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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

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Old 31 January 2005, 08:40   #10
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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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Old 31 January 2005, 09:07   #11
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New 8m Inboard and 7m on the way

I was down in Kinsale on Sat. and saw the 8m being launched. Lovely jubliey! You could if you werent to fussy (with a couple of pints) sleep in the bow locker. Its hugh! We've only gone and ordered a 7m Excaliber and am looking forward to blasting around the place in it! Its mainly for diving though. Should be out in April. Will have a new designed console thats a bit narrower for us awkward divers. will post pics when she is up and running. When were rich and famous we will have to go for a inboard diesel. Like em, Love em!
To answer your question the "windscreen" is attached just above where the handrail is attached to the console.
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Old 31 January 2005, 10:00   #12
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Bet the owner replaces the windscreen within 3 years!
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Old 31 January 2005, 12:34   #13
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Photos as promised.

Really like Ronan's black steelwork, especially the A-frame/engine guard.

Joe, if you read this what kinda top end does the diesel get? I know you told me 44, but was that mph/knots?? Would like to call in and see the place in Riverstick sometime if thats ok?? May have a potential customer for you also
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Old 31 January 2005, 13:29   #14
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well i think the one with the blue tubes is the best

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Old 31 January 2005, 13:44   #15
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thats the one i was on on saturday for a trial spin. 47.5 knots with a full fuel load. or what? Mad Ted. Joe even managed to scare the living s--- out of me. Apparently that boat will be on show at the Dublin boat show in Feb, for anyone who is interested in giving them the once over! I can highly recommend them. The lads are great to deal with as well and couldn't be more obliging or helpful.
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Old 31 January 2005, 14:48   #16
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Re: Windscreen.

Hi Mark,

My screen is 5 years old and is as good as new (apart from a few scratches due to the mobile phone case being clipped onto the top of the screen whilst wakeboarding). As the screen bar is completely separate from the screen, the screen is less likely to be broken by anyone grabbing it or falling against it. The fact that you would want to be built like a brick sh*t house, to be able to break the screen by hand, is probably irrelevant. The only thing that will damage the screen is if petrol is splashed on to it. This hasn't happened to any of the Excalibur Ribs so far, as all fuel fillers are positioned at the front face of the console.

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Old 31 January 2005, 16:23   #17
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I'm out in Dublin soon for a week. When is the boat show. Might try and time the two events together

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Dublin Boat Show 2005

23-27 February at the RDS.

See you there.

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Old 31 January 2005, 16:31   #19
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I'm out in Dublin soon for a week. When is the boat show. Might try and time the two events together


23rd - 27th Feb at the RDS Dublin

http://www.expo-events.com/boatshow/


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Old 31 January 2005, 17:05   #20
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Broken Screen!!

Seems to be a bit of concern about the screen strength! The screens are well protected with the screen bar, however if anyone manages to break one within 5 years I'll happily replace it free of charge! As Mayhem has mentioned the only thing that will damage the screen is petrol.

As for the layout of the boat, we custom build all our boats so it is entirely down to the customer how many seats etc.. they want. The customer with the red diesel boat as photographed in this thread has it built specially for long distance cruising. 4 people on board, all their kit stowed away and nothing stored on deck!

On the trip to wales last year a similar boat we built with the same bow locker carried the kit for about 6 of the smaller ribs. All this was stowed away with on gear on deck.
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