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Old 26 May 2012, 14:13   #11
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I've had two of them . I had a 98 and a 2007. in my opinion the 07 was a much better built boat. I had a yamaha 40 four stroke on it and trimmmed out I got a little over 40mph out of it on GPS. I'd of kept it if it weren't for a growing family. They are great boats.
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Old 26 May 2012, 15:37   #12
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Yep - got mine in Dec 2006 rigged with a 50 yam on it . Purposely wanted the seating layout to allow more comfortable slow crawl up the river at 4 knts.

Never had any issue with build quaility - but they are in now way close to the solidity and handling of an SR4. Anything like a 'sea' and its all wet and slammy.

Great for fun off the beach burning not much gas and easy to tow and launch and keep on a drive/ garage. Designed and built fun only !
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Old 26 May 2012, 15:55   #13
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Thanks - I take your points about the ride. I'd be mainly river pootling in the Dart with a bit of Start Bay for a blast and round to Salcombe, so not expecting heavy weather use - F3-4 or less. We're used to trolling home in our sailing boat at 4kn so no worries there!
Force 4 no way would I take mine out in a force 4 - as Pater and I said - fun only. That would be some horrible ride and any passengers with you would not thank you for that. I use mine around the Dart also. Have gone round to Salcombe several times but once got caught out when the weather turned F4'ish. It took hours to get back and quite frankly I would not do it again

I know Rib Shop said he has seen some cracking and I cant comment but mine has the max size motor and has now clocked quite a few hours up and its fine - feels very solid to me

get one for the right reasons and you will be very happy...
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Old 26 May 2012, 16:51   #14
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Force 4 no way would I take mine out in a force 4 - as Pater and I said - fun only. That would be some horrible ride and any passengers with you would not thank you for that. I use mine around the Dart also. Have gone round to Salcombe several times but once got caught out when the weather turned F4'ish. It took hours to get back and quite frankly I would not do it again

I know Rib Shop said he has seen some cracking and I cant comment but mine has the max size motor and has now clocked quite a few hours up and its fine - feels very solid to me

get one for the right reasons and you will be very happy...
Thanks again - just thinking about seaworthiness, I don't know if this is a daft question - but how might the A400 compare with Zodiac Pro Classic 420? Are they pretty similar? I don't know ribs at all but have always assumed the Zodiac would be up to rounding Start Point in f3-4. Is the Zodiac also a fun only' boat (with 50hp)?
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Old 26 May 2012, 17:13   #15
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The Zodiac will be much better suited to rougher conditions, it has a deeper hull and the extre length will help too. I've been really impressed with the quality of Zodiac ribs.
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Hi tacker,

Just to throw my 2pence in, I've got the slightly larger version of the A400, an Adventure 450. I really must agree with the others and say its not a great boat for rough weather. I had mine out this afternoon for safety at a regatta in about 40knots and it was so slammy, wet and generally uncomfortable. Another bad bit to mention about the little adventure ribs is that they drift really quickly downwind by comparison to most ribs due to the lack of hull underneath.

Bad bits aside, it's a fantastic little boat. I've got a honda 50hp on the back and it'll go faster and outmanoeuvre just about any other boat on a flat day. You've just got to remember that it's a leisure boat, not suited to the rough stuff, as I was reminded of today... ouch
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Old 26 May 2012, 18:05   #17
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Yep - got mine in Dec 2006 rigged with a 50 yam on it . Purposely wanted the seating layout to allow more comfortable slow crawl up the river at 4 knts.

Never had any issue with build quaility - but they are in now way close to the solidity and handling of an SR4. Anything like a 'sea' and its all wet and slammy.

Great for fun off the beach burning not much gas and easy to tow and launch and keep on a drive/ garage. Designed and built fun only !
Thanks Peter; can I ask you about valuing? The one I'm looking at is similar to yours - it is in excellent condition (from pics) and has a 2006 Mariner 50 with 200 hours. Garaged, covered... Asking 7500. Seems high to me.
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Seems very high, that set up would have been in the region of 8,000 new - Going rate seems to be about 5k for a clean one.
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I would would agree with others - an A400 with rear bench seat & side console seat with no back is not a good sea boat - although fine for pootling around rivers & estuaries.

I had one for 3 years with a 40HP kept on the Dart, and I found that it was was not really suitable or comfortable for going outside in anything other that really flat conditions.

Remember the Range and Start Bay can get very choppy and an A400 hasn't got the hull or weight balance to punch through an sort of sea.

If you're staying in the river fine, I wouldn't recommend it as a sea-going hull though

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Seems very high, that set up would have been in the region of 8,000 new - Going rate seems to be about 5k for a clean one.
Thanks; there's a 2006 (same year) with 2001 Mercury @ 6100 and a 2007 with Yam 50 @ 6750 but haven't seen any as low as 5k with engine - do you have links to any examples?
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