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Old 17 December 2013, 13:39   #1
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Hi Folks,
I've been kayaking at sea for a few years now. I mostly use mine for fishing. A few weeks ago I met some people who used a rib for fishing. It looked looked like a good idea.
I've been wondering if I should purchase a rib and outboard. I know nothing about them though. Trans Inflatable Boat Dinghy Tender Rib Sailing Fishing Aluminium Air Floor | eBay Is this worth the money?
Apologies if this has been answered before.

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Old 17 December 2013, 13:48   #2
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Hi Tony and welcome to RIBnet, first of all thats a SIB not a Rib, its a

soft inflatable boat as to a.... rigid inflatable boat (solid hull)

Don't rush have a good look around.

Some respected makes to look out for,

Quicksilver, Bombard, Tohatsu and Avon.

I have not heard of Trans so can't advise on that particular one.

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Old 17 December 2013, 13:53   #3
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Ah! Learning already! Thanks Kerny
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Old 17 December 2013, 15:06   #4
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That looks quite a nice inflatable actually but, as Kerny says, there are a lot of different makes out there and as with all boats it's a buyers market. Incidently, even SIBs weigh a ton - that one's 3.2m and with an outboard will be a hefty lump to haul around. Anyway, happy boating and welcome to the forum.
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Old 17 December 2013, 15:25   #5
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What budget would you have for a full package?
Do you want good sea keeping abilities or are you just going out in calm conditions?
Are you fishing solo?
How far off shore do you want to venture?
Can you tow a trailer or do need something that will fit in you boot?

If you are fishing mainly solo one of your best options will be an avon searider 4 meter. These have a flooding hull which gives excellent stability when stationary and at slow speeds- perfect for fishing. Unlike the sib you will have to trailer it but you are going to get a boat that has far better sea keeping abilities. These range massively in price depending on the condition. A decent one is going to be around 3000 with a nice 40-50hp 2 stroke.

I started with a sib and was quickly dissapointed, i too used it for fishing but found it was uncomfortable in chop and I didn't feel as though i was in a proper 'sturdy' boat.
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