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Old 29 May 2006, 07:12   #191
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Look forward to see some pictures and I am very sorry to miss out this venue, just back from Akureyri after very cold but successful weekend.

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yes you missed a good event but one cannot be in two places at the same time
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Old 29 May 2006, 08:44   #192
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andre - thanks for arranging another excellent event. It was good to meet some new faces, and of course the familiar ones too !
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Old 29 May 2006, 09:15   #193
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Good write up Ben,brilliant weekend,thanks to Andre and the Littlehampton Ribsters for the hospitality and to Andre for letting me drive his excellent Parker.
The trip to Worthing and back was great with a lot of boatswapping going on giving people the chance to try boats they may not normally drive.
I know Bruce is keen to get feed back on the Prime so please let him know what you think,watching it on the trip there and back it seemed to "eat the waves"
We came back via the inner passage,seemed a lot quicker to me and only a few rougher bits.
I look forward to seeing the pictures
It was a very good idea to drive other ribs cos not aways one has such an opportunity. I think I most enjoyed driving Fujimo belonging to The Edges a Ribcraft 5.3 with a 90 HP Mariner. Now that is a fun rib. Ideal as a starter rib which gives great pleasure and satisfaction. Would do better with 2 additional jockeys seats in the back instead of the bench seat. However that provides nice storage space

Also had the opportunity to drive ! Prime Rib and Farfetched the Solent 6.5 belonging to Brucehawsker. Both ribs are of a similar size to my Seahawk 3 only petrol and not diesel so it took a while to getting used to the instant engine response and rapid accelaration . Both ribs performed very well although more enjoyed the ride on 1 Prime Rib when Kiran was at the helm and not I. As for my negative points then did not like the seats on 1 Prime Rib . In a standing position I like to support my back on the backrest and in that position the shape of the seat was biting into the side of my knee causing some pain. This was due to not enough space for the right foot between the pod and tube. Kiran said it was ok for him and in that respect I can agree as he was standing very close to the helm and not leaning against the backrest so more foot space. Bruce I suggest you address this issue cos if I was testing to buy then that would put me off
As for Bruce's Farfetched then this was my very first opportunity to not only being on a Solent rib but even to drive one. Firstly I must stress that I am very uneasy driving other people's ribs. However enjoyed the ride and the Optimax 150 is just the right engine for that rib .
What I did not like was that the jockey seats did not give much back support. But perhaps that is just me .
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Old 29 May 2006, 15:12   #194
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A big thank you to Andre for organising the event - much appreciated!

Another big thankyou to Bruce/Paul - thanks for leading the convoy to and from littlehampton - a great job done!
Ill 2nd that!

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And thank you to Gray for being such great crew - Was nice for someone to be driving my boat in the rough so that I can enjoy the view
Thanks Ben, it was a pleasure to drive your boat!

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On the way up to littlehampton we had a rough ride, we had too much weight in the front of the boat which brought the nose down quite quickly over every wave which gave us a lot of splash and the strong winds blowing it straight into our faces. I managed to semi-stuff the boat a couple of times however, didnt fill the boat with water - which was a bonus!
Ye was a bit bouncy but there was only the one noticable semi-stuff. Boat recovered well (as did Ben) with no problems.

As my first Ribnet event I really enjoyed myself, was a bit worried i would feel like a spare part but everyone was really friendly!

The food at the Arun View was delicious, made better by good company. I was sitting next to JK but he seemed more interested in the hand held games console than anything else! The Party later on was fun, hopefully Kieran and his Mrs have forgiven me for the Sambuca shots!!

All in all an excellent weekend! Hope to be there next year!
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I just want to add my thanks to Andre for a great day out on Saturday, and a really excellent meal in the evening. The Arun View really did us proud! It's always good to put some more faces to names, I'm sorry I didn't get to speak to everyone though.
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It was a very good idea to drive other ribs cos not aways one has such an opportunity. I think I most enjoyed driving Fujimo belonging to The Edges a Ribcraft 5.3 with a 90 HP Mariner.
That Ribcraft is a great little boat. I took it for a spin on Saturday afternoon (thanks Andy!) when the weather was horrible, and had so much fun we were almost out of sight of land before I even thought about turning back!

As fuel prices keep on rising, I wonder if we'll be seeing more people chosing smaller RIBs like these?

Oh, and I also drove Andre's latest Parker 6.3 diesel, and I'm happy to say that I didn't manage to stuff it this time. After the last time I drove a Parker they modified the bow design to make it higher and less stuffable. Seems to have done the trick.

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I just want to add my thanks to Andre for a great day out on Saturday, and a really excellent meal in the evening. The Arun View really did us proud! It's always good to put some more faces to names, I'm sorry I didn't get to speak to everyone though.
That Ribcraft is a great little boat. I took it for a spin on Saturday afternoon (thanks Andy!) when the weather was horrible, and had so much fun we were almost out of sight of land before I even thought about turning back!

As fuel prices keep on rising, I wonder if we'll be seeing more people chosing smaller RIBs like these?

Oh, and I also drove Andre's latest Parker 6.3 diesel, and I'm happy to say that I didn't manage to stuff it this time. After the last time I drove a Parker they modified the bow design to make it higher and less stuffable. Seems to have done the trick.

John
It was sad to say goodbye to Fujimo on Sunday night. Handed over to the new owner in Poole. Alex and James fell asleep as we left Littlehampton and didnt really wake until we arrived home just before 10pm
Fantastic hospitality from Andre and Wesia
It was good to meet you all
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Old 29 May 2006, 17:15   #197
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Thank you Andre for organisation, a great time, and your help and comments.

I drove the 6.5M Ballistic with a small (115?) E tec on the back and found it a bit of a 'large American car' expereince. Four seater. A little dead to my taste, both in acceleration, and in the feedback as you drove her. Quite hard ride (my driving?) and some uncertainty on landings, but I would need to gain expereince before really forming a view. Felt a bit 'bulky'. Did not like the cosmetics of the safety line on the tubes, nor the slightly overpowering console.

Drove the Prime to compare it to Farfetched. Same configuration - 6.5M, six jockeys. Prime with 140 suzuki, I have a 150 opti.

As my son summed it up, Farfetched is a brute and we love her. She screams at you, it very certain in her ride, very secure, no surprises on landing, softer than the Ballisitic. The Prime is a softer ride again, more comfortable, you can sit on the seats in sea conditions which make standing on Farfetched essential! She is more jittery on the sea - slighlty shorter effective hull length - so the ride is a tad less smooth, but all the big bumps seem to be ironed out entirely. Thus it is a more restful, and comfortable sitting down ride in 'normal conditions' - with the high windscreen proving very effective. Farfetched needs to be driven hard, and trimmed well, and is superb. Prime can be driven less hard, and is less sensitive to trim, running flatter, it seems. An ideal 'first time' rib - as she was designed to be.

The cost - about 5 knots with Prime averaging WOT 38.5 knots with three adults and a half tank. And she really needs to be trimmed right down for accelleration from a standing start. Very safe on turns, when trimmed down.

Farfetched feels a more bulky boat - possibly the console being a bit further back and the longer nose makes her feel bigger. Prime feels snug and comfortable - a sportif family saloon and less the long nosed beast.

Farfetched WOT in these conditions is about 43.5Knots.

Consumption - Prime about 1.0l/nm, Farfetched 1.1l/nm.

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I drove the 6.5M Ballistic with a small (115?) E tec on the back and found it a bit of a 'large American car' expereince. Four seater. A little dead to my taste, both in acceleration, and in the feedback as you drove her. Quite hard ride (my driving?)
It's not your driving, it's the hull design.

The scalloped chines have a lot of flat area which gives loads of lift (good for load carrying, speed and economical use of power) but slaps down hard (not so good for comfort).

I used to own a 5.7m Crompton which has a similar hull design, and have driven a 6.8 Crompton and a few Ballistics. It's the same story for all of them. Horses for courses!

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Old 30 May 2006, 09:01   #199
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Great weekend

Hi Andre,

Just a few words to say ‘Many thanks’ for organising a great weekend.

Ride over from Southampton was surprisingly smooth given we had a good F5 on the quarter. At times wet and wild but always great fun. We never once slammed and found we could sit comfortably for the whole trip – much to my surprise.

On Sunday whilst the rest of the team went and played at sea, Nina & I had the company of Rosie & Ian for a trip up the Arun. Have always wanted to do that trip and we were not disappointed. Arundel by river is very imposing, with the river winding its way round the town allowing us several different views. Ended up at Amberly for a drink and lunch.

As the forcast for Monday was Westerly 5 to 6 we decided it was time to learn the art of trailing. Am sure the boat would have been up to it but did not relish the thought of all that spray in the eyes again! Must get some goggles.

Whole weekend toped off by great company who all made a ‘newboy’ very welcomed. Am looking forward to meeting up again in the near future.

Once again many thanks…………..Charlie & Nina (Shrek)
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Hi Charlie & Nina

Great you had a wonderful time cos that is what cruising is all about.

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* Interesting destination,
* if possible acceptable weather,
* good sleeping accomodation,
* good food
* most of all good company

I would say we managed the lot
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