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Old 01 April 2017, 10:32   #1
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Mystery hull identification

Hi just wondering if anyone can identify this hull we just acquired it couldn't have been any cheaper as it was free but I'd like to know what we have
Its 5.7m from point of tubes to rear of tubes or 5.4 from transom to front of tubes
It has a flooding hull with the air intake in the front of the floor rather than the hull like a searider and a big hole in the rear deck to drain the deck rather than elephants trunks

Any info gratefully received

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Old 03 April 2017, 03:32   #2
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Nobody got any clues on this ? I thought someone would have thrown up a name straight away
It looks a bit Avon ish but I'm sure it's not a 5.4
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Old 03 April 2017, 06:31   #3
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flatacraft?
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Old 03 April 2017, 07:57   #4
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Thanks Jeff There is a bit of a family resemblance but the boat is larger than the 4m you linked to
I've tried googling the 5.5 flatacraft but no good pictures come up the 100% confirm
Anyone got any good pics of a one
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Old 03 April 2017, 08:35   #5
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have a look on here thread started by JSP 18th sept 2008.

rodellaribs 6th march 2014 post 23 similar pics
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have a look on here thread started by JSP 18th sept 2008.

rodellaribs 6th march 2014 post 23 similar pics
Yes indeed it looks very similar and the phantom hull would make sense as its quite narrow and a reasonable vee however no mention of a flooding hull
Our boat has a flooding hull which looks pretty standard
At first glance it looked like the one we have was either a force 5 or maybe a 6 depending on how they measured them but the flooding hull is making me think maybe not
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found this but no stern shot
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Just had another look and I think you are correct Jeff there are too many similarities to the picture of the merlin to discount it. I guess flatacraft did a few models some flooding some not
Thanks for the pointer I'll do some more digging and see what info I can find
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i owned a force 4 gt years ago handles on the stern /stubby tube ends thats what made me think flatacraft and you're right they did lots of variations built in leicester from memory.
possibly dive / safety boat with flooding hull for stability? thier bow tubes tendered to be thinner too as i recall
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could those fittings be for a bow tank, rather than a flooding hull void?
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