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Old 23 January 2021, 18:52   #1
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Are Achilles SG-140 and SU-16 good for family of 4

I own an entry level 3.3m SIB for a short while as a beginnerís boat to practice and experience how itís like to own a boat. And now I see Achilles in Australia is offering some major discount for both SG-140 and SU-160 which is quite tempting, because i now want a larger boat for my family of 2 adults and 2 girls for some water activities. And I found a 3.3m boat is barely adequate.

They are both 4m+ Hypalon type SIB. Size wise, I think they are pretty good for my intended usage of good weather activities with some additional room and safety just in case of some unexpected situation. However, I am not sure if that is too big for a SIB in general? And will the SU-16 offer some additional level of safety for family recreational use? I never operate anything other than SIB. Thus, I would like to seek some advice here before making the decision.

https://www.inflatableboats.com.au/sport-boat-sg-140
https://www.inflatableboats.com.au/commercial-su-16
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Old 24 January 2021, 12:54   #2
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Old 24 January 2021, 19:51   #3
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Good boats they've been around a long time
Thank you for your sharing.
Since my experience in boating is still very limited. My major concern is whether a 4m+ SIB is a sensible choice. I do have limitation on storage space, while I think a slightly bigger boat would make a huge difference for our family.

Thanks in advance for any insight on actual usage of 4m+ SIBs.
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Old 25 January 2021, 02:22   #4
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4m+ SIBs are very capable boats but make sure you have a suitable engine. I ran a Zodiac Grand Raid MK2 (4.2m) with a 30hp ETEC. It was a good combination with plenty of power when needed. It would have been a very good size and set up for the type of use you have described.
That said, I kept it on a trailer and would not consider setting it up each time I wanted to use it. The engine alone was too heavy. Will you have a trailer?
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Old 25 January 2021, 03:40   #5
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4m+ SIBs are very capable boats but make sure you have a suitable engine. I ran a Zodiac Grand Raid MK2 (4.2m) with a 30hp ETEC. It was a good combination with plenty of power when needed. It would have been a very good size and set up for the type of use you have described.
That said, I kept it on a trailer and would not consider setting it up each time I wanted to use it. The engine alone was too heavy. Will you have a trailer?
Thank for your insight.
In that case, I think I would consider to have it ready for use in a trailer in late spring to early autumn when water activities is most possible. Then pack it during Winter. Temperature would be too cold for family water activities anyway.
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Old 25 January 2021, 05:11   #6
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look up gurnard on here Richard some really good trips he does over here in the UK
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Anyone has some insight on the those 2 specific models? Appreciated for anyone who can share some thoughts.
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I have no experience of these models but have taken a look at the website. Based on my experience, I would say that the SG-140 seems more suitable for the kind of boating you have described. Looking at the specifications, the SU-16 is designed for heavy duty commercial use and is a bigger and heavier boat. At 168kg it will require a larger engine to perform well.
You may want to consider the SG-140SV as, according to the website, that model has pressure relief valves fitted as standard. These are useful in warmer climates. I would imagine that, for 2 adults and 2 children, the 140 would provide plenty of space and be a more manageable boat (102kg). A 4.25m SIB will provide plenty of safety and be easier to handle that the bigger boat. This may actually make it safer for recreational use.
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Old 27 January 2021, 06:25   #9
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I have no experience of these models but have taken a look at the website. Based on my experience, I would say that the SG-140 seems more suitable for the kind of boating you have described. Looking at the specifications, the SU-16 is designed for heavy duty commercial use and is a bigger and heavier boat. At 168kg it will require a larger engine to perform well.
You may want to consider the SG-140SV as, according to the website, that model has pressure relief valves fitted as standard. These are useful in warmer climates. I would imagine that, for 2 adults and 2 children, the 140 would provide plenty of space and be a more manageable boat (102kg). A 4.25m SIB will provide plenty of safety and be easier to handle that the bigger boat. This may actually make it safer for recreational use.
Thanks again. Really valuable insights. Canít be as rational as you with my very limited experience.
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Old 27 January 2021, 07:26   #10
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https://www.rib.net/forum/f50/achill...a-80394-2.html
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Finally purhcased the SG-140. See how it goes when it's delivered.
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