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Old 01 October 2014, 15:46   #11
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Country: UK - England
Town: portsmouth
Boat name: Hullabaloo
Make: Humber
Length: 8m +
Engine: 225 Optimax
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To Quote Chief Brody in Jaws "You're Going to need a bigger boat"
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Old 02 October 2014, 09:07   #12
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Town: Southsea
Boat name: RIB GLADYS
Make: AVON
Length: 4m +
Engine: Mariner 60HP EFI
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I need a bigger wallet for that ! :-)... thanks guys

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Old 02 October 2014, 11:27   #13
Country: UK - England
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I would speed up and try to get airbourne as much as poss dude!!
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Old 02 October 2014, 12:51   #14
Country: Finland
Town: Helsinki
Boat name: SR 5.4
Make: Avon
Length: 4m +
Engine: Toh1 3,5 Yam 90/2S
Join Date: Oct 2009
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Beam of the hull seams to play a big role how boats manage the chop. Even though a SR 5.4 is not the softest ride(guess most of the bigger ribs beats it easily) have noted many bigger(and wider beam)hard boats are much worse. One of my favorite islands is located approx 35 nm east of where i live. Predominant wind direction is SW. In the morning when going there we have close to following seas, typically moderate swell and small chop. The wind often increases during the day and the trip back can be rather rough with mixture of old swell, cross waves and heading seas chop. The SR manages it pretty ok, active throtle handling, zic zac routing avoiding the worst waves. Sometimes increasing speed does the trick. Hardly ever any other motor boats around in those conditions or if any, they are mostly doing very slow progress, displacement speeds.
That's the great thing with good Ribs, even though its not always soft or easy, you can still do the trip and come safely home when other boats of similar size might better stay at the marina.

fun on a boat is inversely proportional to size...sort of anyway
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