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Old 10 November 2007, 07:26   #11
Country: UK - England
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Make: Redbay
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Dont buy the one on Ebay, its in Norfolk from the least favourite RIB member.
If its that blue one then I really isn't worth the money.

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Old 10 November 2007, 11:44   #12
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Town: Southampton
Boat name: Hissing Sid
Make: Ross Smith Cobra
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cheap enough at the moment tho'
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Old 10 November 2007, 16:39   #13
Country: UK - England
Town: lincoln
Boat name: blazer
Make: BWM
Length: 6m +
Engine: YAMAHA 115hp
MMSI: 235059902
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Does anyone have a good word to say about BWM they have been around along time. What are the faults with them do they not float or are they just not fast enough for you?
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Old 10 November 2007, 18:01   #14
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I can only speak of my RIB, was fantastic for what I origianally bought her for, Cruising and fishing. The advantages where cheap to buy and run, fast but hard ride with a 80 2 stroke 36knotts. A wide platform for diving, fishing or whatever.

Disadvantages where, hard ride. Not to clever in a following Solent chop. Rubbing strake kept comming away from the bow (that could happen on any old RIB).

There where some stress cracks in the hull, but that didn't worry me as I trailer my boats so Osmosis didn't worry me. Was told that Stress cracks where common on BWM's and just the surface gel coat cracking and not to worry, my advice to you is to get a survey if there is any doubt.

My Transom knees suffered cracking after one particular trip when I launched Kohaku a number of feet into the air, that did concern me and was brought about probably because I had an overweight engine bolted to the transom. Had a proffessional repair done and the cracks turned out to be superfisial the transom was rock solid.

That's all I can really say. A great beginners RIB is the 17 and 18 but the 21 is a longer term prospect. Have a look at the Parker range of 21 footers, I think you'll find the design the same (or similar) build quality much more consistent and better tho. At least the design has stood the test of time and it's still in current production.

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Old 11 November 2007, 03:51   #15
Country: UK - Wales
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Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
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Northcraft also continue to produce the same basic hull design, although I understand some developments have been made over the years. From what I've seen of BWM, the Northcraft boats are better built - more attention to GRP quality, heavier lay-up and better quality toobs.
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Old 11 November 2007, 07:20   #16
Country: UK - England
Town: New Forest
Boat name: Charlie Brown
Make: Scorpion
Length: 8m +
Engine: 275 Verado
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My experience of them was really good! my first boat and i learnt a huge amount from it!

fast boat but a bit hard in the solent chop. fully agree with Andy's comments.

i still have fond memories of the original Zippy!
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Old 11 November 2007, 12:20   #17
Country: Canada
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Good design but variability in construction and finish of the BWM built ribs makes buying a second hand one a bit of a minefield. We had a 1998 DS21 & it was a good boat for diving & cruising. The list of things that went wrong with it (seats coming adrift, split fuel tank, stress cracking, transom knees cracking, everything being held in with self tappers including the A frame!) would make me hestitate to recommend one as a second hand purchase. For us it was an expensive learning curve on RIB construction and ownership.

That being said I would have no hesitation in buying a Parker if I were in the market for a 21ft beamy, stable RIB. I can't speak for the latest iteration of BWM as clearly I haven't seen one.

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