Originally Posted by Pete7
Its not that disimilar to the rap around windscreen of the larger Redbays. Having sat behind one on a wet and windy trip in Oban I can confirm that they are superb bit of kit and sod the aesthetics.
Isn't this the difference between Ribnet who use boats as a form of transport and Boatmad who like to polish, admire and talk about it rather than do it
The Excalibur 8.7 was ordered and designed for use without the top, in our case the top was only ever intended for mooring and getting the family home in a comfortable state if the weather turned nasty as well as being easy on the eye (or as easy as it could be).
From our experience to date I can honestly say that Joe has got the height and the angle of the screen absolutely spot on, you can look over the screen yet the water is deflected away, with four kids on board you have no idea how important that is (they all want to go ribbing again next weekend) on a dry day this rib certainly does not need a top and does away with wet gear.
We looked at the Red Bay prior to ordering from Joe but having spoken to some Red Bay wrap around owners we were led to believe that the cover was difficult to remove and replace and that is why you do not see the Red Bay wrap around with the top off too often.
Joe has obviously learned from experience and promised us a wrap around with a top that was first and foremost easily removed and replaced, (removal takes under 60 seconds) and replacing takes approx. 3 min, this should get quicker with practice.
I would like to thank the well wishers on this excellent site and if you are ever in our neck of the woods I am sure Joe would be delighted to give you a demo on our Excalibur.