Inflateable rib dinghy? Anyone got one

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  1. Gazza333

    Gazza333 Funster

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    I was at the nec show today and saw the inflateAble dinghys for sale. Now we love the sea and water and I was tempted to buy one and a small motor for a bit of fun when we go away. Has anyone got one ? The one we saw was a sun sport I think it was called.

    Seems reasonably light and will fit in the garage. Not sure a 5hp motor is big enough for sea use ? Can the motor be transported lying down ? New to all this so just after any advice really from what was about to become an impulse buy

    Gary
     
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    I have never owned the sun sport dinghy but I have seen them for sale locally.

    It has an inflatable keel so provided you are below 75 kg then a small 4hp outboard will get the boat on the plane if you are on your own in the boat.

    If there is more than one person then just get one of the new Suzuki of Honda 4 strokes (2.5 - 3hp) for low speed travel and yes it will travel laying down provided the fuel filler is screwed down tight.
     
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    We have also been thinking of adding an Inflatable to the fleet, Honwave T32ie grabs me, already have a nice 8hp Yamaha that will make it fly and yes they can travel layed down, sorry can't help you with the sun sport but keep an eye on dealers on the net, I have seen quality boats reduced to average boat prices.

    Had a week at Annecy last summer and it was pure torture not being on the water other than in an inflatable kayak (soon for sale), make sure you know the local rules and regulations though at Annecy as long as you didn't have a large motor there didn't seem to be a problem.



    Andy
     
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    We had an inflatable rib when he kids were younger and it was great fun. We took it on all our hols and used it on the inland waterways as well as the sea. Can't speak for what's available now but ours was great fun and easy to transport.
     
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    I have a new 260 inflatable that has never been in water complete with wooden floor, pump and oars. It has a Suzuki 4 stroke outboard that has hardly been used. Its sitting here in Spain with me at the moment, but I can arrange transport back to the UK if you cant wait until I return in May. Lock stock and barrel £600. No offers.
     
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    Ahh I see, so I guess I can't just take it to any beach anywhere and just launch it then. Guess there's more red tape to it ?
     
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    I'm interested in this . Do you have any photos . Weights and size packed away etc. ? Ill message you my email if it makes it easier

    Gary
     
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    We've used boats with campers for the last 20 years and love the extra dimension it gives us.

    Currently on a towed RIB, but flip backwards and forwards between small airdeck boats that fit in a locker, towed RIBs and conventional boats image.jpg image.jpg
     
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    Nice boats Eddie and nice to see you again today although you were busy with other people. I ordered the megasat and avtex tv ....

    Looking at something small and not to heavy to stick in the garage of the motorhome and to have a bit of fun with .

    I like your rib more though :)
     
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    PM sent.
     
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    We bought a Honwave t38 inflatable with a 20hp honda engine at the NEC this week. Chose the largest inflatable they did (family of 6), with a decent size engine to cope with river and sea use. Didn't go for a solid floor as we're not (yet) keen fishermen and we won't be keeping it permanently inflated. It'll live in the vans garage, so ease of use was a must.
    I don't believe there's any law stopping you using one of these in the UK (need a powerboat licence over 6hp or 40hp in France and Italy, respectively), but yes you do need to pay a toll fee etc for use on rivers and such.
    Don't think the paperwork is too difficult as it seems most applications can be made online, or at the campsite if they are a marina and/or have boat launching facilities.
     
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    I will have to look into this.
     
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    if you look on the transom (the big flat bit at the rear ) of a dinghy you will see a motor rating , this is usually in Kilowatts , that is the maximum size of engine recommended by the manufacturer , also i would strongly recommend doing a R.Y.A. course if you intend going on the sea in a dinghy , the majority of accidents at sea occur in dinghies , never go out without flares , a hand held vhf (which you legally need a licence for ) life jackets for every one and an up to date weather forecast , alcohol should also be avoided.
    Ive spent a lot of time sailing solo around various parts of the UK coast , ive done about 5 courses on sailing , i dont have all the answers but to go to sea without the proper gear and tuition is asking for trouble . Ive sailed in all weathers , it can be great fun , but do be prepared .
     
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    That would be a yes here .:)
    RYA or Spanish equivalent, insurance , registration ,etc; which must ALL be carried with you when using it. Same for jet-ski's.

    Bit here;
    http://www.practicalspain.com/Sports.htm
     
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    Probably not a good idea to drive through small villages with this lot. Mine, at 8.5 mtrs is bad enough, but a shrimp compared to yours.
    Phil
     
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    I could be interested in the inflatable kayak, PM me when its for sale.
    Phil
    PS Annecys a great place innit.
     
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    Had several power boats over the years and presently considering another inflatable.

    .. I also instruct Sea Scouts on powerboat handling..

    Before taking to the water I would suggest / urge that you do the the RYA National Powerboat Level 2 training..
    .. it's a two day course and very worth while..

    boats are fun, but can also kill... remember the Padstow tragedy last year !
     
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    I have had a rib as a tender when in my boating time but I would suggest perhaps an inflatable with an inflatable keel, looks and performs almost the same but will fold smaller than a rib with grp bottom.
    With a 3metre rib a 10 HP outboard would be fun and quick and you can transport it on its side.
     
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    So if I take the coastal course does that also count as an inland certificate or do you have to take both ?
     
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