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Old 31 December 2001, 03:05   #11
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Its all about getting confidence in just what your own RIB (and yourself!) is capable of. I used to have a Coronet 23 (twin 120s) and it gave no confidence in anything over F3-4. But in a 5.5 rib 6+ is no problem. So much more buoyancy, so much less slamming etc.
For info - Bangor to Portpatrick, 24 miles, about 60 litres there and back, 115HP Merc.
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Old 31 December 2001, 10:11   #12
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A reasonably good analogy would be comparing a sports cruiser versus a RIB with a Luxury Saloon car versus say a Land Rover Discovery .

Ribs are really a 4 wheel drive boat . With proper training and planning you can enjoy yourself in comfort and safety in a RIB in place where a large sports cruiser would be crashing and banging.

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