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Old 22 December 2004, 09:48   #21
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Nick - The upholstery isn't done yet but I'll get some photos done of the dash as soon as I can (might be the New Year though)

Brian - Yes that is the plan and it is on the list of things to do as well!

We will continue to develop the boat through the winter and spring with regular updates so please be patient with us - thank you!
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Old 22 December 2004, 11:25   #22
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Congratulations Cookee and Kitten great looking boat and in many ways different from others, surely would like to have test drive.

Email me price when you have available.

Again stunning looking boat

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Old 22 December 2004, 12:03   #23
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Great to see Kitten at the helm too Cooks.

What great satisfaction you must all feel to have built that beautiful boat from scratch.

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Old 22 December 2004, 19:03   #24
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And they work, note the hats are still on at best part of 40mph.
Nice to know people like the look, some times it's a bit like working in a vacuum with only people you know well (who tend to be nice to you and be positive all the time) commenting on the build.
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Old 22 December 2004, 22:10   #25
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Good actually - although some stepped hulls are prone to flipping although our experience of the behaviour of the race boat is that it can spin out if pushed very hard (don't forget the race hull is considerably lighter and with less skeg / gearbox in the water). Despite some overenthusiastic helm work from yours truly in the heat of an offshore race or 2 we have never even come close to rolling / flipping it - ever!

It would be foolish to say anything is foolproof so I won't - but if you are cack handed or even really pushing the boat hard the worst that we have experienced is spinning out and coming to a stop, and that is in race conditions!


Keep the questions coming and I'll answer them the best I can!
Ok I will - at last some detailed answers - love it!!!

Have you tried a transom jack on it or the race boat? Do they make things a bit dicier in the handling dept?

The RIB I am having built is more leisure orientated but it will be my first - my next one who knows - I do tend to take everything I do to extremes!!!
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Old 23 December 2004, 04:50   #26
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Ok I will - at last some detailed answers - love it!!!

Have you tried a transom jack on it or the race boat? Do they make things a bit dicier in the handling dept?

The RIB I am having built is more leisure orientated but it will be my first - my next one who knows - I do tend to take everything I do to extremes!!!
We have used a jack from day 1 in the race boat, the leisure boat will probably not get one unless we want to do some engine height testing -

I really believe that they are at best a waste of money on a leisure boat, and at worst a very easy way of blowing up your moter or crashing! To get any benefit you really need a low water pickup on the gearbox or a transom pickup

As far as handling is concerned they can be dodgy to say the least! Raised up they decrease drag from the gearbox but also reduce the amount of stability both in corners and in a straight line. If the engine is raised too high a boat can swop ends all of a sudden whilst going in a straight line - also cornering grip is reduced greatly, and conventional v's or stepped hulls will spin out and or hook and eject thier occupants! - the only benefit is straight line speed, and with the right prop and gearbox we are talking 5 mph at most with a 5" or 6" lifter.

Lastly if you are getting a lifter use it in the car park only if you have no experience of them, and go and see Neil Holmes and get some tuition on driving race / high performance boats.

Hope that helps,
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Old 23 December 2004, 04:51   #27
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And they work, note the hats are still on at best part of 40mph.
Nice to know people like the look, some times it's a bit like working in a vacuum with only people you know well (who tend to be nice to you and be positive all the time) commenting on the build.
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OK then it's no Pacific, but it will do
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Old 23 December 2004, 04:53   #28
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OK then it's no Pacific, but it will do
You fitted that light weight racing hatch yet????
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You fitted that light weight racing hatch yet????
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Not yet crane is out of actoin

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Old 23 December 2004, 05:29   #30
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the only benefit is straight line speed
Not sure I agree with that totally.

There's evidence that assuming you have the apropriate right propeller type, raising the motor when running in a chop, particularly a head sea, it's advantageous, due to the 'thrust line' being raised, thus the nose will stay put without the need for the inefficiancies of a loaded bow tank, or over triming in.

Of course, all this is only really relevent for high performance/racing.

Speaking of high performance, have you concidered visiting our 'friendly' performance website at www.boatmad.com
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