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Old 19 May 2010, 15:41   #21
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V nice boat though for what it is.

You have gotta be nuts, an ugly, un impresive rib / cabin cruiser or a Targa 33 for the same money, let me think about that for a nano second, o yeah, Targa, Targa, Targa, all day (and night) long.
AND it stops becoming a RIB the minute you put a cabin on it.


Stops being a rib when the tubes don't touch the water, as there is no longer any inherent stability over a normal boat at rest. you just have a long inflated fender, and some are so small they'd make no difference in rough weather.
Are u guys serious?

have you actually LOOKED at a redbay?
Have you ever been ON a Redbay?
Are yu really saying that ribbsters aspire to be in Targas?

You really ought to do a bit of homework on what a RIB is and some thinking about what you want from it.

Look at Redbay's photos even and talk to some people who have actually been on them before shooting from the hip boys.




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Old 19 May 2010, 15:49   #22
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You have gotta be nuts, an ugly, un impresive rib / cabin cruiser
beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Having seen one in real life - I'm not sure they photograph well. Have you been on board / helmed an 11m redbay and a targa 33 to give a comparison of the sea keeping? I've not - but would be surprised if the redbay feedback was "unimpressive".
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AND it stops becoming a RIB the minute you put a cabin on it.
I don't follow. So Biffer's boat or PeterR's which both wave sleeping space are not ribs - yet they both look like "proper ribs". Are Redbay/Excalibur wraparounds only RIBs when the roof is folded down. I'm not sure why you feel the need to draw lines and say that is/isn't a rib - if it does what the new owner wants surely thats all that matters.

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Stops being a rib when the tubes don't touch the water,
I'm not convinced by your argument but it looks to me like the big redbay's toobs are in the water.
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Old 19 May 2010, 16:03   #23
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Before I bought my current rib I looked at Targas and test drove a couple (30 & 31's) in light to moderate seas, dont get me wrong they are great sea keeping boats IN LIGHT SEAS, but once the sea gets up, they arent a patch on the Redbay ribs. I utilise my RIB for offshore diving (sometimes 40-50 miles off the coast) and I have to say I feel safe with a twin engined cabin RIB. Yesterday we were out in a what I would consider a very rough sea for diving and we cruised back effortless after the dive doing 25+ knots.....
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Has 'Targa' become the generic term for a sports cruiser, or are you guys refering specifically to Fairline Targas? If so, Fairline stopped making the 33 Targa yonks ago, the 38 is the entry model now. Cranchi still make the 33 Endurance which is very similar. The Cranchi Endurance boats are superb VFM, better build quality than a Fairline for considerably less money.
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Botnia targa....
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Botnia targa....
Ah right, thanks.

No looker is she?
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Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!

Now now, no fighting you lot. Yer all crotchity and spiteful but I'm in great tune, having had a loverlee day at Redbay HQ, ribbin', checking out the Bloodstock and pinching small pocket sized bits

For which I must thank my good friend BogMonster - his astute observation regarding the "viewing panel" in the Head was noted and having been summonsed to observe, I can confirm here that Corrective Measures have been taken. Modesty will be preserved in Southhampton. Tom had overlooked this matter, as he doesn't encourage crew to avail of the Easing Facilities, but on reflection he realised that this policy might not work in busy waters...
He did enquire as to "how Luxton managed not to traumatise the penguins on his scow" ...or something
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Targas

Who would have guessed that "Targa" was the magic word (I'm going to keep saying it now). I guess my comment was a kind of Heresy of sorts.

This is where I generally quote everyone and act the bollix but having achieved an almost Zen-like state of Tranquility today, I shall instead make a few observations:

1. When posting earlier, I was referring to the sea-keeping qualities of the two boats. I've seen both boats running in lumps off the Faroes and I know which boat I'd prefer to have been sitting in. And that's strapped into the KAB seats on the Redbay, rather than bounced around the campervan interior of the Botnia Targa.

2. Having posted the Infamous Targa Comment, I drove to Redbay, just in time to find IV Maggie being prepped and fueled for her delivery trip to Southhampton. I'd seen her build and layout earlier, but the final fitout was a revelation. She's a new departure for Redbay and hard to describe in a few lines. All the technology and power is still there, but she has a standard of fitout and finish that I have not seen previously at Redbay. In short, she's a top spec Discovery compared to her Defender antecedents. I'd venture Range Rover, but I'm sure there's still more to follow. I have seen the interiors of both Redbays and Botnias and I can say that the finish in IV Maggie is easily the equal of the Botnias. I think the layout is superior and mercifully you don't have to step out on deck to have a wizz/shower. No-one will be cooking on the navigation console of the Redbay either, unlike the Botnia. Without question, the comfort/safety of the passengers will be better in the Redbay. All said, if I had a quarter mill to blow, I know where it would be going...

3. Redbay make RIBs. 19 years ago they made their first, having previously specialised in simple clinker style hardboats called Fishwishers, I mean FibFishers, I mean Fastfishers! The development of a RIB like IV Maggie in a quiet cove in Antrim is (for me) a miracle of sorts. And RIB she is. She flys like a RIB and she quacks like a RIB. What else could she be?

I saw this sticker on Tom McLaughlin's new Corryvreckan today. For me, it said it all...
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Old 20 May 2010, 04:13   #29
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No F**king About at Redbay

And so, while I'm still in a good mood (19.5 hours and running), I will share yet another pic with you.
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Tractor won't start then Tom?

No worries, Gary has 630 horses right there to push start her
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Targa vs rib

Horses for courses obviously. If you're offshore diving, using commercially for pretty much any reason, the rib is the way to go. Don't think anyone purports the targa is better in the rough.

IMHO though, IV Maggie is based in southhampton and looks kitted out for leisure. Making assumptions that may be unfounded, I would imagine it will be used for cruising when weather is fair to middling. In that case a targa is certainly more comfortable and has more room/deck space and IMO a much more luxurious vessel to stay on.

It appears redbay are heading in to targa customer territory and whilst I'm sure fit out has improved I wouldn't imagine there is much of a market share for them there with rich cruising g and t drinking cruisers going to Ireland or jersey for the weekend.

I'd love either boat personally! Bit like arguing over a discovery and x5. Both good.
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