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Old 02 June 2003, 06:22   #1
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Hi,

I'm looking at a 5.2m Narwhal.

Does anyone have any experience of this model or make ?

Has any one got a link to their website, I can't find any details anywhere.

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Old 02 June 2003, 06:57   #2
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Hi Mike, i've not had any real experience of Narwhal but be careful if you do look at one as i've heard some real horror stories about build quality especially older boats.

No offence meant to Narwhal owners !!!

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Old 02 June 2003, 06:59   #3
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Hi,

Rib International had a review of the Narwhal 5.2 in their April 2003 issue. They posted www.viking_life.com as the web address and vikingsth@viking_life as the e-mail address
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Old 02 June 2003, 07:17   #4
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My first RIB was a Narwhal what a crock of ?

didnt last more than two years, the tubes were made of hypatex and fell apart and the hull was disformed in the end i dumped it!

probably better now but not impressed then
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Old 02 June 2003, 07:58   #5
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about 8 yrs ago RYA SW region had a 4m? as their regional support boat.
It was not a great boat in my humble opinion, very wet, no space.
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Old 02 June 2003, 08:22   #6
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I had a Narwhal 5m rib... it wasn't new - I'd guess just on or over the 10 year old mark.

About 5mins after buying it, the fabric joining the tube to the hull on the port side came off.... cost a fair bit to fix.

About 6 months on, after I discovered other sections coming off, re-glued etc.... whole family out on river, heard a crack, and the starboard side gave which resulted in water pouring in from the bow

Basically, all the stuff I'd fixed was sound (luckily so), but the previous jobs were dodgy. I think the hull was sound, albeit a bit flat towards the back which didn't make a soft ride.

I have no idea what the new Narwhals are like, and have since sold it, and invested in a new Humber.

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Old 02 June 2003, 08:30   #7
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Thanks all.

I will go and have a look but it sounds like one to be avoided.

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Old 02 June 2003, 09:31   #8
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Heard a great story a while back about a 5 metre Narwahl and a bunch of scouts that managed to rip the transom of the starboard side tube and nearly lost the engine, the tube deflated and the baffles one side had previously blow so the whole boat listed madly and started to sink to one side and it was only the swift intervention of a second rib that saved the day, all crew and kit were removed quickly and they managed to tow and then drag the Narwhal on to a beach, remove the engine and tow the wreck back to base. Would i buy a Narwhal :-)

Ok so in all seriousness the boat was well old and probably didn't have to much left in her, but to have a transom fall off would alarm me especially if i was miles out to sea at the time with no immediate back up.

Hey wana ask Charles about breaking boats seem to recall he's broke one once.


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Hey wana ask Charles about breaking boats seem to recall he's broke one once.


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OI! I did not break the boat - it could not take the pace!!
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