Originally Posted by LJB
Hi Siberman, just joined Ribnet. Saw that you have the Quicksilver 365HD inflatable. How are you finding it?
I have the previous Quicksilver 360HD, owned it from new since 2004. Its powered by a 2007 yamaha 25hp 2 stroke. It rides great, feels solid, boat still looks great for its age, no patches, nothing coming apart. This little boats has taken me to some cool places, love it.
Sorry for the late reply. Last year was a bit of a lost season for me as my 2-stroke engine broke down and I only managed to get my hands on a new engine at the end of the summer. Also had some other issues to take care of + bought a sail boat with a friend which needed some love and attention.
Anyway, this year I intend to pick things back up and intensify the rubber boating. Also just bought a dry suit to extend the season as well as a chart plotter and nav lights.
As I might have mentioned in my earlier ramblings I find the boat itself really sturdy and well made. As to be expected by something labeled Heavy Duty.
The details could be better executed however and last time I used it the bow handle broke loose. This might have been to mishandling from my end as I attach it to my car hook (via a home made thingy) and tow it behind my car.
So now I have to find a way to repair that as an inflatable without a front grab handle is difficult to manage. Will probably post a thread asking for advice on that.
I towed my Zodiac in the same way and never even saw the slightest sign of wear / tear. This boat is heavier though so I guess there is extra pressure on the bow handle patch. Maybe I ought to get one of those mini trailers that can be disassembled. Probably ought to look into that. More money money out the door..
The extra weight of this Heavy Duty boat (including all water that accumulates under the alu floor -which is difficult to get rid of as the outlet hole is positioned too high to easily evacuate all water) makes the boat more difficult to manage by myself. It is at the limit of my capacity -especially with the new 20hp 4-stroke and all gear.
If I don’t plan to stay overnight it simply isn’t worth the effort to pack, lift, mount, tow and get the thing in the water and all that in reverse on the same day -too exhausting!
I do admit that I have accumulated more gear compared to my early happy-go-lucky sib outings. But as you all know, stuff is needed on board. As well as on destination.
It is more of a two man job these days to be honest. My son is a bit too young to be of any real practical use yet, but hopefully he’ll still want to go out with me when he gets a bit older and help out.
Anyway, it is still snowy and icy here in Sweden now so my first outing this year will probably not be for another month or so. And that is pretty early in the season and definitively not something I’d do without the dry suit.
Enough with the rambling for today
Happy boating everyone!