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Old 12 September 2003, 13:17   #1
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Avon Seasport 4.65m RIB

Has anyone had any experience with these RIBs?

I've had a look at 1 today thats for sale with a 50hp Yamaha on it. Everything looks to be in good order.

The only thing i did notice that may be a little off putting was that the hull was very shallow. Do these boats hold the sea well?

What is the general concensus of these boats, are they a good buy?

Cheers all.....
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Old 12 September 2003, 16:02   #2
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Seasport

I have a 3.6 Metre Seasport Deluxe. I have had this boat since June of this Year and had 23 Hours sailing in it so far.

I concur that it has what they call a medium V Hull.

My impressions of this, bearing in mind that I have only owned SIBs prior to this is the following :-

When I first started taking the boat on the Solent from Langstone and Chichester I used to find it hard work and I got very wet. My lack of knowledge of the sea in this area combined with the small size of the boat made me very wary of going anywhere.

Now having gained some experience I have now had three trips to the IOW on my own and even got out to the NAB Tower once. I also don't seem to get very wet now either. What I have stopped doing is sailing straight head on into waves.

I must admit that I would like a Deep V Hull ( Only because the bigger boats Have one so it must be the best shape ) but overall what I would really like is a larger boat. Medium or Deep V Hull I wouldn't mind. But the overall consideration when I bought the boat was that it should fit in my garage. Which of course it does.

Having learned that my boat has some limitations I now stick within them.

What this boat does do is plane very quickly (it is a heavy boat for such a small boat ).

What you have to work out for yourself if the boat is the right one for you at the right price.

Like everyone else I dream of the next boat I will buy. Of course it will be better, because I have learnt a lot already with this one and it will cost a lot more.

Maybe some other people on this Forum may be able to give you some help with a definitive answer, I'm sorry I can't Gadge but what I will say is I still intend to use this boat during the winter, I'll just make sure it isn't too rough.

Best of luck with your choice.
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Old 13 September 2003, 07:48   #3
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Biggles, thanks for your help..... I think that i will definately request a run out in the boat to make sure its gona be what im looking for.

I've also just noticed that its a AVON SUPERSPORT 4.65 not a SEASPORT.

If anybody can host some pics on there webspace, I can post up a couple of pics of the boat in question.
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Old 16 September 2003, 10:58   #4
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Got webspace sorted....... u should be able to see the pics thru the following links.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/...0/fb14bb5e.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/...1/fb14bb3c.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/...5/fb14bb2b.jpg


What do u think, is the hull too shallow?

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Old 17 September 2003, 16:03   #5
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Gadge,

Show us a pic of the transom, or booty, as it is now commonly termed in the admiralty.

If your booty is overlarge you can fit larger tubes to disguise its bigness

Seriously though, she does look a nifty rig.
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Old 18 September 2003, 08:53   #6
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Anyone else got any feedabck on this RIB?

Looking for some opinions?

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I had an Avon sea-rider last year ... i think it was a 4.8 with a 75 mariner on it, looking at the pictures it's a totally different hull but i would recommend looking for a sea-rider if you can, they're very seaworthy if maybe a little twitchy at full chat.
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