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Old 22 August 2014, 05:38   #11
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We had an Orkney Vanguard, which when we just wanted an estuary and bay hopping boat with little kids was perfect. We were never going to be out in any weather that would get the benefit of a RIB. The space and cuddy for the kids to be under was priceless when the kids were 2-7.
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Old 22 August 2014, 10:45   #12
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Thank you all, very much appreciated!

They are after a small motorboat that can be towed behind there estate car. The more thought I give it, the more I believe that some form of cuddy or pilot house would be a huge benefit for the kids, as mentioned here. Shame no one seems to make a rib with one at a competitive price.

How did the Orkney Vanguard perform in chop? The hull is supposed to be good, especially if not pushed too hard. Fisherman seem to think well of the Orkney range.
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The sort of chop you'd be out in with kids - great.

We got caught a couple of times coming back into Fowey in big waves and she was fine.

That hull was happy running at between 14-18 knots on the plane, it isn't a speed demon and it isn't the boat if you want to do lots of off shore heavy weather stuff - you want a RIB for that.

When we were looking, one of my friends said "warm dry kids are happy kids, happy kids equals happy wife. Happy wife means more boating"

He was right, there were plenty of holidays where we used the boat every day, whilst if we didn't have the shelter for the kids a RIB or any open boat for that matter would have stayed on the trailer or in the marina. For us at the time in life, I can't recommend a boat with shelter enough. That particular boat worked for us as my wife liked the looks of the boat.

We have sold the boat now the kids are 5 and 7 and want more thrills and spills, I'm back racing keel boats and we have an Aerotec with a 15hp which we keep in the garage of the motorhome.

*edit* the boat being an Orkney held its value very very well during the time we had her. We looked after her and selling was a very easy process
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Thank you all, very much appreciated!

They are after a small motorboat that can be towed behind there estate car. The more thought I give it, the more I believe that some form of cuddy or pilot house would be a huge benefit for the kids, as mentioned here. Shame no one seems to make a rib with one at a competitive price.

How did the Orkney Vanguard perform in chop? The hull is supposed to be good, especially if not pushed too hard. Fisherman seem to think well of the Orkney range.
The Orkney Boats I've been on,and seen belonging to friends perform as well...or Better than all the other smallish hardboats I've tried of the same size.....they are well built and hold value amazingly!..I had a "longliner" (no Cuddy)with a 15hp 5 yrs and it was pretty good in light to med Chop,and quite dry, considering,with decent Sea Keeping.
The trick is not asking too much of that type of Boat...having said that I got caught in a few squalls and never felt unsafe!
It's just hard to be too complimentary....when you've had RIB's!
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Maximus - totally agree, we had RIBS before and I was using an 8 metre Scorpion at the time we had the Orkney.

You've hit the nail on the head - don't expect to much from a hard boat and if you do go that route an Orkney is a safe place to put your money.

Well as safe as a boat can be!!
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All good stuff, thanks. Passed it on and it was well received. They will focus on a hard boat with some form of cuddy/ small cabin but possibly go down the RIB route in the future. Also showed him this forum, seems to be a wealth of info. here.
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I'm late this this conversation but I took some friends out whale watching the other day and they couldn't stop saying, "I've never been in a boat this small that rides so smooth". Small being a 7m zodiac but it was nice to hear from somebody I've never boated with.

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Cheers. A deep v hulled RIB would certainly provide a better ride in the chop but, in this case, the advantage of some form of shelter for the family outweighs this. They plan to use it when the weather is suitable for family trips around the coastline. As the boat will also spend some time on a mooring, a traditional boat would also avoid the hassle of keeping the tubes clean and free from fouling.

I suspect they will move on to a RIB later though, when the kids are older.
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