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Old 27 November 2012, 07:04   #1
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Bombard or Brig for quality/seakeeping?

Hello everyone,

A friend of mine is wanting to buy a small rib for leisure use and has found a 5m Bombard c/w 60hp Mercury, and a 5m Brig c/w 80hp Mercury.

Which would be the best build quality? I am unfarmilliar with these marques as my backgound is commercial ribs, not leisure. Also, which is best for seakeeping?

I will be very appriciative of any help anybody can give me.

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Old 27 November 2012, 13:25   #2
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Either will do, best have a look at them.
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Old 27 November 2012, 14:46   #3
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Bombards are Zodiacs with a different logo so not the best sea boats at that size, a 60 on a 5m seems a little small, I have a 4.7 with a 60 and it's about right.
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Old 29 November 2012, 06:34   #5
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Thank you Thomas.
Why are Zodiacs/Bombards "not the best sea boats at that size"? I have only operated the new Hurricanes so am unfarmilliar with the smaller ranges.

Do you think it is safe to assume Bombard have the same build quality as Zodiacs? I have always been impressed with the bigger ones.

I bet you right about the 60hp being a little too small for her. What do you recon? the region of 27knts on a boat like that?

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Old 29 November 2012, 07:32   #6
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The build quality on my boat is fantastic, with a 60 on it I manage about 32 knots on flat water with maybe the odd knot or two of tide. From what I've seen of the 5m Zodiac is has quite a shallow hull like mine, best thing to do is sea trial and feel for yourself. For the boating I do I'd consider a bigger Zodaic make as overall I've been really happy with mine
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Thank you Thomas.
Why are Zodiacs/Bombards "not the best sea boats at that size"? I have only operated the new Hurricanes so am unfarmilliar with the smaller ranges.
The Zodiac MILPRO range is a completely different set up compared to the leisure range in terms of sea keeping and build quality.

Primarily due to the fact that the console and seats etc are simply screwed in by the dealers.
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Mine is a 5mtr Humber Destroyer (not the fastest hull in the world) with 60HP Etec. Top end is 30/31 knts. A couple of the guys that I knock about with in Scotland have Zodiac Pros which I believe are either 4.7 or 5 mtrs both with 60 HP 4st (1 Mariner and 1 Yamaha). Although they are advertised as a deep V, the hull seems fairly shallow to me but they go ok as a result. I would say they manage a couple more knts than mine flat out at 32 or 33kts. I think they are a bit of a wetter ride than mine which means they have to think a bit more about conditions and makes things a little more "exciting" in the lumpy stuff. I don't know but imagine the Bombards are similar...........

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