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Old 08 November 2004, 12:15   #11
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Country: UK - England
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Boat name: Farfetched
Make: Solent
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Engine: 150hp Optimax
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I have done 10+ hours on my 6.5M Solent, the last three with the 'boss' who has declared that she likes 'our' new boat. Before she came it it was 'my new boat that I was spending far too much time on'. Very fast - 44k on the GPS with a full fuel tank and two up. 47-49 knots with two up, miminal luggage, and Kevin from Solent at the helm. But, and far more siginificantly, not at all twitchy at 20-35 knots in a mixed bag of Solent water so far.

Very pleased with her. Happy to give you a demo if you PM me.
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Old 09 November 2004, 12:46   #12
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Boat name: Bluestreak
Make: Avon Adventure 620
Length: 6m +
Engine: Yamaha F115AETL
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Hi Nick,
Welcome to the forum. I agree with Richard B that it would be worth taking your level 2 RYA course prior to buying your RIB, test as many RIBs as you can before buying and don't just go out on fine days, you need to see how they handle when it turns nasty. I have had several RIBs but now have an Avon 620 with a Yamaha 115 4 stroke, bought it at the Southampton boat show in 2000 from BHG Marine, they now have a new showroom in Lymington.
I had the opportunity to test a number of RIBs at the Southampton boat show but when the conditions got rough only Avon kept going. The only boat that I would consider other than Avon is Scorpion, would love one but it means changing the car to tow it and would cost considerably more than an Avon. I tow mune with a Nissan X Trail 2.2 Diesel.
Good luck with looking, have a look at mine on my website:
graham-woolrich.co.uk
It has the sort of layout that you are looking for.
Regards,
Graham
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Old 14 November 2004, 09:33   #13
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Thank you al for the feedback.
I am testing a few more ribs in the weeks to come. If I'm lucky will have one for Christmas. I think that I have made up my mind already tough.
I am investigating for a powerboat course somewhere warm where all the family can enjoy the time spent. Cyprus, Turkey, Greece or Malta are the places will be looking at. Will try to avoid Spain or Portugal.
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Old 22 November 2004, 18:56   #14
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Hi Nik

A friendly warning...... Being a family man and after investing a considerable amount of time researching the rib market, like yourself. I purchased a Rib-x 5.75 in June this year.

I was aware that there were some certain bigoted opions on this group but after research most of the critics had never actually tested the boat, or had an interest in the manufacture of alternate ribs.... (ie owned the business or was employed by them)

I can state with confidence and most importantly independance that my Rib-x has surpassed both mine and my families expectation. We had a brilliant summer on the boat and engaged in all typres of activities from diving to water sking, a bit of fishing and just messing around.

It seems a consistant theme from certain members of Ribnet, that if you have not got the same boat as they own then you must have the wrong rib.

As you are obviously an intelligent person by your chosen career then it probably will not take much figuring out that by criticising someone else's choice and raving about your own craft is usually under pinned by a lack of confidence in the decision that individual has made.....


I have never attempted to criticise other products but I remain confident in the decision I made.

GB
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Old 22 November 2004, 19:06   #15
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Well put Gazza. You love your boat. Excellent. Many hours of fun to you.

(We love our boat too. It suits us, does what we want it to and so we don't apologize to anyone for it. )

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Old 23 November 2004, 00:58   #16
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Well put Gazza. You love your boat. Excellent. Many hours of fun to you.

(We love our boat too. It suits us, does what we want it to and so we don't apologize to anyone for it. )

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Your boat is rubbish Kathleen - you need to get one like mine instead... much better ;-)

ps: just picked up your PM - I was in London for a week!! hence the nocturnal visit...
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Old 23 November 2004, 02:46   #17
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Your boat is rubbish Kathleen - you need to get one like mine instead... much better ;-)

ps: just picked up your PM - I was in London for a week!! hence the nocturnal visit...
Is that a deep V Gem then? You have excellent taste

Hope you enjoyed your trip to Londres. Make it summer next time and we'll show you how the Solent beats the pants off Sydney Harbour

(OK I probably would swap it for a pootle on the Paramatta and a trip over to Manly or the Zoo...)

Hope the boat's doin well

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