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Old 19 April 2006, 13:07   #41
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True enough, but I have seen the boat in the "flesh" so to speak and one side appears to be "banana shaped" and the other straight (ish). I will ask the owner if we can take more photo's if you wish.. perhaps with the help of a straight edge to remove the subjectivity

all my 6.3m ribs are the same. pop over to our factory, you can spend all day rolling around in the mould if you want? if that stops you waisting my time?

are you in the boat storage place where the rib used to be??
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Old 19 April 2006, 13:26   #42
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I think if you looked at our ribs, which you have not obviously, you would find it on both sides. as it was designed and built to be like it.
yes i have looked at your rib, and i can say catagorically that the port side has a "hook", the stbd side does not! Funny how several people say the same thing! So tell me how this is built into the design?
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Old 19 April 2006, 13:40   #43
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Old 19 April 2006, 13:42   #44
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are you in the boat storage place where the rib used to be??
Yes.. why? If you wish to look over my boat for some reason I'll be happy to meet you there, or Stuart or Jasper, could show you round. If that is some sort of veiled threat to the safety of my boat, you would be making a mistake. I would love to visit your unit as I can see the plug that you designed and took the mould off and remove all this "splashing" controversy. I'm down either later this week or early next week, whichever is convenient.
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Old 19 April 2006, 14:50   #45
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If that is some sort of veiled threat to the safety of my boat, you would be making a mistake.
I'm sure Mr Leeway isn't stupid enough to even think of such a thing!

Damaging anyones boat in spite, would indeed be a mistake of biblical proportions.
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Old 19 April 2006, 15:01   #46
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Just finished reading lengthy Talk about leeway 'splashing design' !!! Can anyone tell tell me if the end product is any Good ??? Thanks for your advice G L
All I can say is that you should base your new purchase in two area's.

1. Speak to everyone that owns the particular Make and model of RIB that your interested in to get a feeling of Quality, after sales and just gut feelings.

2. Go and see for yourself, ask the questions and have a play (hands on approach)

Trouble with the first one is that if you're dealing with a small producer, it might be difficult to find numbers of customers that will give you feedback. "Is it worth the gamble" I hear you telling yourself! Maybe, maybe not! Quite often a small supplier of RIB's will offer them cheaper as overheads are cheaper and he might be trying to make a name for himself and be aware that happy customers will sell RIB's for him, just by word of mouth.

Contact Leeway and ask him to supply details of previous customers so that you can get their views.

If you don't feel confident buying from a little known RIB manufacturer, might well be worth saving a bit and going for a more well known RIB manufacturer RIBcraft, Osprey, Solent but to name a few. You will get a proven quality product but will cost you much money when it's quite possible there's a cheaper and just as capable (for your needs) alternitive.
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Old 19 April 2006, 16:09   #47
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I owned a South African boat it make was wild cat That had a hooked hull at the sterned .Having asked at several boat builders it was their opion that it was a manufactureing fault and bad workmanship.I cant of course comment on leeways hull as i have never seen it.
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Old 19 April 2006, 16:13   #48
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I owned a South African boat it make was wild cat That had a hooked hull at the sterned .Having asked at several boat builders it was their opion that it was a manufactureing fault and bad workmanship.I cant of course comment on leeways hull as i have never seen it.
No, No, No! Leeways port side 'hook' was 'designed' in, using his computer aided design package, to enhance the rough water ability. Don't you rissen to nuffink?
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Old 19 April 2006, 16:15   #49
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One thing you should also consider in your purchase would be who supplies the tubes for the hull and wether or not they have a good standard of workmanship .I cant help as i dont knw who supplies to leeway.
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Old 19 April 2006, 18:10   #50
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Get a life guys! I'm new to RIB ing but one thing I've learnt is that there are a lot of opiniated people on this forum who have many axes to grind. We all have our favourites and that includes the boats we use, but ultimately we're in this to have a good time out at sea in fantastic machines that we have the great privilege to be able to afford.

Of course there are design similarities but show me one RIB design that is "unique" and I'll eat my stethoscope!

I've never seen a Leeway but they look like great boats to me (novice) and are obviously built and designed by a passionate enthusiast. Good luck to him. If you don't like them then you don't have to buy them.

By the way, you may have seen my previous threads about buying my first RIB. Well I bought a second hand RIBEYE from JBT. She is beautifully made, wonderful out in Plymouth sound and brings a wide grin to my face...i.e. I dont care if people dont like her.

So guys, get out on yer boats, shutdown your computers and stop slagging each other off.....its so dull!

And get laid!!!!!

Jon (back from the pub and going out again)
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