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Old 19 November 2008, 17:56   #11
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Alas garFie, we must disappoint. Mollers and I are merely engaging in gentle adversarial banter - marking each others card, so to speak. I wouldn't read too much into it...

...she does have the tiniest, slightest (almost missable) hint of Budgie
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Old 28 November 2008, 11:30   #12
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Regarding Envy

The new 8.4m Redbay Expedition RIB noted by Willk which he called Envy is the new boat for Gigha Sea Tours, based (of course) on the Isle of Gigha. Her proper name is Thalassa, and if anyone wishes to go for a ride in her, then come along to Gigha (3 hours from Glasgow, or just over an hour by boat from Redbay). I'm picking her up tomorrow (I hope!), will be interesting to see how it all works together, the Ullman seats, the Skydex floor in the cabin, the reverse-image camera to keep an eye on those seated aft... They took her out on the water the other day, and with a full 315 litres of diesel in the extra-large tank, and 4 men on board she reached 36 knots, and that was without letting the engine open up fully, as it needs to be broken in. Went for the Ullman seats as I have lower back troubles anyway, and I wanted this boat to explore what is out there for shock-mitigation. The Skydex is primarily for that, but also makes the cabin both warmer and quieter, so some bonuses for the expenditure... Am posting here a few pics that Redbay have sent on to me.
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Old 28 November 2008, 15:49   #13
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Very nice,had a look at her last weekend and see does look well.
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Old 29 November 2008, 15:22   #14
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Thalassa Envy?

Picked up Thalassa (aka Envy) from Redbay just after midday today. Great journey from Campbeltown in an open 7.4 m Redbay rib, missing the rain but seeing magnificent skies. A brief intro and spin with Gary, and then the 2 of us from Gigha headed north. We're still in the breaking-in period for the engines, but after a while we allowed a few seconds of higher revs, briefly touching 38 knots. Seems likely that she'll top out at 40 knots when we can open the engine up fully. Very interesting the contrast in riding the 7.4m rib with standard pod seats on the way to Redbay, and then to ride the Ullman seats in Thalassa. A moderately lumpy day, and while the 7.4m allowed you to feel each wave pretty fully, the Ullman seats made the Thalassa feel (in terms of ride/comfort) as though she were a boat 2 to 3 times the weight that she is. Felt like I could ride in the Thalassa all day without tiring. The Skydex flooring seemed to do the job it is meant to do (shock mitigation), and did it admirably. It is firm enough that you are not aware of any give as you walk on it, but the floor felt firm and distinctly lacking in the usual vibrations.

The rear bench for 4 outside seems to work very very well. Even today, with the Paps of Jura covered in snow (and a dusting of the same on the Mull of Kintyre), it was great to sit there. Also the Garmin 5012 gps plotter is a delight. I've been told this is probably the first boat in the UK to be fitted with the 5012, as it gained EC certification just the day before we ordered it. The folks at Ullman say that this is the first boat to have their seats in a cabin also fitted with the Skydex flooring. Thalassa is the first Redbay 8.4m to have the Yamaha M432HO engine; and it is also the first boat in Scotland to have the Ullman seats. All in all a number of aspects making Thalassa a rather interesting boat! But at the end of the day, is she a good ride? Absolutely!
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Old 29 November 2008, 15:27   #15
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But at the end of the day, is she a good ride? Absolutely!
At the end of the day - that's what counts

We were also struck by the difference between the 7.4 and the 8.4, the 7.4 felt like a rib, the 8.4 feels like a much more substantial boat on the water, no banging or slamming.

Best of Irish Luck with her over the water
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