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Old 15 February 2005, 08:34   #11
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I've got the 7.2mtr XS Rib and I'm hugely impressed and for the money you can't go far wrong!

It got me quite happily (well maybe not happily) across the channel in a force 5-6 with a large Atlantic SW swell. So I can confirm their build quality, ride and handling!

Have a look at what Barnet has to offer as they have some almost new second hand bargains!
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Old 15 February 2005, 16:14   #12
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I've got the 7.2mtr XS Rib and I'm hugely impressed and for the money you can't go far wrong!

It got me quite happily (well maybe not happily) across the channel in a force 5-6 with a large Atlantic SW swell. So I can confirm their build quality, ride and handling!

Have a look at what Barnet has to offer as they have some almost new second hand bargains!
Thanx, sounds like they're certainly worth a look.
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Old 15 February 2005, 16:18   #13
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RJH, if you like the sound on the Solent, why not phone Lee Fairweather for a trial. They have a Demo boat in Fareham and will be sea testing a couple of 6.5m RIBs in comming weeks, I think with very large 200hp outboards. Couldn't do any harm!

They are also local builders and that has benefits as well.

Andy

PS, Come and join out Solent get together on the 12th and 13th March, I'm sure there be all sorts of RIB's at this weekend or alternativly wait till June and go th RIBex
Thanx, we are already in discussions with Lee about getting a demo - it's just really good to hear what opinions us ordinary folk have on different ribs. We are a bit too impatient to wait until RIBex - we'd really like to be out on the water by then
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Old 15 February 2005, 16:24   #14
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Hi again RJH

Mine was fitted out by Fairweather Marine,they seem to have made a good job,nothing dropped of yet or come loose.And I am one of the most fussiest people around.
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Old 15 February 2005, 16:36   #15
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Nice layout Wayne, I love those highly tapered Tubes. Will aspire to get a Solent one day, but untill then will only have to wait a week and a half for my new Outboard fitment from Lee.

See you on the March Solent cruise?

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Old 16 February 2005, 03:39   #16
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Hi again RJH

Mine was fitted out by Fairweather Marine,they seem to have made a good job,nothing dropped of yet or come loose.And I am one of the most fussiest people around.
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Great looking rig - the rear bench seat looks as though you could fit 3 adults or 4 kids on it - is this the case? We are waiting for Lee to come back to us with a price, but initial indications are that it will probably be around 4000 cheaper than the Ribtec - we'd be crazy not to go for it (as long as the sea trial goes ok?!) We do have 2 girls who are not crazy about going out in rough weather, so it will really only be solent jaunts in reasonable or good weather - oh and we are planning to tow the boat down to Lake Garda in August, which should be fun. Thanks for all your help.
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Old 16 February 2005, 13:08   #17
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You can get four good sized adults ( I mean fat) on the rear seat with eaze.I don't think you will be disapointed with the sea trials.

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You can get four good sized adults ( I mean fat) on the rear seat with eaze.I don't think you will be disapointed with the sea trials.

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Old 22 February 2005, 05:37   #19
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Hi Roger and Cleone (and Kids),

Of course I am biased but I explored the same sort of range of Ribs as you are doing for my family and took delivery of a Solent 6.5M (Farfetched) with a 150hp Opti in September. Am very very pleased with her - in fact am still grinning. I was out last weekend and went from Mudeford across to the Needles on the Saturday morning - grey skies and 4/5. Fairly evil seas as we approached the south end of the bank. Never thougt I would go out in such seas - a year ago we had never owned a boat and bought a 3.2M SIB at the London show 2004. I was at the helm and I kept checking my 15 year old was not terrified in the navigators seat! The boat coped with it brilliantly. I mucked up one wave and it we had copious spray over the console to great amusement of us both, but nothing of siginificance in the boat. I would never call myself experienced, but the boat is just amazing.

On the flat (Southampton Water) have got her to 48 knots on GPS with two on board, but we regularly see 43, 44 on the GPS in the Solent.

PM me or email if you want my mobile number for a chat. I have some suggestions you might want to discuss with Lee if you are gonig this route.

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PS Andre's boat was a close second. Consider a Parker even with a petrol solution.
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Ditto what bruce said, its a superb hull. Very pleased with ours.
We also get over 40 knots with a diesel, and will cruise at 25 knots using less than 10 lph.
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