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Old 24 December 2004, 05:25   #11
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i will make my comments not that i know much

i found my 4.5m valiant was so bad in the chop i changed it for a new one with a jockey consul which changed the handling total more weight up front
the vailant as a medium deep hull very sharp front with a medium rear

phils searider is a top class rib and will outclass me in the chop all day long
but he allways gets wet my rib is a very dry ride

but its all down to what you are going to use the boat for if you all ways go out in force 4/5 buy a searider or ribcraft deep v. if you like me go out as much as possable like a bit of speed buy a medium v and and have fun

andy i think you could have two groups of rib speed over rough water handling


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Old 24 December 2004, 05:40   #12
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Out of interst what boat did best on the ribnet circumnavigation of the IOW!
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Old 24 December 2004, 05:51   #13
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on the august failed IOW which biggles sorted

i think only eight ribs went passed the needles

lord sir phil davies 4m searider
bilge rat 4.7 sea sport
biggles 3.6 avon
andy high tower
andy bilgerats mate 5.4 searider
DAN TD5 4.5 valiant

pete7 old spice


i think pete7 boat was the best we all followed in his wake as he parted the waves like god
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Old 24 December 2004, 05:59   #14
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Being a Searider owner and a very old one at that I would like to add that IMHO the Searider is not a very good hull for fast cruising.

I think its more for rough seas.

I find at high speeds mine has a tendancy to wander quite drastically. I think the experts call it chine. That is on a smooth sea at about 35 Mph on a 4 Mtr hull.

Thats my experience and you really need to be aware of it. It is bad enough to throw you in to the sea if your not expecting it.

Regards and Merry Xmas Biggles.
That's kind of part of the fun - having to DRIVE the boat.

Being able to run flat out at 40+ knots without even a wobble is not nearly as much fun!
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Old 24 December 2004, 06:00   #15
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So many people buy a Searider as their first RIB, then a year or so later buy a different make! And quite often of the same approximate size.
Probably to get more seating.
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Old 24 December 2004, 06:02   #16
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That says a lot for the boat cos he drives like he was taught by David Manning! ( only joking Phil your'e not even that good!) sorry couldn't resist the opportunity to take the Arthur Bliss

I was working that day it was pretty rough weather if I remember correctly.

How many started apart from 5 that made it to the Needles
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Old 24 December 2004, 06:08   #17
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yeah! you can get through the Chine walk if you have enough power but it is a character building exercise the first few times.

Duncan and i have similar boats we both have 5.4 Sea Riders and 6.5 metre Scorpions with similar power plants. I love the Scorpion but the Avon makes me feel much more like a boat driver and I don't care if it gets scratched!.

To get back to the point however perhaps the ideal boat would have to have Variable ballast


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Must have been at least 20 RIBs that day! Most made it to Alum Bay for food and to get thrown off the beach. Only 7 of us went round the Noodles and if I can remember someone was driving like it was a mill pond!! Was that Phils Searider?

I remember who it was.....It was Robin in his Ribcraft. Now that's a nice little go'er
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Old 24 December 2004, 06:17   #19
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"Best rough water hull design"

Whether a rib, or hard boat, I would say the ultra warped, Bill Maloney designed, 'Sorcerer' hull is by far the best as far as ability in bad conditions, whilst maintaing a comfortable, safe ride, as long as you don't want a boat that'll go very fast as well, ie, not exceeding 50 mph.

They're awsome!
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Old 24 December 2004, 06:29   #20
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