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Old 16 June 2015, 16:21   #11
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The bigger and heavier you go the better the ride - so it seems.

I recently bought a big Zodiac SIB. Its a MK6 and 7 meters in length. Very heavy. I am still in the process of restoring it. Quite curious on how the ride will be. I hope the hi-riders will lift the boat out the water.

My concern is the ride will be too bumpy compared to a RIB. Any-one with experience on a big SIB? I hope it will be good??
I don't think I've ever seen a SIB that big never mind ridden in one. A 7m boat is bound to be better than a 4m boat of the same type but I think you would be very lucky if a 7m SIB is better than a RIB - RIBs were invented for a reason! SIBs have their place which is why the RNLI who effectively made the rib a success still use SIBs too.
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Old 16 June 2015, 18:40   #12
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I had a Zodiac Mk2C which was 4.2m in length. This boat was always nose-up before going on the plain.

With the bigger boat now I cant think it would do the same as its too long at 7m. I also hope the futura hi-riders will give a better ride.

Agreed this is not a deep V, but the weight and size of the boat should make it a good ride with flat seas. Or so I hope.
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I had a Zodiac Mk2C which was 4.2m in length. This boat was always nose-up before going on the plain.

With the bigger boat now I cant think it would do the same as its too long at 7m. I also hope the futura hi-riders will give a better ride.

Agreed this is not a deep V, but the weight and size of the boat should make it a good ride with flat seas. Or so I hope.
Pretty much any planing hull, regardless of length, will lift at the bow as it climbs over the 'hump' and onto the plane.

I had a 4.7m Futura and it performed just like the 3.5m Mk1, quick lively and skimmed over the waves. Like all Futura's you need a brave throttle hand to get the best from it
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