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Old 01 July 2019, 13:41   #1
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Thinking of dipping my toe into SIB land.

Currently sat writing this in an aire in France with the RIB on the back, on our way home from Portugal. Weve analysed the boating that weve done over the last couple of months on tour, & we reckon that we could have done the same, possibly more, with a decent SIB. To that end, Im starting my research for a SIB to take abroad thatll allow us to fish & explore. We want something seaworthy & capable of exploring coasts & coves in relatively good conditions. Im probably going to keep it in a small box trailer & inflate/deflate as necessary. A learned friend on here has steered me towards a Zodiac futura Mk2 fastroller, which seems to tick all the boxes. I can probably buy a new Yam 15hp 2stroke to hang on the back. So a couple of questions:-

Assuming its going to be tiller steer, Will I regret going 2s (my preferred choice)?

Bearing in mind Ive never seen a Frib, would one of these suit my purposes better? I want to be able to beach whatever I end up with, without fretting about the hull.

I know there are loads of options out there & this is a how long is a bit of string kind of post, but what else would suit my purposes? My priorities are quality & capability rather than cost. Saying that, Id happily buy a nearly new second hand outfit or bare boat. If we dont like it, we could then sell it on without taking a hit on a new purchase. I dont think Id have any problem shifting a new 2s 15hp Yam.
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Old 01 July 2019, 14:22   #2
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Hi PD would you go for an air floor or alloy if SIB was the option the f/rib 375 is a very good option as well but four stroke the way to go ??
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Hi PD would you go for an air floor or alloy if SIB was the option the f/rib 375 is a very good option as well but four stroke the way to go ??


Probably air floor, easier/quicker to setup, I believe. But Im happy to be corrected. Bear in mind this isnt a replacement for the RIB, its just something to get us on the water in warmer climes. Weve found that slips are few & far between on the continent, they seem to favour boat lifts & cranes for some reason. The few slips that do seem to exist are often littered with abandoned boats/vans/pots etc. So Im looking at something I can put together at the waters edge, maybe a set of launching wheels & go.
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The Honwave T38 is a good wee run about with a 15 or 20 hp
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The Honwave T38 is a good wee run about with a 15 or 20 hp


Id looked at those, but apparently theyre having some quality issues at the moment which put me off. By all accounts Zodiac had similar issues 3 or 4 years ago but have now resolved them.
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Well recent experience of my 16yr old Yamaha 15 2st is very positive so thumbs up for that. Cost wasn't an issue and I did look and may just have been tempted by new but a few weeks back there was only stock of long shafts.

Sadly I have for now removed the T38 Honwave from being my go-to advised value air floor SIB. As you say PD far too many problem ones coming out of the factory at the moment. I understand one of the members on here and FR & Sibs was in the process of rejecting his bought from Ely but of course their demise has interfered with that process. The little I have seen of Honda and Ely dealers responses to his complaints give me no confidence they will honour the guarantee in the way you'd want.

A newish design to the Excel range looks interesting as they have taken the air floor design of the Russian shallow river/jet outboard SIBs and produced it at a very reasonable price. The Excel 390 Volaire at 1259.

http://www.excel-inflatables.co.uk/i...volaire390.php

The floor looks a very similar design to the Russian Solar range...



The feedback on Excel boats and their quality over the past few years seems to have challenged Honwave and now risen above them.

I haven't heard of a sibber with experience in Aerotec, T38 etc using a Volaire as comparison though... but it's a floor design I'll be keeping an eye on.

Would a newish used Aerotec do you?
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Another thought... a Takacat??

https://www.takacat.com/Sports-tende...e-fishing-boat
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Surfcat / Gemini GRX 420? The beach launched SIBs on the beach near me are Futura and Zapcats - seem to work extremely well as coastal boats? I was seriously considering them until the open transom and lack on perceived comfort by the other half pushed me towards ribs - also looked at takacats as a tender
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Surfcat / Gemini GRX 420? The beach launched SIBs on the beach near me are Futura and Zapcats - seem to work extremely well as coastal boats? I was seriously considering them until the open transom and lack on perceived comfort by the other half pushed me towards ribs - also looked at takacats as a tender


My new Surfcat doesnt have an open transom, you choose what you want
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By chance I see a 4.2m Excel Volaire almost as new but 500 off new price has come up for sale...

https://www.gumtree.com/p/boats-kaya...ire/1344878862

I'd still want to have experience of how they go on the sea before buying but as said above the floor concept interests me.
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