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Old 10 September 2002, 09:45   #11
Country: UK - England
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Make: Humber Ocean Extreme
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Ribtec Freeway

I bought this model with a Honda 75 from new and kept it for 1 plus (a bit) seasons;it was my return to boating after 6 years out and the "family" factor was paramount; it is a well built all rounder for coastal estuary use but with a shallow v hull is no good for more trying conditions - having said that it was never advertised at any more.

I soon realised that I had bought the right boat for the odd family outing but the wrong boat for cruising in lumpy seas.I did trailer it to France and to the West Country and had some good times.

Hoever there is little comparison with my Humber 8m rib - all the comments about deep v and jockey seats are spot on; another issue is length .It has been said on here before that the longer the better! and it is right -the ability to go across certain wave patterns reduces enormously the movement of the boat and the stress on the crew.

p.s Alan how is the back?

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Old 10 September 2002, 11:53   #12
Country: Canada
Town: Newfoundland
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Re: Ribtec Freeway

Originally posted by Phil

p.s Alan how is the back?
Prolapsed disc I'm afraid. B***dy painful although a hell of a lot better now than a few weeks ago. No Ribbing for me until next year


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Old 10 September 2002, 12:56   #13
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I agree Alan. The Ribtec Freeway should stay on a lake and never get off it! The TA over here bought one two years ago and are immensely disappointed for the reasons you mentioned. Also, it is hopeless for water-skiing as they cannot seem to get the bow down! I assisted them in getting better perfromance and it was a last cause
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Old 11 September 2002, 04:27   #14
Country: UK - England
Town: Worcestershire
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Make: Avon SR 4
Length: 4m +
Engine: 40 HP Yamaha Autolub
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To get back to the original question, I did extensive research last year before buying Topaz, which si a 6.2 Avon with Honda 130 Outboard.

Many people tried to put me off of the Avon, for various reasons, which all turned out to be wrong - and usually from people who hadn't been out in an Avon of any size or type - or those who hd had a 4 metre sea rider in the dim and distant past!

At our Training School we now have 2 Avons, my 620 and a 560 with a Mercury 90HP 4 Stroke.

These both perform extremely well, and we have had them out in all sorts of conditions, off of the North Wales Coast, in and around the Solent, English Channel etc.

I can personally recommend the Avon range, and I have tried various others, Ribcraft and Ribtec included, and would choose my Avon every time.

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