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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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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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This is my mates 5.4


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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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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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