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Old 28 April 2015, 14:32   #11
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They are nice but a bit pricey for what they are.
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Old 29 April 2015, 15:50   #12
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Seen a Ribcraft 3.5 for sale
Would it have better sea keeping abilitys over an SR4?
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Old 29 April 2015, 16:02   #13
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SR4. Thinking of selling

check that out.

i'd think the sr4/RC will be very similar when the going gets tough....great fun

the difference will be i assume the age of the boats which will be reflected in the price.

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Old 29 April 2015, 16:39   #14
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Seen a Ribcraft 3.5 for sale
Would it have better sea keeping abilitys over an SR4?
SR4's are generally regarded as "THE" best wee boat in the rough; that said RC3.5's are rare as hens teeth so not many people will have used one, even fewer will have tried them in the rough and less still will be able to make a fair comparison to a SR.
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Old 29 April 2015, 18:31   #15
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I've seen one in the rough; we had one as a safety boat for the Scorpion Nationals in 2004. We had up to 5ft of swell that week, and we tend to get steep, short stuff. As far as I remember, it handled it well enough to last all week. The crew got a hernia, but whether that was crashing through the waves or handling marks and anchors I'm not sure — I think they were responsible for the holding marks off the leeward end of the course.

But it was ten years ago, and I didn't get to try it myself. Given the difference (huge) between an SR4 and a Ribcraft 4.8 in the rough, I'd not like to speculate on the difference between an RC3.5 and an SR4.

That said, a six or seven hour day in an SR4 can be pretty wearing when it's up in heaps, and the boat will easily outlast the crew. I imagine it's much of a muchness for most small boats.
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Was just thinking would the extra half meter be the difference?
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Some of it, but by no means all. Length, beam, hull shape, weight, seat position and other things I can't think of will all have an effect.

And then you get something like the C-Fury that co46 mentioned on the last page, which is completely different — a catamaran. They appear to have paid quite close attention to rough weather capability.
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The RC 3.5 is an awesome little craft. I know that boat and great fun,capable in the rough and perfectly matched with that new engine.
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