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Old 30 April 2006, 14:16   #1
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Does anyone know much more about these ribs/hulls as far as handling goes?

All I know is that they are tubed by Henshaws, and that they are a stepped hull, similar to the Regal Hardboat Design.

Going to have a Demo on the 6.5m tomorrow, just browsing at this point, also going to be looking at Ribex.

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Richard,

I went on one of these at Southampton Boat Show, and have to say I was not particularly impressed!

It was a sit on Rib rather than a sit in rib, and the seats were mighty uncomfortable, too tall, too narrow, and too close to the console. It also wasn't as well finished as some I've been on!

Light Hulls + Built in South Africa would lead me to start worrying (possibly unnecessarily, but I'd worry about them all the same!) and I don't feel the hull was particularly good at what little chop we did encounter. Very narrow and shallow hull.

The demo chap was reluctant to turn the boat anywhere approaching hard, and when I finally got him to put a decent bit of turn on, the back stepped out like anything.

That said - the one we were demoed on only had a small engine, and planed very quickly, with an impressive claimed top speed. They also look cool with the Animal logos on them!

Not something I would be considering, but that's only a personal view based on the demo I took (I never even found out prices/specs etc, so it is not a complete view!).
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We used to have an old BWM 6.8m. Not sure how much it has in common with whats on the market now.

It was a very shallow hull, blisteringly fast and quick up on to the plane. Very dry, but uncomfortable ride in any chop, paticularly upwind. Also, it was very light construction, and had a bit of a tendancy to crak in places of heavy load. Good for easy conditions or if you're after speed in a straight line, but not rough weather or working boats.
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Break open the piggy bank Richard, and buy that speedboat..
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Jimbo and Andy, were the hulls this shape? I am more swayed to Ribcraft but just looking about, to see whats what.
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Break open the piggy bank Richard, and buy that speedboat..
hmmmmmmm that Hunton was stunning, and even better curves than the Lady on it!!!

They do Ribs too but would not like to guess how much for!!!

http://www.hunton.co.uk/ribs.htm




Now that might need more than 1 piggy bank!!!
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Jimbo and Andy, were the hulls this shape? I am more swayed to Ribcraft but just looking about, to see whats what.
I didn't see it out of the water I'm afraid.

Go for the Ribcraft - I KNOW they're good!

Have you looked at Ribquest? They seem to be doing some nice packages.
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hmmmmmmm that Hunton was stunning, and even better curves than the Lady on it!!!
yeah.. those curves...
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yeah.. those curves...
I say wot the name of the boat says...
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yeah.. those curves...
All I will say is I must have had the wrong eye covered!!!!
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