Hi from central Scotland, Port of Menteith area, (my nearest Port
), about as far from the sea as you can get in any direction in Scotland!
I've been using SiBs on and off for about 38 years, both through work as an engineer & commercial diver, and for leisure diving, exploring & island camping, all in Scotland, mostly west coast & the Hebrides. I'm boating pretty much just for fun now. I've been enjoying the forum from the sidelines for the last 6 months or so and thought it was time I took the plunge, introduced myself, and joined in. So Hi to all fellow SiB & RiB enthusiasts!
Currently have a Zodiac 380 classic, and now also an Excel 480 that I hope to get out for the first time for a run round Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute next weekend. Previous craft I've used at various times have been 4.8m Avon, 4.8m Zodiac, 3.8m Avon, 3.2m Avon and 3.8m Honwave SiBs, and a couple of different Pioner plastic boats, with a variety of Mariner, Yamaha and Honda engines between 15 and 50hp. I've always loved SiBs for their simple robust practicality - never scared to put one up against rocks or a scabby pier face when when inspecting/diving/surveying with work, or just exploring rocky shores, caves and cliffs for fun. And I've always found the 4.8m ones fine for scuba diving for 3 or 4. Also too mean to spend money on a RiB
Have a question to post but I'll do that separately, just wanted to introduce myself and say Hi to everyone first.
All the best, Ed