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Old 10 September 2012, 15:19   #71
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It's a Walker Bay Generation 430 - probably not many people's choice but it suits my purpose.
LOL, that killed any interest in this thread. Obviously not a 'proper' RIB
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Old 10 September 2012, 15:50   #72
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What sort of use will it be getting?
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Old 10 September 2012, 16:42   #73
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What sort of use will it be getting?
Mainly for days out on the Solent (I usually launch from Warsash), over to the Island and along the coast between Lymington and Chichester perhaps. Wouldn't mind going round the island someday, but appreciate I'd need to pick the right day!

Usually 2 to 4 adults, sometimes plus the family dog.
Not bothered about pulling skier/toys.
Unlikely to go out in anything more than a F4/F5.
More interested in comfort than outright performance.
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Sounds like a 4-stroke would suit your needs and would be a lot more tolerable than a noisier 2-stroke, as the helm/passenger seat is very close to the motor.

There appears to be a lot of weight aft (presumably, the fuel tank & battery sit in the moulding behind the helm seat?), so a light weight motor would help the balance. The dog may have to go in the bow locker.
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It's a Walker Bay Generation 430 - probably not many people's choice but it suits my purpose.
What would be your requirements from a rib?
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Old 10 September 2012, 17:11   #76
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Sounds like a 4-stroke would suit your needs and would be a lot more tolerable than a noisier 2-stroke, as the helm/passenger seat is very close to the motor.

There appears to be a lot of weight aft (presumably, the fuel tank & battery sit in the moulding behind the helm seat?), so a light weight motor would help the balance. The dog may have to go in the bow locker.
We've been used to sitting closer to the motor in the Avon 340!

As for weight distribution, the 66 litre fuel tank is built in and positioned below deck up near the bow, and the battery is under the steering console.
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Yep, that's the one.
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Which others were on the shortlist?
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Which others were on the shortlist?
Initially looked at the Brig Falcon 450, Avon Adventure 410/470 and Ribtec 450, but decided none really did it for me. Turned my attention to the Zodiac Yachtline 420 and Avon Seasport DL but discounted those too as both have a relatively shallow V hull.

I'd looked at the Generation models at the Boatshow in 2010, but initially excluded them on cost, but the deeper V hull combined with the 'deluxe' layout/features brought it back into the frame. There's not much to compare, and I got a good deal on the showroom display boat.
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