Decision time - Excel 330
This forum is a great resource and has provided so much information for my decision making, thanks for that!
After much deliberation, I think I have decided my new SIB will be an Excel Volante 330 with a Suzuki 6HP.
It seems to me a great compromise between portability and usability. I have considered the larger Sibs and Honwave offerings, but the weight and price puts me off. I will not have the ability to trailer a boat for the foreseeable future so it has to be easy to inflate/deflate on my own and store with the motor in the car.
The wider flat floor of the excels will make it slightly easier to board and more comfortable for family members than a V floor, granted itís marginal but every little helps.
My usage is exploring UK lakes, rivers and estuaries in the summer in calm weather. I have no immediate plans to travel to the IOW in my SIB, or hooning about towing inflatables, and the 330 with 6hp strikes me as suitable for two average build adults doing some gentle sight seeing, pottering about, and perhaps tender duties for up four adults to a friends yacht in sheltered spots on the south coast.
I believe it should plane with just me in the boat, from videos Iíve seen, but more importantly it should be enough to keep out of trouble. Speed is not important, safety is. I have been SIBing in my old Avon for several years and Iím well versed with tides, currents, weather etc. You could say Iím over cautious...
The temptation to buy bigger is strong, but the 330 seems like the right weight and size for safe family summer fun, with room to upgrade the engine up to a 15hp down the line if I feel more adventurous and have got around to doing my radio course!
I am planning to purchase new as I can afford to, the 5year warrantees on boat and motor seem a sensible reason and moreover I havenít found anything second hand so far that ticks all these boxes in the same way...
Weíve finally got a holiday on Ullswater in a couple of weeks which I understand is a great place to break in a new boat and motor, hence the desire to pull the trigger on this purchase!
Please could those experienced SIBers offer their verdict on my thinking - am I missing anything? Or should I just go for it and get SIBing again!
Thanks in advance.
ďBut for just a few quid more we can get the next size up...Ē