After many months we have finally narrowed down our search and almost certain now to buy a new set up after looking at many reviews here and youtube etc
Will have a chat with Terry at Excel tomorrow and he will give a package quote and take it from there.
Are there any other dealers/companies/options you would recommend for comparison?
Choice Ideas are Excel Volaire or Volante 390 or latest Honwave T38 if any of them are available.
Can anyone explain the real world differences between the 3.
Honwave: Feel the slope of the V floor might not be the best for our needs, fishing dog etc but havent been in one. Warranty not very good. Any other issues?
On their website the 2 excel sibs seem very similar in spec weight etc but they claim the Volaire "The lighter construction requires less power, a 10 hp is adequate for planing speeds"
Does anyone have any experience of both? Any idea on different materials used? Differences with air floors?
Any issues with our choices?
Do you think our thought process below is correct?
Lack of knowledge of Outboards and Inflatables when things go wrong. (Can normally get my very old and temperamental lawn mower to start but not going to put others lives at risk if the grass grows a bit longer)
Time constraints to go searching around and the market as things are seems some secondhand prices almost comparable to new.
With new we have 5 years or 2 years warranty on sib. Resale values.
We believe air floor models preferable for weight, storage and transport. I have a large estate car boot and possibly would buy a towbar rack later for our other car for more options.
Minimum 3.9 sib. Larger boat generally copes better in seas we might encounter in the future as our experience grows, but still manageable size for stowing and set up.
Main use will be for minimum 2 to 3 people and the dog with occasional fishing/camping gear.
When looking at a couple of smaller older sibs from boatworlds own brand we felt we would struggle for space, and the quality of the sibs and OB for the money being asked was crazy.
Lightest (although we realise not such thing as light 4 stroke in hp we would be looking at) But suitable 4 stroke Main brand outboard: Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Tohatsu, Mariner, Mercury etc
Warranty. Service parts. Resale values a few years time.
Will discuss with Terry but seems minimum we would need is a 15hp and possible a 20hp at the load and size of sib we are looking at.
Do you agree?
We realise that in an ideal world we would let someone else take the big depreciation hit by buying used set up, but I guess time is getting on to be sorted out for the summer months.