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Old 15 August 2005, 11:21   #11
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Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Hissing Sid
Make: Ross Smith Cobra
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200HP Optimax
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wow, that is a minter, wish my rib was in that good a nick!
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Old 15 August 2005, 17:37   #12
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Town: Principalite d'Chaos
Boat name: The Nashers Revenge!
Make: Ocean & Bombard
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzi DT200EFI, DT9.9
MMSI: "Mmmmm SI" she said!
Join Date: Jan 2004
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I grew up with Force 4's, my father had one of the first ones, and I still love them. Wish I could have kept my last one with its 55HP Suzi when I brought My Ocean. I just wanted to go further in more comfort with the family on board.

This is where I get VERY Sad, and should get out more.
The Blunt tube ends, are very early, along with the Strip style handle down the side, and the screen with the turned over top didn't survive into later production either, but I can't remember ever seeing one with metal handles on the transom instead of the plastic ones.
Its also still got that awful steering bracket bolted on.

Love it. Miss mine even more, and want another, just for me.


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Old 16 August 2005, 05:10   #13
Country: UK - England
Town: Cumbria
Length: 4m +
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Many thanks for all the very kind compliments. I can't take any of the credit: it was stored in a garage for nearly 30 years by the previous owner and never used.
Took her out yesterday for the first time in anger. Drew a lot of people, and I was surprised at the number of people who recognised it straight away as a Flatacraft!
Unfortunately the Lakes are limited to 10mph so we had to throttle down a lot, a brief "mistake" or two with the throttle revealed a good engine and an easy ability to plane. What amazed me even more was the self drainer at the stern. This boat simply has a flap of hypalon over the self drainer and I really didn't think it would be up to the job: but it was!
It felt a bit like driving an open-top classic car (very snug fit for two in those front seats!). Comfortable wee boat and a very pleasant reintroduction back into, anyone got a Vipermax for sale????

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