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Old 04 March 2005, 12:16   #1
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thinking of purchasing a zodiac medline 1 4.8 metre 70hp has anybody any experiences with them rough weather handling etc
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Old 04 March 2005, 13:17   #2
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as far as i know the medline 1 rib is very leisure orientated, and shallow vee hull, so although you will be fine in a small chop, anything rough will be very uncomfortable, however the boat will handle exceptionally in light chop and calm conditions, and with 70hp behind will fly. most of the reson why its not sui9ted to rough weather is the length, and also there is not much seating actually inside the boat, you have a bench, but then there are the suicide seats in front of console,not ideal in choppy conditions. is it a second hand rib or new? if its new then i would consider others in that price bracket, possibly a small humer, valiant, or one of the other new comopanies around. medline is mediterranian style with comfort in mind rather than rough water capability. hope this helps
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Old 04 March 2005, 13:43   #3
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thanks for info it was a new boat but will look for alternatives a know about 5metre will just fit in garage on a trailer so i guess i am looking for a deep v hull then any webs sites you can recommend to look at. I have a zodiac and like it , what do you recommend in their range again thanks for your time mark
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Go for a HUMBER they have a terrible website but good boats !
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Hi Tide mark
Come & have a look at mine if you like im only 15 mins from you , pm me if you want & i will send you my address.
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Best sub 5m RIB for rough water is Ribcraft 4.8m IMHO.
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Old 04 March 2005, 16:26   #7
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have a look at valiant the dr range are very good medium deep v
you can have fun very fast with small engines

vanguard 4.5m 40 hp mariner 30 knots
dr 4.5m 50 hp mercury 34 knots

tube can,t complain about the build


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Old 04 March 2005, 16:39   #8
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if you want some pics or info on a 5m humber assault let me know,I bought one just over a year ago and have been very happy with it.
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Old 04 March 2005, 20:16   #9
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hello again mark

i would say that to go for a humber boat around the 5 mtr mark would be a wise move, evry capable craft, although not as aesthetically pleasing as say a zodiac, they have a better hull. a valiant is also a good option, the 4.9mtr is a cracking boat, but steer clear of the vanguards, they are not meant for our waters! you could look at www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk for ideas, or just use it to find ut various manufacturers of which it has a list on the site, which you can use to make a short list!
just in case you do end up looking for a zodiac i do have a zodiac pro 9 man for sale in as new condition, and its good in moderate chop, but in serious stuff it need longer hull length! i am loking for a larger rib around the 6mtr mark! it depends what you plan on using the baot for, because if general cruising, fishing, fuel efficiency, etc is in mind then a zodiac pro 9 for example would be fine, but if you want a more ruggedboat, the humber or a valiant4.9mtr would be better which although will have higher horsepower, and less efficient, will have advantages in the rough stuff, etc. let me know what you choose, or pm me if you need any mroe help! jonathan
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took down the details chaps and now going for a good trawl on the web site for the boats you mentioned ta
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