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Old 09 February 2010, 19:43   #31
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You say you would like a Redbay But it is too much! Well as the UK importer I can supply you a new Redbay Stormforce 6.1m fitted with a Suzuki 140hp on a trailer for 29,400 inc vat. How does that sound? With a quick order we could probably push that through in 10-12 weeks and built to your specification.
Let me know. Ed MRL www.mrl-uk.com
Less than I thought (I thought I saw 35k in one of the mags) ... but still about 10k more than I really want to spend


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Stephen, A well set up roller trailer is a doddle to use on your own. I generally launch my VMax on my own and have beach launched as well as slip launched.

If I were always launching on really shallow beaches then I would set the rollers to a much higher setting.
The issue I am worried about is the boat staying in one place while I hop off to winch - it's very windy here and a 15-20kt crosswind is not at all unusual, such that you often have to hit the trailer at several knots just to be able to maintain steering control on the approach, or the wind catches the bow and you miss the trailer and end up on the beach before you can say bollocks

I know you can fit guide poles, I'd just like to try the whole operation in windy conditions on a rocky beach to see if I could do it without pranging the prop or having the boat f off in the breeze without me in it

All just thoughts running around my tiny mind at the moment, got a bit of time to think about it anyway as my prospective buyer has left the country for a couple of weeks.
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Old 10 February 2010, 04:07   #32
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Stephen, you could have a new Osprey V-max 7.0 meter for that price with an e-tec on the back including a trailer

I would have a chat with Roy at Osprey UK. He knows of a number of second hand boats for sale and I recall he may have a couple of VM's in your budget.

His number is on their website http://www.ospreyribs.co.uk/contact_us.html

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The issue I am worried about is the boat staying in one place while I hop off to winch - it's very windy here and a 15-20kt crosswind is not at all unusual, such that you often have to hit the trailer at several knots just to be able to maintain steering control on the approach, or the wind catches the bow and you miss the trailer and end up on the beach before you can say bollocks

I know you can fit guide poles, I'd just like to try the whole operation in windy conditions on a rocky beach to see if I could do it without pranging the prop or having the boat f off in the breeze without me in it

All just thoughts running around my tiny mind at the moment, got a bit of time to think about it anyway as my prospective buyer has left the country for a couple of weeks.
If you had set the trailer up so that the rollers were high enough then you could drive onto the trailer however if you are on a steep slop then you would roll off again unless you left it in gear as Bruce suggested.

In fairness it does sound like you have a solution that works for you so as much as a roller trailer might suit most applications you maybe better off with a bunk from what you describe.
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Old 10 February 2010, 04:33   #33
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In fairness it does sound like you have a solution that works for you so as much as a roller trailer might suit most applications you maybe better off with a bunk from what you describe.
Better the devil you know I guess

I suppose I don't have the range of experience of either doing or watching others when it comes to this, and all I know is that of the limited number of boats here with several different flavours of home-build and commercially bought trailers, everybody else I watch manages to make much harder work (and usually a much bigger hash up) of the bit twixt land and sea than I do

7m is too big for me really, trying to keep the running costs down so I use it more!
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Old 10 February 2010, 05:17   #34
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Better the devil you know I guess

7m is too big for me really, trying to keep the running costs down so I use it more!
I guess I was just making the point that Ospreys are better V4M
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Old 10 February 2010, 07:32   #35
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Stephen - do you pay VAT in the FI's? if not then a new boat may well work out better priced than say a 1yr old privately owned one?

I understand where you're coming from with your warranty worries - but I suspect that a good manufacturer knowing you are the wrong end of the world would be willing to help in some way with problems if you bought it direct from them - but less inclined if there was a 3rd party who owned it first.
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We can reclaim VAT on export and yes that is a great incentive to think hard about new options
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Old 11 February 2010, 01:24   #37
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Stephen - good luck in whatever way you decide to go - you've had some interesting challenges with your RIB fun and can understand your caution regarding warrenties etc. I hope you get a really cracking replacement
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How about a diesel waterjet? It's a 6m (hull length) and 120hp, very economical and not complicated!
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How about a diesel waterjet? It's a 6m (hull length) and 120hp, very economical and not complicated!
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Kelp

Jets are absolutely useless here - people have tried them and they spend most of their time going round in circles swearing it's heaving with the stuff everywhere.

Diesel sterdrive would be nice but outside my price range (again)
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Jets are absolutely useless here - people have tried them and they spend most of their time going round in circles swearing it's heaving with the stuff everywhere.

Diesel sterdrive would be nice but outside my price range (again)
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