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Old 19 July 2021, 15:33   #61
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It took me about 4 weeks of searching on ebay & gumtree, and then two bare base road trailers came up. I didn't look specifically for ones with bunks as I wanted to make them myself so that they are right for my SD360, and I found that used trailers with bunks were a lot more money.
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Old 19 July 2021, 16:24   #62
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Yup, it doesn't strike me as a solution for this season. Google is a bit of a mess with keywords just bringing up all sorts of stuff and as is typical with boating, the websites are all a bit outdated and messy.

It would also appear that at 390/400 cm I'm sitting on the wrong side of the most popular trailers as well.

It has winter project written all over it.
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Old 21 July 2021, 14:46   #63
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Pondering the absence of grab handles on the inside of the Excel this afternoon. It strikes me as something that would have been useful. Firstly for the pilot to have a firm hold while steering but also for small passengers upfront.

I'm not really a fan of children's fingers being where the grab rope is as that's in 'sandwich' territory.

As a quick fix would putting a line or strap across the boat between the grab ropes be a solution? I can't immediately think of any significant issues or risks?
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Why not fix some grab handles where you need them? Cheap enough on fleabay and very easy to fix on.
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Why not fix some grab handles where you need them? Cheap enough on fleabay and very easy to fix on.

That was my initial thought but I've never had much joy with gluing hyperlon and I can't see PVC being better.
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That was my initial thought but I've never had much joy with gluing hyperlon and I can't see PVC being better.


Ahh! Thatíll be because youíre using the wrong glue. Youíll be using Hypalon glue. You need the special Hyperlon stuff, but itís hard to find.
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That was my initial thought but I've never had much joy with gluing hyperlon and I can't see PVC being better.
Bit of a problem when you get a puncture Tim, and you will

I've glued D rings and repaired a puncture without any problem. I'd be very confident fixing grab handles, in fact it's on my to do list.
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Bit of a problem when you get a puncture Tim, and you will

I've glued D rings and repaired a puncture without any problem. I'd be very confident fixing grab handles, in fact it's on my to do list.
The important thing is that if I go down the logical route and for some grab handles, when it comes off on the crest of a 6 footer and I smack myself in the face with it, I will be able to blame a man called Steve.
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The important thing is that if I go down the logical route and for some grab handles, when it comes off on the crest of a 6 footer and I smack myself in the face with it, I will be able to blame a man called Steve.
Yep, I'll take full responsibility
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Post #48 on this thread...

https://www.rib.net/forum/f50/one-pe...tec-83658.html

No warranty given or implied but it should see you right.

I'm doing a small lift handle upgrade on the Aerotec adding the very useful between the rear tubes handles as on our old T35 Honwave.

If two of you want to carry a 3.5/3.8m SIB any distance carrying from the side even if there are handles at the right balance point is a pain. With the Honwave style ones one of you carrying between the rear tubes and the other using the bow handle makes it so much easier.
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Thanks. I've been following your thread and been making mental notes. It's a good idiots guide.

Im thinking of gluing on some of these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284351749022?
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Style OK but source?? Niggly as ever I'd go for a UK inflatable boat supplier where when they sell PVC to glue to PVC it is likely to be so.

I like these...

https://www.ibsparts.co.uk/product/p...260mm-x-100mm/

Similar to the OE ones on my old Honwave in front of the seat... they made for the perfect grab hold at that angle.
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Those are a much more appropriate design for what's needed. Thanks.
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In between climbing into the pond to clear and clean the pump and then getting sent back in to cut lilies because somehow it was more logical to wait for some to climb back out from the lilies, I have bitten the bullet on a trailer.

I've been scouring the classifieds for a used one but I just have a feeling that this year there will be few during the season and then their price will be up near new prices so having narrowed down the options to Snipe and Extreme, I found the chap I spoke to at the latter to be extremely helpful and after some inning and ahhing on my behalf I placed an order for an EXT400 Inflatable Bunk which should be ready for collection in Soton in a little over a fortnight.
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Nothing like a bit of pond frustration to concentrate the mind. Truth is... and the pandemic has firmed up our attitude... if you think you need to do something forget maybe next year... just get on with it.
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Nothing like a bit of pond frustration to concentrate the mind. Truth is... and the pandemic has firmed up our attitude... if you think you need to do something forget maybe next year... just get on with it.

I couldn't agree more. Mainly it just makes life easier to get these jobs done.

I really didn't want to spend the money on the trailer but in reality, I very much suspect that it will allow us to get out on the water more times this season. And ultimately, like the boat and even the outboard, within reason, it's going to hold a good value anyway.

I've also had to buy a Horizon VHF as I cannot find my old one anywhere and despite the Solent being well populated it doesn't strike me as remotely worth not having a radio onboard. I've a vague memory of lending it to someone.
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