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Old 22 November 2009, 03:43   #1
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Leeway Ribs

Anyone know much about these? good, bad or ugly??? Are they any good in big seas?
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Old 22 November 2009, 03:52   #2
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Typing 'Leeway' into the search should give you all the info you need. They've been discussed at length a few times.

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It makes for some entertaining reading so i'll save you some time:
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=Leeway
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=leeway
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=leeway
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Old 22 November 2009, 03:59   #3
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Anyone know much about these? good, bad or ugly??? Are they any good in big seas?
TD - you've been around here long enough that you can't have missed these discussions:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=21467
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=909
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=14526
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=14248
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13974
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=11689



Perhaps a PM discussion with Doug (Stormforce) might get you a more honest opinion without the politics - as I think Doug has owned one (or still does?) and is likely to have used it in a range of conditions and have experience of other boats to compare it to.
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Perhaps a PM discussion with Doug (Stormforce) might get you a more honest opinion without the politics - as I think Doug has owned one (or still does?) and is likely to have used it in a range of conditions and have experience of other boats to compare it to.
Very good advice!
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Old 22 November 2009, 11:38   #5
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Had one for three years from new, sold it cheap on here at the beginning of this summer in order to move it on.

Takes a bit more driving skill than many other boats in rough weather as it has a fairly low bow. NO problem however once you adapt

Size wise a leeway 6.3 is smaller than other 6.3s but price makes up for this.

They are very light boats which means you can run with a fairly small and economical engine. We had a 2s 90HP on a 6.3 which was plenty for what we did (4 crew on board).

Fuel tank was I thought a bit small (68litres), (particularly if you went for something bigger like a 115hp) and there was no easy fix to this due to lack of available space.

Seats were a bit smaller than most people would like but I guess they had to fit into the boat.

The GRP work was good; unfortunately the same level of workmanship was not continued throughout our boat.

On the plus side, you get a lot of boat for your money, on the flip side you get what you pay for and that does not include any after sales service, something I mistakenly did not recognise the value of. I will not be returning to this brand.
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Old 22 November 2009, 11:56   #6
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My much better half really enjoyed doing her PB2 with you,one thing she did say (and she knows nothing aboout ribs etc) its quick and easy to handle but a tad slappy, is it supposed to be like that?? though it was hilarious

i have also heard that he is also very helpfull and competitive on pricing e;g up for doing a deal.

what ribs are you running Doug?
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Having been to the rescue of a floundering Leeway which the tubes had nearly complete come off in I wouldn't buy one. They are very small RIBs.
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They are very small RIBs.
Tim - can you help me understand that comment. Firstly surely they come in all sort of sizes including 8m+ can that be "very small" - do you mean narrow beam? Secondly since their hull form is alleged to be very similar to a number of other brands - how can it be any smaller than those?
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If you don't follow go and have a look at one; as Doug said, everything feels very small. Small console, very narrow beam, small tubes. His 6.3 looked smaller than my Ribtec 585 (although I'm sure that, yes, it was in fact longer)

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Don't ask me, I'm neither a magician or a boat builder!
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what ribs are you running Doug?
  • Valiant 750 (actually near enough 8m)
  • Ribeye 785


A strong contendor for the next one is XS as I have nothing but good things to say about the old Tornados and Barnett Marine (effectivly same people as XS now).
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