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Old 28 September 2014, 03:26   #1
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I am seriously considering buying a Highfield OM540 and was wondering if anyone had any views or comments about these boats. I am looking for a RIB that will do the normal family stuff but also cut it in the rough stuff in terms of a good soft ride in waves, no slamming etc. any help would be most appreciated.
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Old 28 September 2014, 03:58   #2
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I am seriously considering buying a Highfield OM540 and was wondering if anyone had any views or comments about these boats.
looks like you asked the same question last weekend - were you hoping for more replies? Highfield is a relatively new brand so its unlikely that many people have a properly informed opinion - but search the forum and you will find some comments on the brand in general (mostly positive) and how their boats (bigger than this?) handled the round Ireland "race" about a year ago (again positive feedback).

If YOU really want to know how the handle you'd be far better going for a test drive.
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I am looking for a RIB that will do the normal family stuff but also cut it in the rough stuff in terms of a good soft ride in waves, no slamming etc. any help would be most appreciated.
Anyone who claims a 5.4m rib won't slam in the rough stuff is talking pish. Some boats are definitely worse than others (and some are really bad) but I think any RIB can be made to slam if you drive it badly enough in the right/wrong conditions. Its all subjective based on helmsmans ability, what else he has driven, the conditions - and what they consider rough.
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Old 28 September 2014, 04:15   #3
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and how their boats (bigger than this?) handled the round Ireland "race" about a year ago (again positive feedback).
Err, yeah. The boats handled it just fine. The crews got the cr@p beat out of them. "Pounding" was the word I heard. In fairness, it WAS rough and they were long days, but I'd echo Poly's opinion about smaller RIBs and roughish water - they're all going to bang around once on the plane.

BTW Poly, have you seen my duck? I was only checking this thread 'cos I thought I heard quacking...
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Old 28 September 2014, 04:39   #4
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BTW Poly, have you seen my duck? I was only checking this thread 'cos I thought I heard quacking...
Listen carefully, you might even find your duck's sounding a little hoarse... Falcated duck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia but its had a long journey !
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Old 28 September 2014, 04:57   #5
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It looks like if you open 3 the same threads people start to response
I have ordered 540 OM but delivery will be March next year.
I'm from Poland so took a risk and not try boat before buy it.
But I'm HONDA fan. Even I know that HONDA only gives "a name" for them.

I own HONWAVE T38IE2 plus HONDA BF20 and it sets allow us to have wonderful time in Greece.

I hope that another set branded as HONDA (HONDA OM 540 and HONDA BF100) allow us to have longer trips in Greece. I will test set with my family (2+3) on the next vacation (8 weeks) so will gave a feedback. But I'm not credible person. I'm SIB-man. This is my first RIB.

It is the only one RIB which allow me to follow new rules in Poland according GVW.
Based on my car GVW whole set (boat, engine, petrol, equipment, trailer) cannot exceed 950 kg. And OM540 is the only one.

I do really appreciate how Steve works, response for all emails, reasonable answers so I do not hesitate to buy from UK dealer. And UK dealer is the only one now who can offer so family friendly setup (DL version - 5 bakists/lockers, family console)

https://www.facebook.com/seaswiftboa...type=1&theater

If I be UK citizen (do not worry I will stay in Poland or move to Greece ) I prefer to test OM 540 DL in nature. This is the best opportunity to select a boat.

Each people have different needs and you can not only base on internet opinions.
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Rib Fisherman, left a response in your thread from last week (21/09) that echoes Poly's note. Best to go for a try in this and other manuf boats and choose what suits you best for ride, launch / recovery and price - you can get a lot of boat 2nd hand for the same money.
Believe the round Ireland boats were the 500 (5m) versions and as Willik says they took a pounding and like several others came out unscathed (some came out broken and needed a tow but that's a whole other thread )
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I had a poke around the Highfields at the boat show. The one with the cuddy wheelhouse was very poorly finished. The hulls look a tad shallow at the pointy end, probably down to being fabricated rather than moulded.
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Lol, I saw a photo of the cuddy wheelhouse one - its not a looker. What size was it?
I had an issue with the finish of the 460 when I owned it - the console was fixed using self tapping screws instead of bolted and wobbled after a while. From what I've been told thats now been rectified but I couldn't say for sure.

My 590 seems good so far although its only had 30hrs or so of use.
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Chunk, were you and your Highfield at Salen Jetty on Loch Sunart a couple of weeks ago?
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Borrowboy, sorry was't me. Coincidently I was chatting with a mate on Sat about a trip to loch sunart, poss mid Oct if the weather holds.
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