Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 18 July 2007, 20:33   #11
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: Too Blue
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki DT225
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 12,791
Originally Posted by Richard B View Post
It's got a lot do do with the stability of the whole rig though. V short boats will steer very sharply with tiny tiller movements and can be very disconcerting at first. Zapcats have "rails" on the base of each tube so they are hardly comparable with a shallow V hull. Did you push the D-class to the limit in a choppy sea and take off over some swells?
I didn't get anywhere near the limit of the D class considering the RNLI mechanic told me he once took it out in a Force 12 to recover the crew of the all weather boat which had engine problems.

We did have some fun in the rough stuff though - strange feeling as it bends over the waves which a RIB obviously doesn't do!!!

codprawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18 July 2007, 21:38   #12
Country: USA
Town: Windsor CT
Boat name: Blue Moon
Make: ribcraft 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: 150 hp honda
MMSI: 338051172
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 139
Years ago I had a 12.5 ft Dynous SIB with a 25 HP Yam. It went well and fast. The rig had tiller steering. The boat handled well, although the steering was very tight.

Only problem was with the front floor board cracking from hitting waves. After re-enforcing boards, no problems, so excercise care, but have fun! uncommon art

ribfan is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:41.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.