVE 6 weeks in Greece and ... survive ...
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If you are going to use boat few times in year - why not to rent small RIB/boat ?

You have the same ideas which I used to have some time ago.
Boa is small so consider to invest for automatic life jackets.
Consume less space than traditional

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Old 27 October 2015, 06:24   #33
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That looks like one fully laden boat there Mat! Perfect!

If only the UK summer was as predictable as the Greek!

You can't really hire powered boats for the sea by the day in the UK (that I have ever found), rivers yes, lots, on the sea... not that I've found, in the locations I've looked. It was one of the first options I considered.
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Old 27 October 2015, 06:28   #34
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I wonder how old the children are?
6 and 8

And the boy (6) loves all things boats, most importantly steering/driving them.

(He uses the Minn Kota on the canoe whilst we relax)
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OK understand re the draw to Norfolk.

I really just meant the Bonwitco as an example... not that particular size.

We've had one of these with both 20 & 25hp...

Bonwitco Boatbuilders - The Bonwitco 375

If you meant it might be a bit lively they actually feel far more planted in the water than any SIB of similar length with that outboard size.

Oh so quite small at 6 & 8 (compared to out teen girls who have only just stopped boating with us). So for you anything from 3.4m up in SIBs would do for the next few years.

Knowing you have a base 2mls from the sea how would you intend to operate a SIB... daily setup or use a trailer?
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You can't really hire powered boats for the sea by the day in the UK (that I have ever found), rivers yes, lots, on the sea... not that I've found, in the locations I've looked. It was one of the first options I considered.
Its because GENUINE SEA requires the boat to be coded. Coding a RIB is a nightmare at the best of times, and it means you are looking at something like 6m+ in size and probably putting a zero on the price tag you'd expect!

There are some places which are 'sea like' that you can hire a RIB but you'll be restricted to a harbour area / estuary etc. Probably the most reasonable with a decent area of water is Hire RIBs | Bembridge
But even they aren't megga cheap. Not criticising Jim's prices - just if you did hire a few times over a few years you could have bought Whisper's SR4 and had much more freedom to go more places and still have an asset to sell on at the end.
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Old 27 October 2015, 06:53   #37
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this i my boat for info 3.65 m same as the old 3.8 m cone ends were changed cat c i would go out in 2 m seas and feel safe 6 man capacity.
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Knowing you have a base 2mls from the sea how would you intend to operate a SIB... daily setup or use a trailer?
Option 1:

Part deflated and shoved in the back of the van with the outboard mounted on the van (in)side using transom wheels to get it into the water

Option 2:

Fully inflated and stuck on the roof of the car (VW Passat estate), motor in the boot... assuming the wife will help me get it on/off the roof. We do the 30Kg canoe with ease... what's 20Kg more

Option 3:

If second hand and came with a trailer then I'd use the trailer or consider buying a trailer at some point depending on how big of a PITA option 1 and 2 were.
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Option 1:

Part deflated and shoved in the back of the van with the outboard mounted on the van (in)side using transom wheels to get it into the water

Option 2:

Fully inflated and stuck on the roof of the car (VW Passat estate), motor in the boot... assuming the wife will help me get it on/off the roof. We do the 30Kg canoe with ease... what's 20Kg more

Option 3:

If second hand and came with a trailer then I'd use the trailer or consider buying a trailer at some point depending on how big of a PITA option 1 and 2 were.
got bombard aerotec written all over it IMO
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Thanks for all the advice and the suggestions Poly, although some of them look truly awful/not my cup of tea.
Interestingly I assumed I knew which ones you were referring to until you said this:

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That Bonwitco looks good.... but but but... a 3m boat with a 25Hp engine rated for 3 persons max... not so sure about that
If you are within a few hours of Morton's then I'd definitely suggest a visit.

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you don't live far from Morton boats near Lincoln he does plastic boat packages with tohatsu engines the last one i saw had plenty of seating with a 30 hp on for 7.5 k new, i cant give any details as i just had a quick look but it looked a very nice boat.
I'd guess that was a 4.5m - they should be able to do a 20HP 4m ish tiller steered on a trailer for within the OP's budget.

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The out-laws live North Norfolk. And we would probably store the boat there most of the summer which is about 2 miles from the launch site. In a garage hence the appeal of something that can pack down.
Some people seem to have no issues packing and unpacking SIBs. Personally I think it would make it less likely I bothered to use it at all. A SIB could be a great upgrade from a Canoe, and you probably wouldn't lose much on it if you looked after it.

There's a lot to be said for free boat storage - but do consider whether Norfolk is the only place you will use it. I used to keep my boat 2+ hrs away from home because it was where I planned to use it. This made maintenance a PITA and meant if someone suggesting using it 1 hr in the opposite direction it was impractical. With good planning, and the fact that presumably you have to visit the in-laws anyway this might not be the same for you...
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