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Old 25 January 2008, 10:48   #61
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Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Yoda & Obi Wan
Make: Valiant 750 & XS600
Length: 7m +
Engine: 150, 115 HP
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Hi Lordy

Why don't you take a look at the ZAR range of boats. You might find they give you a good balance of what you are looking for - the sea keeping of a RIB with the comfort and practicality of a sportsboat. The website is

I think your £17k would buy you a new 4.7 with 50 HP Engine and Trailer:

Worth bearing in mind that ZAR measure their boats differently form most builders, so there 4.7 is equivalant to a 5.something from most other RIB builders.

To clarify mu position, we do some training, handover and deliveries for the UK importer. We have found that the uniquely shaped hull is ideal for our choppier Solent conditions, giving a very composed and dry ride. Very stable at rest too so ideal if you want to have lunch aboard etc. We have talen these boats cross channel no problme and so far the owners I have met have all been very happy

The guy to talk to is Dan Cross, he sometimes posts on here and is very helpful.

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Old 27 January 2008, 15:02   #62
Country: UK - Wales
Town: West Wales
Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
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Originally Posted by Lordy View Post
...I'm looking at used bowriders....
Originally Posted by Pete7 View Post could have a look on
I expect Mr Fuller will gladly share his opinion of bowriders

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Old 27 January 2008, 16:14   #63
Country: UK - Wales
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Boat name: Too Blue
Length: 8m +
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I don't know about that - when I mentioned that they weren't exactly man enough for the job he went nuts - maybe he just hasn't come out yet..........

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