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Old 08 October 2008, 05:03   #31
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Yep, Flatacraft Force 4 GT Hull.

The GT doesn't have the distinctive Force 4 Flat front as it was extended to be able to take a slightly larger engine.

The tubes could be by anybody, but did look original to me.

And yes, as much as I love Flatacraft Force 4's, a SR4 will out-handle it in the rough stuff.

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Old 09 October 2008, 22:52   #32
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bumstormer ?

i think to be honest a rib is a rib there must be over a thousand or so different variations out there. all that matters is they go fast and are very stable. i have looked around for other ribs if anyone comes across a nicer one for the money let me know? and i wasnt dissing the advice so much as the lack of knowledge by a certain post that said the engine was 30 years old. if this was the case the engines today would be far more advanced. anyhow took it out yesterday top speed 37 knots not bad for a piece of crap i suppose but if you want to throw thousands at it then thats ok but you can have as much fun with this.
anyhow i am after a a frame anyone got one? thanks guys for being brutal about my rib im sure more comments will follow. oh if its makes any difference i did upset some snobby idiot in his brandnew seadoo who thought he was faster as he struggled to reach 32 knots i loved it thats my point 1500 rib against 10,000 seadoo and guess what i had more fun.
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Old 09 October 2008, 23:03   #33
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i love my barnstormer lol

ok just read a few of the other posts i am impressed that its a such a large topic. ok here we go the engine is a mariner/yamaha 55 hp i found this out after further investigation so top points to the man who spotted that. it has been resprayed but has been very well looked after so not bitter and i would have been more upset if it said mercury anywhere on it. now the hull is based on a avon i used to have a gt4 and the hull is the same upto the snub . i must admit this boat is very dart like this and long . oh the plate on the engine dates it at 1992 so must have been last of a batch maybe. so its 16 years old so what its a good solid engine. why do i feel like im being picked on by you rib bullys lol.
honestly i am happy with it you should have seen my last one.lol

any of you guys in the littlehampton area?
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Old 09 October 2008, 23:06   #34
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Yep, Flatacraft Force 4 GT Hull.

The GT doesn't have the distinctive Force 4 Flat front as it was extended to be able to take a slightly larger engine.

The tubes could be by anybody, but did look original to me.

And yes, as much as I love Flatacraft Force 4's, a SR4 will out-handle it in the rough stuff.

Nasher.
i must admit to you it does slap down alot harder than my flatforce 4 used to prob because of the nose extension?
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Old 09 October 2008, 23:15   #35
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your right thanks

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I assume the seller told you all that?

There was in fact a 55hp Yamaha that looked like that around that age-'95, but no 60hp. All the 60hp Mariners from '95 were 3 cylinder as SamT says-and the colours (and doggy rebadge) point to it being around 1985. Latest possible in those colours is 1992.


If you think it handles like an Avon, someone lend me an SR4 and next time we get a f8 I'll race you from Lymington to Yarmouth and back.
the engine is what you say . its a yamaha 2 bore 55hp looked inside the cowling saw the original blue grey paint work . but the plate says 1992?
i cant belive it i used to have that same engine a few years ago . ignorance is bliss lol

oh i would race you but i not silly lol. lymington to yarmouth . im going for littlehampton to shanklin and back next week if you fancy it.
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Old 10 October 2008, 13:28   #36
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...now the hull is based on a avon...
What do you mean 'based on'?

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....i used to have a gt4 and the hull is the same upto the snub ....
Was that a Flatacraft?
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Old 10 October 2008, 19:53   #37
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barnstormer is flatcraft conversion?

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Was that a Flatacraft?
yes it was a flatcraft . the hull is the same apart from the flat nose. the v & chines are all the same.it does have a steel keel band . i think this maybe a protertype of a sort ?. it does however handle well. it seems to be more stable than my flatcraft. but i only had a 30 hp on that and unlike the usual flatcrafts i fitted mine with a quick silver centre console and it was great but pig bloody ugly so i just wanted something that looked a little nicer. well not all of us have thousands to spend on a boat so it does me and my son loves it.
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You'll probably find the extra stability is helped by the heavier engine.

Fair play, that should fairly motor along in calm conditions. Should actually be faster than 38 knots if it's propped correctly. My sr4 with a 50 was quicker than that and I'm a fat git and the sr4 has a lot deeper V hull.
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the engine is what you say . its a yamaha 2 bore 55hp looked inside the cowling saw the original blue grey paint work . but the plate says 1992?
i cant belive it i used to have that same engine a few years ago . ignorance is bliss lol

oh i would race you but i not silly lol. lymington to yarmouth . im going for littlehampton to shanklin and back next week if you fancy it.

We''re doing the End of Summer blast next weekend-feel free to come along but won't be racing as I'll be in my 5.4

That might well be a replacement cowl if it says '92 on the powerhead-or a replacement powerhead.
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Yes - there are some decent small ribs around for less than 2k. If you can handle a bit of home maintenance, then that will keep the costs down too.

The Yamahariner 55 is a tidy motor - reliable and loads of spares around, should you need them.

Your hull is not 'based on' an Avon though - it's a very different design to a 4m Searider.

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