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Old 15 July 2008, 11:07   #1
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I'm absolutely addicted now

I spent all last weekend on the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. Loved every minute.

I've only had my Apex for a bit over a month and I already want to upgrade to something with a jockey console and a bit longer legs!

My RIB is absolutely fine on the patuxent but out on te bay I have to stand up, as sitting on the bench seat at the console just doesn' feel right in heavier water.

Am I nuts?? I've been eyeing the Seariders, and trying to justify going into hock for a bigger toy!
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Old 17 July 2008, 08:44   #2
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Am I nuts?? I've been eyeing the Seariders, and trying to justify going into hock for a bigger toy!
And so it begins... Foot-itis! (And yes, bigger is always better...)

Glad you're enjoying your new toy!
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Old 17 July 2008, 13:29   #3
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I would have to agree with the Foot-itis thing. 4 years ago I had 3 meter SIB, then a year later to a 3.8 meter RIB, and now I have a 4.3 meter RIB a year
later.

I tend to stand up in rougher water, but to get a better view of what's ahead.

The size seems alright for now, but you always ponder about just a bit bigger. I have been thinking about a 4.7 or 4.8 for awhile now. But then you think about gas, storage, and ease of use alone. My CR-V has a 1500 lb. towing capacity, so I have to be within that range.

I think that a 5m would be the max I could fit in my garage. Then finding the right 5m RIB on this side of the pond can be a troublesome task.
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Old 17 July 2008, 20:08   #4
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My CR-V has a 1500 lb. towing capacity, so I have to be within that range.
That's 1500KG not 1500lb. Check it out here(click) and here (click) for a later model which show 1600KG.
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Old 17 July 2008, 22:31   #5
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towing limit

Nos, Perhaps what's sold in the UK is different, but He's right about the USA model. Take a look at this: http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/specifications.aspx. This is from the US web site.

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Old 17 July 2008, 23:40   #6
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That is most definitely odd. The UK model is a 2.0 liter and yet has a higher tow rating than the U.S. model.

http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/sp...CR-V&trimid=-1

Payload & Towing
Four-Wheel Drive
Trims

4WD LX

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Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 106.00 106.00
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 33.50 33.50
Standard Towing (lb.) 1500 1500
Maximum Towing (lb.) 1500 1500

But what is even more strange is the torque specs:

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Standard Engine 2.4L 160 hp 4 2.4L 160 hp 4
Horsepower 160 @ 6000 RPM 160 @ 6000 RPM
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That is most definitely odd. The UK model is a 2.0 liter and yet has a higher tow rating than the U.S. model.
Lower hills and shorter distances? Or just different government standards..?
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PacificNW, take a look under the bonnet-it may have a plate there with the weights on it.
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Old 18 July 2008, 10:49   #9
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That's 1500KG not 1500lb. Check it out here(click) and here (click) for a later model which show 1600KG.
This is not at all unusual. My wife's Saab wagon is tow rated for IIRC, 1000 lbs in the USA. The exact same car (NO production differences) is rated 1500 kg in Europe. That's 3300 lbs. I've towed a 2000 lb load of a sailboat stacked in the Searider from MA to FL, ~2000 mile round trip, no problem at all. 17 MPG on that trip, 30+ highway without a trailer. Would probably get in trouble if I were stopped or had an accident, but an acceptable risk to me. I have plenty of heavier towing experience.

It's our lovely American legal system, I'm quite certain...
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