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Old 23 February 2011, 13:34   #1
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Final Question!

Ok, very final question! If, in a worst-case scenario, I took an SR5.4 out to sea and got caught out in rough weather, how easy are they to handle compared to other boats and how much of a difference does the 'flat' bow make compared to other ribs with a snooped nose? I appreciate they are a wetter ride than other boats, but are there any more serious handling concerns to consider? I basically want to know whether the SRs require a more experienced skipper to handle the rough, or if they are relatively novice-friendly.

(I'm not intending to rush off into a storm or the Corryvreckan incidentally, but mistakes happen sometimes and it would be good to know!)

Cheers! (Promise I'll stop asking millions of questions soon!)
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Old 23 February 2011, 14:04   #2
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What do you call rough weather,and do you still have the flooding hull?
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Old 23 February 2011, 14:14   #3
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The boat I'm looking at is the one in this thread: Considering an SR5.4

It's got removable bungs so the hull can be flooded or not (will probably use it mostly flooded for the stability with dropping divers \ taking photos etc.).

As for 'rough' I guess it's all relative to the skipper and will depend on the bit of sea, but say 1m waves, either short chop or rollers as an example - how easy is the SR5.4 to drive compared to others of a similar length? Bearing in mind as well that I'm on a budget of 5-6k, so 100000 boats are out the question
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Old 23 February 2011, 14:27   #4
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My mate has a 5.4, he's been out in a lot worse than that and never had any problems. Always seems to ride well in all types of sea conditions. Its his first RIB and he loves it.

The one your looking at looks very tidy, I'm sure it will do what you want.
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Old 23 February 2011, 15:20   #5
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That's cool, I'm sure it will be a far more capable boat than I am at driving it Just wanted to know whether the shape of the bows make a huge difference to how it drives since most of the other RIBs you see on here are higher at the front.
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Old 23 February 2011, 16:09   #6
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This is my mates 5.4


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Old 23 February 2011, 16:11   #7
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It'll take far more punishment than you can
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What size was the Sea Rider on the HMS Manchester....see post of same title!
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It'll take far more punishment than you can

In the world of ribbing thats a shocking VID and should be censored just joking


Due to the fact most of us take our kit way beyond that kind of sea .. sometimes not by choice though .. but thats what ribs are all about

A well set up boat will endure Neptunes worst .. and protect its occupants if youve sorted your kit properly
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Old 23 February 2011, 18:08   #10
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Cool video Thanks for posting! It's also occurred to me that I might have massively overestimated what a 1m wave looks like, but whatever - I'm sure I'll cope! Thanks for all the replies it's a great help
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Old 23 February 2011, 18:45   #11
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I've gone out in more than 5mtr seas. That boat is incredibly capabale and you will give up long before it has probs. I'm looking to sell mine soon due to the work situation. I will trully miss her.

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totally agree.

You'll need to come in before your boat does...
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Old 24 February 2011, 09:01   #13
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thanks for all the advice, I've decided to go for it and will be getting it at the end of March very exciting!
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Nice one Zan.
As I said before they are great fun, just keep the drysuit on .
Good luck with it. Are you collecting from Southhampton? I had a 2 day trip to collect mine from the south coast. Even managed to visit Stonehenge on the way down.
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Old 25 February 2011, 05:54   #15
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Nah, Rogue Wave is bringing it up to Glasgow for us would you believe which is brill

All we need now is a name for it!
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no worries

If you'd met Roguetta then you'd know why I'm happy to drive to Scotland!

I always thought Rock Steady was a good name for the RIB.

Interesting that Mr F visited Stonehenge, an ancient monument, on his journey as I'll probably visit DM on the way who is, coincedentally, monumentally ancient!
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Ah but does DM charge for entry?

Took the dog down with us. He had a good run about between the Barrows near Stonehenge. For some reason seems to love the sheep pooh down there but all that foreign food isn't good for him.
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