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Old 18 July 2007, 21:33   #11
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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!!!
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Old 18 July 2007, 22:38   #12
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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!

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