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Old 31 October 2010, 05:37   #11
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Solent rib

It is from my experience that going head into wind against the tide in the 7m Solent with 250hp on the back with the console and seating pods for 6 people right aft, that due to there being absolutely no weight in the bow due to the tappered tubes and the owner specifying they wanted all the weight aft the RIB just wouldn't get on the plane. I was a paying customer evern and I had to get two of the to shuffle forward to get the bow down..

Similar conditions in the SR4 meant I could get on the plane and actually make prgress - sure I got very wet but atleast was moving..
The 6.5m Scoprion we we also running had no problem because the seats were in the in middle of the boat and it was fine.
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Old 31 October 2010, 05:42   #12
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I've got a similar sized boat and it could reasonably fit 4 adults - but it will be quite cosy. Its certainly ok for the occassional trip across the solent in nice weather, and would make it round the island in reasonable conditions.

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Go for max 50hp and centre console, seat two on console and one on either tube and will be fine. Yes if you get wind over tide will be a bit uncomfortable, but having been out in a Solent 6.5m RIB which could not even get on the plane in the same conditions, I would take the searider anytime.. and is a cracking boat to drive.
I suppose thats quite a good way of make or breaking them! If their are "adventurous" and dry suited up then they might love that. Otherwise they'll hate it and ensure you get the boat to yourself from then on! I'd suggest if the OP is looking at a 3000 budget and using it with the family in anything other than ideal conditions he needs to spend about 1/3rd of his budget on drysuits, possibly geckos, good gloves, etc - to keep the family happy.

Personally i'd rather my family were sitting on seats inside a solent 6.5 (even if at displacement speed for some bizzare reason) than bouncing over waves perched on top of the tubes of a 4m boat.

I don't think mollers was criticising the SR4, having towed his dead Vipermax home with one - just questioning whether it was enjoyable 4up in poor conditions - I think you'd definitely want to take a look and preferably a trip in one with the family and canvas their honest opinions. As one person's adventure is another's near death experience!

For the budget involved you are probably looking at something small or something old and tired.
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Old 31 October 2010, 05:50   #13
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....... you are probably looking at something small ,old and tired.
As does Mrs. Pol occasionally
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As does Mrs. Pol occasionally
Just so long as she doesn't get any grand ideas about a winter refurb project
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Just so long as she doesn't get any grand ideas about a winter refurb project
A good 'fogging' should suffice.
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Old 31 October 2010, 06:54   #16
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I have a sr4 with the back to back seating and go over the sound of jura in it with 4 /5 at times, I have a 40 on it, its ok with 4 but not too good with 5 would be better with a 50 hp on the back where I launch its about 20 miles over to jura so it is possible to cover some distance.
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Thanks for all the replies, its helped a lot.

I think I'm going to stick with my original plan and go for an Sr4 as the family will only be joining me a couple of days a year, and only in nice weather. I don't think I would be able to get a much better boat for my 3000 budget and also, it seems like a nice size because I will be towing it around to different locations to launch.
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Old 31 October 2010, 13:27   #18
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Thanks for all the replies, its helped a lot.

I think I'm going to stick with my original plan and go for an Sr4 as the family will only be joining me a couple of days a year, .


Wise move, . There aren't any boats that I can think of that are more seawrthy especialy for the money.
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I have a sr4 with the back to back seating and go over the sound of jura in it with 4 /5 at times, I have a 40 on it, its ok with 4 but not too good with 5 would be better with a 50 hp on the back where I launch its about 20 miles over to jura so it is possible to cover some distance.
Do you ?! Fair play, I clearly don't need a new boat, I just need some balls !
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