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Old 10 November 2005, 11:49   #1
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Another birth - Excalibur 8.5 wrap

Had a great couple of weekends trying to break....eer sea trial the new Excalibur 8.5m wrap around (www.gaelforceventures.com ). Volvo 350 in the back, bunks and sea toilet up the front, 45+ knots with the wrong prop on - should be pushing 50 with the new prop. Drives like a dream, plenty power and I want one!! Heres a couple of pics we took over the last couple of weekends

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Old 10 November 2005, 12:00   #2
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Wow - nice boat - and still a proper RIB - nice to see the tubes actually touch the water!!!
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I have to say I'm very very impressed with this manufacturer.

Attention to detail, good looks, decent prices.....I want one!!!

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Old 10 November 2005, 14:48   #4
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What the "F" is that?!! Sorry guys, that thing looks bloody awful!! In my opinion.
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Old 10 November 2005, 15:41   #5
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What the "F" is that?!! Sorry guys, that thing looks bloody awful!! In my opinion.
i am afraid that at first glance i have to agree that it is not the nicest looking boat i have seen, in fact it does look ugly, looks like about 3 boats fused together by some sort of dr who machine. Not my cup of t but might look better in the flesh....or maybe not.......in my opinion as well!!!!
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Old 10 November 2005, 17:13   #6
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Hey Jon,

Heard about this one a while back, from the guy who owns Whispering Pines (can't remember his name, but he's got one on of these on order too and he's selling his 8.0m) From what I heard this is gonna be one seriously good offshore RIB, as if the other Excaliburs weren't capable enough already!

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What the "F" is that?!! Sorry guys, that thing looks bloody awful!! In my opinion.
Thats really not what these boats are all about though is it, I mean what help is looking good when you're battling a force 8, 30 miles offshore in the middle of the night. Nobody's gonna see ya out there now are they??

Anyways I think it looks alright in the photos but will look a hundred times better in the Hyp!! Hopefully I'll see her this weekend maybe, I should be out and about on Saturday for a blast. Jon, was that photo taken on the Owenabue river? Its a stones throw from me, but gets very shallow I should really pop in to the new factory to have an ol' look around, but I'm afraid it'll end up being a very expensive trip.

Anyways, well done Joe and James, looks like Redbay are gonna have to start catching up now!!
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Old 10 November 2005, 18:11   #7
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Hey Jon,

Heard about this one a while back, from the guy who owns Whispering Pines (can't remember his name, but he's got one on of these on order too and he's selling his 8.0m) From what I heard this is gonna be one seriously good offshore RIB, as if the other Excaliburs weren't capable enough already!


Thats really not what these boats are all about though is it, I mean what help is looking good when you're battling a force 8, 30 miles offshore in the middle of the night. Nobody's gonna see ya out there now are they??

Anyways I think it looks alright in the photos but will look a hundred times better in the Hyp!! Hopefully I'll see her this weekend maybe, I should be out and about on Saturday for a blast. Jon, was that photo taken on the Owenabue river? Its a stones throw from me, but gets very shallow I should really pop in to the new factory to have an ol' look around, but I'm afraid it'll end up being a very expensive trip.

Anyways, well done Joe and James, looks like Redbay are gonna have to start catching up now!!

All the testing was done in Kinsale. One a day that had big breaking waves at the entrance. Not once did she take water over her bow even when we tried to stuff it. you are right in saying this is a serious offshore boat with a 45 gall fuel capacity. The guy who's bought her has small kids and the high sides provide safety and the detachable hood keeps the kids and the wife dry and more importantly "boat friendly"

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i must admit it seems a bit ugly but you are right in that it will give lots of protection for the family and keep em warm and safe which is a serious consideration

mind you i expect they are not cheap

is 45 gal capacity enough fuel for the big girl?

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All the testing was done in Kinsale. One a day that had big breaking waves at the entrance. Not once did she take water over her bow even when we tried to stuff it. you are right in saying this is a serious offshore boat with a 45 gall fuel capacity. The guy who's bought her has small kids and the high sides provide safety and the detachable hood keeps the kids and the wife dry and more importantly "boat friendly"

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Old 10 November 2005, 21:12   #9
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It certainly wins the ugly prize and 45 galls seems minascule if it really is an offshore boat

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Ive got 40 gallons in my 5.85 for a suzuki 140 !!!

surely you need at least 100 gallons in an "off shore" Rib
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