OK. Earlier post was from my mobile. I am looking to get a number of 6.5m hulls with 140-200hp engines to try and dispell some of the urban myths on ride and speed in varying conditions. RIVA (Ballistic) has sugggested the challenge and I am keen to respond. This is not about rib racing - sharp turns, navigation etc - but about real world cruising by typical helms (not Cookee) at speed with no hard slamming (to upset those of a tender disposition). In other words, what is manageable and practical for a fast autumn spin in typical conditions. Assertions have been made that the Solent runs fast in the flat but can't keep up in the rough. My experience is that Ballistics are a hard ride. The Ribeye / Yam 150 4 stroke looked good at the weekend to / from Alderney, but I felt was siginificantly slower than the Solent in flatish conditions. I suggest we get a bunch of hulls together and invite a panel of experts to score the rides at the fastest practical (no slamming) speeds - awarding points for speed and ride. And we check the speeds properly two ways.
This is not about my boat is better than yours - it is about a recognition that all boats are an inevitable compromise, but some are speed oriented, others rough weather oriented. Ideally we should do the tests out beyond the Bridge and again in, say, Southampton Water.
This would be a real unbiased road test. Not sure who the experts should be - my nomination is Blue Ice's helm (RichardB) - but who else??
Perhaps manufactureres could pay for a day's fuel.......