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Old 14 August 2013, 04:26   #1
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Hi all. I'm looking to tour the Cyclades Islands in Greece next summer, where the winds are consistently 18-25 knots and the sea is extremely choppy with 1.5-3 metre waves coming in all directions. I'd like advice on which ribs would deal with this particular sea conditions the best. The advice I've had from locals is to buy a RIB of 8.5 meters plus. whist most of the time there will be only 3 people on board id like it to be able to Cruise comfortably at 30 knots with 10-12 passengers. I have a budget of up to 80,000 either new or nearly new. Thanks in advance
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Hi all. I'm looking to tour the Cyclades Islands in Greece next summer,
You lucky,lucky ba****d!

Big Scorp I reckon.
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Big Scorp I reckon.
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Just back from Greece, lots of Scorps out there. I think I saw more Scorps in the Peleponnese than any other make.
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Thanks how do Scorp's compare to hydromax for this area?
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Thanks how do Scorp's compare to hydromax for this area?
Are you asking numbers or performance?
If numbers, I'm afraid I would not recognise a Hydromax; performance you would need to canvas owners.
I certainly do not remember seeing "Hydromax" on any RIB tubes.
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Scorpion? Maybe...

I'm going to be shot down for saying this, because it goes against all accepted wisdom on here - but you should give very serious consideration to a Redbay Stormforce 850 or 950. The hull was designed specifically for fast operations in just the type of waters you describe - in their case, off the west coast of Scotland.

They are not as fast as a Scorpion (with the same powerplant) in calm water but when the boats have been run side by side in the rough, the Redbays have maintained higher average speeds. It's difficult to know if that is down to the helm, but my guess is that the Redbay has a more forgiving hull. I've put in hundreds of miles* in these craft (8m-10m+) and am just off the 950 that completed the Round Ireland 2013 course in fairly poxy weather conditions.

They build completely custom craft, so can create whatever layout you require - the hull is wide enough to accommodate three jockey seats abreast.
This is a concept for one with a "cabin" - with outboards instead of diesel, it would have space for all your PAX.



*Just totting it up - it's over 1200Nm so far
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I'm going to be shot down for saying this, because it goes against all accepted wisdom on here - but you should give very serious consideration to a Redbay Stormforce 850 or 950. :
Would yer man get there with a suitably spec'd RB for 80k? Coz' I'd imagine that he'd have to go new.
A used open Scorp would be more plentyful.
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I believe he would, or thereabouts, subject to his final demands specifications

Used asking price 69k: Linky
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Thanks Willk will defo check them out
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