Originally Posted by Polwart
I have seen one in the flesh - but not been for a trial on one. (As you know I have a competitors smaller equivalent). I bought a 'rigid tubed boat' based on my viewing of macs.
There is no disputing that it won't look as nice a rib. At a glance from a far it is hard to tell the difference but up close you will know. Dundee is relatively close to here (compared to the falklands!) and I have people I visit every month or two up there so I can pop in and get more pics etc if you need them. Of course the guys there know their stuff and will probably be happy to help on the phone / email anyway.
I've already got quite a few pics from them and I like it, just that they are obviously the manufacturers so are bound to "big it up" while being economical with comments about any drawbacks, and there is no substitute for having a look, poke, prod, scrape or smack with a 7lb hammer first hand, or talking to somebody who has if you can't
The only thing I don't like is the selection of consoles and seating, they seem to mostly concentrate on "normal" seats whereas what I would prefer is a console and jockey seating more or less exactly like the one on the Humber.
I did see something somewhere that suggested that the hull was not as well finished as GRP because of the limitations of the moulding process - you can make mirror smooth finishes but it needs a special mould which only lasts a short time so they use metal moulds to keep the cost reasonable. I'm not that bothered about that - robustness comes way above appearance after the last nine months!
I wasn't that convinced about the cushioning effect of tubes either - on the basis that I know if you have a heavy landing onto a jockey seat your b****cks hurt before most of the tubes hit the water
and let us not forget some of the best riding ribs like Scorpions have very high tubes anyway and they don't sit in the water most of the time do they?
Ah well - plenty of time yet though - still got to repair and sell this one, either of which may prove problematic!