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Old 27 June 2016, 11:01   #11
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Hi Kamen, have you had a chance to have a look at the Highfield 380CL. Would be good to hear what you think.. Cheers Dave
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Old 27 June 2016, 11:22   #12
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Hi Merseyboy.
I went and looked at the Highfield about 4 weeks ago.
I was well impressed with it.
It was awaiting fitment of a console and engine etc for a commercial fish farmer in the north of Scotland.
The boat was very well made and very sturdy looking.
My mate and I got an end each and easily lifted it from the trailer it was sitting on.
Cracking piece of kit which weighs about the same as a Sib but will easily outperform any Sib out there.
I am absolutely sold on it and intend getting one early next year.
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Old 27 June 2016, 11:52   #13
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Many thanks Kaman for the info and pics. It looks exactly what I'm after, how much for the basic boat do you know? Cheers..
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RRP for the basic PVC tubed boat is 2799.
In my eyes that is very reasonable considering the price of some Sibs and the Fribs.
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Old 27 June 2016, 12:31   #15
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RRP for the basic PVC tubed boat is 2799.
In my eyes that is very reasonable considering the price of some Sibs and the Fribs.
Not a bad price, it's definitally one I will consider. Looks spot on to me.. Cheers
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Old 27 June 2016, 12:46   #16
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I've already got the cash sitting to the side earmarked for the Highfield purchase along with an indespension mini roller coaster trailer. Gonna use my short shaft Tohatsu 20hp 4 stroke to propel it. Decent upgrade on my trailered Honwave 3.5ae that ain't gonna break the bank☺
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Old 28 June 2016, 02:46   #17
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Hi Kaman.
Do you know how these ride in chop. Im looking for a future upgrade, around 4m on trailer and want something a bit more capable but still able to drag a little bit up the beach. Also do you know if launch wheels can be fitted. Cheers
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Old 28 June 2016, 10:21   #18
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Stevem I don't know how they ride in a chop personally as I've never used one.
By all accounts they are very decent - much better than an equivalent sized Sib.
With regards to launch wheels the dealer I spoke to has fitted previous 380s with Honda (Trem) launch wheels.
He said they use nylon blocks to mount them to avoid contact of different metals and to build them out from the transom so they do not get fouled by the transom lip.
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Be very keen to see an honest review of one.
Could you hurry up and get one and give an in depth review please.
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Highfield 380 CL

Hi Stevem,
I've also more or less decided to go for a CL380 and like most have never seen one in the flesh, so very grateful to Kaman for his photos and info.
While I'm OK making a decision based on spec sheets, I expect these boats will be fast and efficient but give a bone jarring bouncy ride in any swell/chop. No 71kg 3.8m rib with a shallow V (15 deg dead rise) will be anything other than harsh and lively when pushing on in these conditions. To be more seaworthy/forgiving you really need the weight and deep V of something like the small Seariders.
The Ribeye TS370 & 400 are very similar to the Highfield and I did consider these as well.
If your OK with more weight then the next step up would be something like the Mercury Quicksilver Ocean Runner 420 & 460. At around 120/130kg and deeper 20 deg dead rise these should be slightly better in chop. Getting too heavy to haul up the beach though and also need long shaft motors (up to 40/60hp - nice). I was also tempted by one of these but practically take you firmly into the fully trailered launch and retrieval category.
Personally, if you don't need to roll/fold up your boat then the lightweight aluminium hulled Highfield & Ribeye ribs provide real performance advantages over similar sized sibs, while still retaining the ability to be hand launched on transom wheels if required.
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