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    New guy question. Is it possible to get an inflatable boat that doesn't need to be trailered. I live minutes from the Boston Harbor and I wouldn't have the space for a trailer or the money for mooring. Would like to just throw a deflated boat and small engine in an SUV. Is this possible?

  • #2
    I've seen some interesting configurations but this may be a great option for you. The Foldable RIB. Its got a fiberglass hull and folds into itself. The lightest one weighs about 85lbs so it wouldn’t be too bad to take up and back from the water.

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    • #3
      Back in 1980's I could fit a 12' 6" Zodiac SIB and 28 hp 2 stroke Mariner OB in the trunk of of a big Ford Torino. Here's a pic of my current 12' 6" SIB in back of six foot bed truck wrapped up like a sausage...so yes you could do it. They make much smaller SIB's check out above under "inflatable boats."

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      • #4
        Thanks guys I honestly thought I was going to have to get a trailer hitch and trailer. Those Foldable RIBs barely take up any space.

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        • #5
          Can go for any size air or alum deck sib. Air decks weights much less, are much faster to assembly and launch. The foldable Rib is not a small boat. It's much taller than it's width, excellent boating alternative, but pricey. From Rusia with Love..

          Happy Boating
          Sea Rider 320, 380 Sibs, 450 Rib, 2 Strokes Tohatsu 5,18 & 30 HP Proud Smokers

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          • #6
            Thanks sea rider. Let me get real greedy here. Which ones have the quickest setup, but will be stable in the harbor? I have a wife and two young kids and I image taking them to the different islands of the Boston Harbor for picnics. I'm willing to pay a little extra for good quality.

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            • #7
              If budget is not an issue. The foldable Rib is an excellent option. My Boating Club has a 365. It's very light, fast. With one up and just a Merc 6 HP planes very fast. It's used as a dinghy transport Rib. Good built, hypalon made. Check folded dimensions if fits inside on whatever you plan on trasporting it before buying...

              Happy Boating
              Sea Rider 320, 380 Sibs, 450 Rib, 2 Strokes Tohatsu 5,18 & 30 HP Proud Smokers

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              • #8
                So I googled 365 inflatable RIB and it came out with Walker Bay. Would this be the one you are referring to or is 365 mean a dimension? I was looking at west marine this morning and they had a few 310 and others, but I don't remember seeing a 365. Thanks again

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                • #9
                  365 is usually the lenght of the boat. Just forgot the name of the Russian foldable Rib who devloped this type of boat, latter when I go to the marina will check, if it's there will post some pics to have a look.

                  Happy Boating
                  Sea Rider 320, 380 Sibs, 450 Rib, 2 Strokes Tohatsu 5,18 & 30 HP Proud Smokers

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                  • #10
                    There are foldable trailers that are inexpensive that you can store in an upright position would that work for you? If it would you could then get a decent size hard floor SIb and you and your wife could put it together at home then trailer to the lake. That combination would be light enough that you could pull it with even a small car.

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                    • #11
                      The main issue with inflating and deflating your boat each trip is time.

                      It takes time to inflate and time to deflate. A higher power pump can make it quicker, but its still slower than just keeping the boat inflated.

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                      • #12
                        There you have it, was a 375 not a 365, so it's a 3.75 Mtr light Rib. Tubes are low-rim ones.

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                        Folds in 3 pieces, just unpack, unfold, bolt internal deck hinges, inflate all tubes, install OB and out you go. Reverse procedure when back.

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                        Excellent alternative, will outrun any other alum, air deck inflatable in equal size with same HP-OB.

                        Happy Boating
                        Sea Rider 320, 380 Sibs, 450 Rib, 2 Strokes Tohatsu 5,18 & 30 HP Proud Smokers

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                        • #13
                          Hey everyone thanks for the help. I went with an FRIB 375. Sea Rider I don't think win boats is still in business, but this looks quite similar. Anyways just got back in the country and I will have this waiting for me. Can't wait!

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                          • #14
                            Both brands have developed same folding type of inflatables, probably manufactured at differente ex socialist countries. Now boating is international. Have a good time, post water results..

                            Happy Boating
                            Sea Rider 320, 380 Sibs, 450 Rib, 2 Strokes Tohatsu 5,18 & 30 HP Proud Smokers

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                            • #15
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                              Have you got a motor for it yet?

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