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Old 30 January 2005, 15:22   #1
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New Excalibur 8m Diesel

Out today in Kinsale and saw the new excalibur 8m Diesel. Cracking looking boat and seems to go like hell too. more pics at http://www.gaelforceventures.com/

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Old 30 January 2005, 16:09   #2
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Nice looking rib but at 8m I would want more than four seats ! I assume it costs a million euro ?
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Old 30 January 2005, 17:06   #3
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I assume it costs a million euro ?
I don't know the cost, but they are certainly selling across their range. Kinsale and crosshaven are full of them

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Old 30 January 2005, 17:23   #4
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Yeah, nice looking boat.

I like the very large anchor locker, that presumably has stacks of stowage with the additional benefit, that if you stuff it, she should still retain pretty good buoyancy with that layout.
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Old 31 January 2005, 04:08   #5
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Seriously though, on a boat that size would you not want the "option " of more seating ? My 6m valiant has more jockey seats than that
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Old 31 January 2005, 07:18   #6
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Seriously though, on a boat that size would you not want the "option " of more seating ? My 6m valiant has more jockey seats than that
Difficult to see from the pic where more seating could be put in. The inboard engine box takes up what 1 metre or so of room where in an outboard boat another row of jockeys or a bench seat could go in. Some kind of occasional bench seating could be integrated into the engine box I would think. You could also turn the rear set of jockeys into double jockeys for slim folk!

To me it looks like a very well set up boat for long distance cruising for 4 people, which is a very reasonable proposition!
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Old 31 January 2005, 08:06   #7
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On Stuffing...

This picture doesn't show the high bow on the Excalibur boats. To stuff one would take more than a deliberate effort. The tubes are 22" dia so the buouancy in the bow is huge. Top speed is around 45mph.

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Old 31 January 2005, 08:38   #8
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I'd still rather have one of these:



P.S. How do you do that thumbnail thing?
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Old 31 January 2005, 08:39   #9
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Was talking to Joe and Ronan in East Ferry on Saturday, and had a look at the new 8m. Really, the picture doesn't do the boat justice. I agree with Mark on the bow sheer having seen the boat in the flesh (or should that be hypalon?) it would take a lot of effort and a huuuge sea to stuff that boat.

This was my first close-up look at an Excalibur and I have to say, I really was very impressed. Everything on the RIBs was quality, and there is a lot of attention to detail put into the boats. Great sea boats, high bows, big tubes and great protection from the large screen. If anybody is considering a Redbay/Tornado or the like, then I seriously reccommend having a look at these also.

The 8m really was something, however Ronan's 7.0m/Opti 225 rig would probably be more within our budget for the next RIB and is on the list. Just have to convince the ol' fella now

Will post some pictures later when I finish college.
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Just out of interest it looks from the photo that the windscreen is only attached at the bottom of the console and not the hand rail.

Is that correct ?

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