I really enjoyed the Sunday at Ribex, and describe two highlights.
Around Noon I went out with Andre on the Parker 9m Baltic, Nautiboy. In what I considered rough conditions, I enjoyed a relatively smooth ride and stayed dry! The Verados make no discernible noise. I can see why there has been so much mention of the boat on Ribnet. I also got the chance to pore over Sea Hawk 4, a 7.5m with the 300hp Mercruiser diesel inboard. Parker also had another 9m Rib with twin Diesel Inboards, comprising a fantastic display.
Lee Fairweather at Solent Ribs displayed a prototype 9m Boat; it has a new console similar to the recently improved design on the standard models, with which it shares seating etc. It was fitted with a single 300hp Suzuki outboard engine. In a demo very late Sunday afternoon, the boat gave an impressive ride in choppy water, cruising at over 50 mph both ways. I have limited experience of boats this size. I suggest Solent have a competitive hull, and once again use relatively light weight to achieve good performance.