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Old 06 July 2006, 06:37   #11
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Last year i was using one of our 6.3m ribs and i could single handed trailer, launch and retrieve with ease. i think a 6.3 will be just as easy as a 5m.
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Old 06 July 2006, 06:54   #12
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Thanks!

Thanks for this advice, all very useful.

Yes that is a dining table! It telescopes back down to become part of the deck; i thought that was kind of nifty!

My aim was to keep it simple; bigger boat means bigger engine means higher fuel consumption means higher cost all round.

Maybe I can start with the 4.7m, and if it turns out too small p/ex it for a 6m next year.

There are plenty of good quality slips round here, so it is reassuring that launching and recovering should be straightforward. I have a big hangar in which to store the boat so no problems there, and I have an Audi S4 to pull it, (4wd, plenty of poke). Would the S4 pull a 6/6.5m RIB OK?

Also, as I'm buying this in France, I have to do a test to get a coastal licence before I can even go out in it. I believe in the UK no such restriction exists...?
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Old 06 July 2006, 06:56   #13
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There are plenty of good quality slips round here, so it is reassuring that launching and recovering should be straightforward. I have a big hangar in which to store the boat so no problems there, and I have an Audi S4 to pull it, (4wd, plenty of poke). Would the S4 pull a 6/6.5m RIB OK?


might start to wobble over the 125mph mark !!
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Old 06 July 2006, 07:10   #14
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It would tow it but with no low range you may have issue on the slip, thats a lot of power going through the clutch. Also check weights as i very much doubt the S4 is capable (legally) of towing any more than 1500Kg.
It is not designed to be a tow car so i doubt that they would put the extra weight on the car so it can tow heavy weights.

Hope that helps.
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Old 07 July 2006, 05:45   #15
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Providing your car is not on sliipy parts pf the slipway the car will pull the boat out with no problems, and road towing should'nt be a problem either. Using a rope will allow you to get the car on the right bit. I think the Jackeens tow their 6.5 with an Audi

Beware of your kids skeletons if you are going to bounce them around on toobs! Dont forget they are not formed properly yet.

Re the test, you are correct any fool can buy a boat and endager other water users without any form of test.! if you cant find a trainer then buy a good book on the subject so you can get your theory right. Powerboating by Paeter White is excellent

http://www.bookharbour.com/epages/St...oducts/SLG0399
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