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Old 10 August 2007, 17:51   #11
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One thing I have noticed with ribs compared to ski's is how hard the hull slams onto the sea in choppy conditions, not half as bad on a ski.
Still after all that, ski has been sold, and looking forward to owning my own rib. Probably a 5.8 Vipermax, I like the solid well built hull.
You need to go on a decent RIB then!!! My hull is such a deep V you barely feel the landings - it really is a very soft ride - boring in fact!!!
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Old 10 August 2007, 17:53   #12
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jet ski's are off coarse a lot more zippy and manoeuvrable than bigger craft and can be used to an advantage in certain situations but would never out perform a good rib from A to B in rough sea's.
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So this is what a jetski is like in average size waves - OUCH!!!

Don't get me wrong I admire their speed and shallow water ability - as well as their nippiness but I suspect the bigger they are getting the slower they turn???
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so sounds like a big 3 seater jetski could be just as good or better than a 5m rib .
Iam gonna have to try one out

i see a few being launched tey go off 2 up and i often see them round at the beaches etc , making as good a speed as me in a choppy sea .

I can't help but wonder on a budget of say 8 grand which gets you the best craft . Iam guessing the 4 strokes are more economical than even a small 4 stroke rib and easier to tow, launch , beach , and store . Ok you can't take loads of gear and get wet , but
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Economical??? Read the posts - a 130hp will use the same as - err a 130hp on a RIB - roughly!!! Some of the boys with the supercharged models are using more fuel than my 225 2 stroke!!!
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More to the point...

...where do you carry the dive gear/fishing gear/family/beer/girlfriend or two/dog/camping gear/cooler/etc.

If I wanted to bomb around being an annoying little gnat, I'd drive a jetski. But since I use my boat as a tool for living all sorts of adventures, I'll stick to my RIB thanks!
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an annoying little gnat
Arn't they more like your infamous black flies?
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So this is what a jetski is like in average size waves - OUCH!!!

Don't get me wrong I admire their speed and shallow water ability - as well as their nippiness but I suspect the bigger they are getting the slower they turn???
Like I said before, Jetski's are not for wuss's, looks like they are having great fun to me, the big giveaway are the screams of pleasure. Don't knock one unless you have tried one.

PS: not all Jetskiers are nobburs!!!! some are responsible.
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jet ski's are great fun in the right hands but do tend to have a lager lout following, and all this talk of one out performing a 5 metre rib is laughable, agreed maybe a shallow or medium vee rib but not a proper sea going hull, as i said they are far more manoeverable but will not punch through a rough head sea at any constant speed to trouble a proper sea going rib, you will be ejected from the seat in my experience.
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Old 11 August 2007, 09:27   #20
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Like I said before, Jetski's are not for wuss's, looks like they are having great fun to me, the big giveaway are the screams of pleasure. Don't knock one unless you have tried one.

PS: not all Jetskiers are nobburs!!!! some are responsible.
Never said they were - in fact it really annoys me that they have banned them from launching at our harbour slip and they are forced to use the slip that is in the open sea - it gets very dodgy there and it is putting their lives at risk for no reason.

Because of this there are less jetskis out in rough conditions - far from being a nuisance they were a great safety asset to other boaters as I am sure they would be the best to help if someone capsized on the harbour bar.
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