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Old 18 September 2008, 09:36   #1
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Any flatacraft fans?

As you can probibly tell from my recent posts I'm looking at all kinds of boat.
Flatacraft seem to be very reasonably priced. I know there are allot of searider fans on here but how do Flatacraft compare?
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Old 18 September 2008, 09:44   #2
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I nearly bought one without the underside taping. It would have been a 300 repair and the chap could only guaruntee me a single season with the new tape until i'd have to shell out another 300. Later learned that it's a common and expensive problem on Flatacraft boats!

The only other things i know is that they're 'reasonably priced' or cheap, they depreciate and aren't terribly desiarable to own making them difficult to re-sell. Please correct me if i'm wrong, this is only what i've heard!

However, there are plenty of Searider fans on here for a reason :P

P.S are Flatacraft actually still making new boats?
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Old 18 September 2008, 09:56   #3
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P.S are Flatacraft actually still making new boats?
Short answer: YES - I think

Someone else can fill in greater detail but I'm pretty sure that the brandname has now been resurrected (see details from Seawork exhibition website below)

Company Name: Flatacraft Ltd
Address: Unit 5 Holton Road, Holton Heath Industrial Park
City: Poole
County: Dorset
Postcode: BH16 6LG
Country: United Kingdom
Phone: +44(0)1202 623828

That said I tried to check the flatacraft.com website and only got a holding page whereas when I'd checked it a few months ago it was up and running ...

Your guess is as good as mine
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My Father had one of the first force 4s ever made, and had two more over the years. I ended up with the last one which was great fun with a 55HP suzi triple on the back. See pic below.

It was great fun and Very fast, but not really a rough water boat.

There are a lot of really rough ones about now but they are no more expensive or difficult to repair than others. I actually think they are better boats with the original seating layout.

A couple of guys that JK knows brought the rights to the name etc about 3 years ago, they also brought the domain names off me as I'd had them for a while. They'd built a few small boats the last time I heard, which were aimed at the luxury tender market, and even had one at Southampton last year.
There were plans for a 6.5m which I've not heard anything about.

Has gone quiet for the last year apart from some queries about the domain name registration which had not been transfered properly.

If I could afford two boats I'd have another.

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There's some pics of the new ones here:-

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=18078

I'd have a f4 as a second boat too-just for really nice days-and I agree with Nasher about the seating. It's quite a shallow boat and the only one I saw with a jockey console looked too easy to fall out of.
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What's the underside taping? And is it a big problem with the type of boat?

This is one I've found for sale.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...tab%3DWatching

So not an all year round RIB then? That's ruled that out then. Are the 4m seariders better for rougher seas? What ever RIB I get will sometimes be launched out at sea from a bigger boat.
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What's the underside taping? And is it a big problem with the type of boat?
I can only think of the strip of Hypalon joining the tubes to the hull.
They were not an issue on any Force 4 I've seen.

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That looks quite nice, one of the cleaner examples left around.

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Are the 4m seariders better for rougher seas?
As much as I hate to admit it - Yes, every time.

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If you go to view a Force 4 check for cracking of the inner deck.
The outer hull molding doesn't appear to suffer, but the lighter inner molding cracks around the footwell.

The other thing to check is the seat frame.
If original it will be made from plywood bolted together which rots badly. I replaced the frame of my seats with a copy I fabricated out of sheet and angle Aluminium.

The original windscreens are no longer available, and tend to crack as people grab them getting in and out. I made several out of smoked 4mm Polycarbonate.

One more thing, the original bent stainless steel tube transom stays are rubbish and need to be replaced with something stronger. Again I welded up my own from thick wall stainless tube and 5mm plate.


If you need to know anything specific just let me know.

I really wish I still had mine as well as my current RIB.
I went for the bigger boat to cruise in with my family, but would like the mad fun of the Force 4 as well.
Beware though, over the years I turned ours over sideways, and flipped it over backwards. easy enough to flip back over though.

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Old 18 September 2008, 13:21   #9
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Thanks NAsher. very informative!
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No problem.

Have a look here:-

http://www.9elderberry.freeserve.co.uk/flatpage.htm

In one of the images you can see where I repaired the footwell after it cracked.

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