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Old 17 August 2014, 17:03   #21
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Kernow Liam, probably best to go out and try before you part with your money. Don't believe there's any anti-rib manufacturer feelings on here, but people are always going to be dubious of a newcomer in an established marketplace, especially when they are made in the far east vs a local builder you can go to visit.
I guess time will tell if Highfields live up to the hype. For my own part I have taken a leap of faith (and hope never to need the warranties )
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Old 17 August 2014, 17:07   #22
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Where in the Duchy are you bases Liam?
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Old 29 October 2014, 06:53   #23
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Kernow Liam, probably best to go out and try before you part with your money. Don't believe there's any anti-rib manufacturer feelings on here, but people are always going to be dubious of a newcomer in an established marketplace, especially when they are made in the far east vs a local builder you can go to visit.
I guess time will tell if Highfields live up to the hype. For my own part I have taken a leap of faith (and hope never to need the warranties )
How re you getting on with your Highfield
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Old 29 October 2014, 07:59   #24
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Good, been out most weeks. Had an issue with water in the fuel a few weeks ago but drained the remaining fuel, added wynns dry fuel, changed water fuel filters and all good.
Why did it happen? Almost prophetically Poly (I think) asked about an outlet on the port side. I mentioned that it's a drain for the recess that the fuel filler cap sits in. Anyway, my drain was blocked, the recess filled with water and fresh water entered the tank (from washing down). Have now drilled the holes in the recess that I intended to do before the incident

EDIT: Believe it was the Scottish Boat Show Thread
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Old 29 October 2014, 14:40   #25
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I'm always prophetic it's just not everyone realises.
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Old 29 October 2014, 15:02   #26
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I'm always prophetic it's just not everyone realises.
I knew you'd say that
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Old 12 September 2017, 23:49   #27
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Sorry to dig up an old post, wondering if anyone from 2014 can comment on how their highfield is holding up 3 years later ?
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Old 13 September 2017, 02:46   #28
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Hi

I have a Highfield 5 metre rib purchased in 2014 and its a great boat have taken it out in all sorts of
weather with no problems
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Old 13 September 2017, 03:00   #29
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Mine is holding up

The only thing I have observed I lost paint under wheels keeping boat on trailer Brenderup. Even wheels are blue and big. I have discovered it when snorkel around boat in Greece. On trailer it is not visible. But I tow every year boat to Greece (3-4000 km both way and to Croatia - 3000km both way).

I'm sorry that not buy hypalon version - will have no problem with boat for 10y maybe.
With PVC I have not idea how long it last.

I can complain about rigging but it has been done in Poland. I have bought boat without rigging and engine from SeaSwift (It was Highfield importer in 2014-en). I made more than 5000 km in my boat in Greece and Croatia during 3 years (3 time vacations).

Keep it under breathable cover near house. In winter time in Poland we have usually few weeks with -20C.

Below mentioned picture from this year


When I bought it prices were lower than now.
Now I see for OM540DL with ORCA hypalon almost 30 kGBP

RIBCRAFT 5,3 PRO in Layout 4 is 24 k GBP.

For me personally current Hghfield is overpriced compare to RIBCRAFT. Or I have not up to date RIBCRAFT price list.

Redbay 6,1 in setup similar to OM DL series full setup with trailer 37 kGBP
Highfield 5,9 with ORCA hypalon be 32 k GBP including trailer

If well know UK brand be very close to Highfield price I would go now to UK brand.
Probably better price to sell after few years.

Still have not problem with mine Highfield but it was good choice when new was cheaper that well know UK brands. Now will buy Redbay 6,1 or RIBCRAFT

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I'm talking about these wheels/rolls:


But I do understand that I travel a lot so not even asked Highfield for help. No sign of corrosion. Only lost small part of paint
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Old 13 September 2017, 07:40   #30
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Hi, Nothing wrong with any Highfields I have been on but having seen the new kid on the block Probond Marines Carson range and tested a larger version there a few things about that boat I like more. Like all these things it is my own taste though but my likes are
6m+ have D tubes
stainless transom
far more deck space
No dram ride handling ie I would be happy to be in them all day
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