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Old 21 July 2010, 19:21   #71
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if you do get the avon560, do let us know how you like it...I presume this will be your first RIB coming from a cuddy cruiser/bowrider type speedboat so it would really be interesting how does the 560 which doesn't have so good feedback compare your previous boat?
I have not owned one but I have been out a handful of times in familiar slightly choppy conditions here in both a small (maybe 5.5m not sure) cabin boat and in a similar sized speedboat, and in both of them I thought the ride was harsh and very noisy - continual slapslapslap of even small waves on the hull and they seemed to get chucked about in small waves that I know I would not even have noticed in the Destroyer. I would be truly scared to take either of them out in the sort of open sea rolling swell conditions that are entertaining in the rib, maybe a false sense of security by being surrounded by unsinkable blow up bits but the Destroyer just felt it could handle that sort of stuff and the little hardboats just didn't.

So on the basis of my limited experience I think going from a flat bottomed cabin cruiser to a 560 will seem like a hell of an upgrade, though not as big an upgrade as going to a deep V offshore style of rib.
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Old 22 July 2010, 03:01   #72
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if people want a serious offshore rib it's become clear as day that this avon isn't gonna be the best choice. maybe their other range or a diff make of rib will be better for that application.

i'm still actively looking but most i see ATM fall straight into the ugly as hell category.

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Old 23 July 2010, 05:14   #73
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Well, i have never had a problem with my 560 in any weather . Yes you have to adjust to diff weather conditions, all the time, differant boat handle diff. yes but that is where your experiance a seamanship comes in, the avon 560 will get you home, go ahead and buy it youll have plenty of fun in it and gain exp in diff weather conds. we get just as much bad weather up here in the nw irish sea .ive been out in d class and atlantic many times in nasty seas, The avon will follow trust me. regards
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Old 23 July 2010, 05:39   #74
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thanks searover, ever had any hull problems like mentioned before?

will find out for myself tomorrow how it handles.

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ive been out in d class and atlantic many times in nasty seas, The avon will follow trust me. regards
Best give Poole a ring and tell them to buy some Avon Adventures rather than spending 120,000 on Atlantics, or was the Adventure on a length of rope so didn't have any choice?
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Old 23 July 2010, 12:42   #76
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Hi. no , but i dont drive it on ,trailer either, and have two side bunks for it to sit comfy as well as rollers. regards.
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will find out for myself tomorrow how it handles.
Did you buy it?
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yup-went out for an hour on saturday and it's bloody magic! first go on a rib so can't comment versus others.

it was kind of choppy and i would have needed to slow down from 30mph to maybe 10mph in my old hull at times-didn't bother this at all so for ME it's an excellent upgrade. went over a few wakes from the calmac ferries to see what it done and no surprises.

i had a VERY close look at the hull and i gave it a good tap with my fist and looked for movement but there wasn't anything i wouldn't expect.

given some are lightly built and we know some are not- i can only assume mines is in the "heavier" built category.

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Glad you enjoyed it - so you bought it then??
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yes i bought it :-)

will take ownership of it for this coming weekend.

just been buying corrosion X for the engine/ancills and some tube protector from 3M. also read that car wax is good for the gelcoat so that will do nicely for the rest of it.

TBH it's already very very clean but i'll try to keep it this way.

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