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Old 06 October 2001, 18:24   #1
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offshore ribs?

I am looking for a good solid offshore rib and am torn between a delta, valiant, ribcraft, avon (above 7.5m)
Has anyone got any unbiased ideas about which are best for comfy long distance cruising?

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Old 07 October 2001, 04:43   #2
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Deltas tend to be very wet and have a hard ride. They are almost indestructible, but I wouldn't describe them as comfortable.

The larger Valiant's look OK, but I don't know of any that have been used for anything really serious so far.

Ribcraft make good offshore boats and are definitely worth a look.

The larger Avons are OK as far as I know, but tend to be overpriced as they are aimed at the high end commercial market.

Others makes to consider are:

Scorpion -- popular long distance cruising boats, with a well proven deep V hull

Ribtec -- as used by Alan Priddy for his endurance records, and his choice for Spirit of Cardiff which he will be taking round the world next year

Are you planning anything epic by any chance?

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Hi Bear.
The only reason a Delta is wetter or harder riding than any other boat is because you can drive it harder in any weather than any other boat without fear of it falling apart! An 8.5m Delta with diesel inboard will take you anywhere you need to go, and bring you back again. If you are planning on crusing in the backside of beyond far better to travel with two boats than two engines.
We went for a wee run out to St Kilda the Orkneys and back this summer and the fuel costs were minimal max £60 per day, the only place we had to carry fuel was Barra. Petrol is far to expensive and inconvient for distance crusing in my opinion.
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Having had a Delta I can confirm what John and the others say.

You feel that the boat is capable of far more than you are. It was my first boat and I learnt (and still learning) a lot of lessons the hard way and the boat never failed me. If youíre going offshore then you need a boat that won't break. One issue with Delta is that, unless they have changed, are only making boats for commercial organisations.

My current boat is an 8.75 Scorpion with 300hp Yanmar which offers a very dry ride and I would say is a drivers boat. Mike Deacon went round the UK non-stop in the same length/power boat recently without any problem related to the boat.

Also look at Ribtec, as Alan Priddy, has taken the RIB profile higher and higher and he has always used RibTec (never been on one so can't comment).

Avon are quality boats but you pay one hell of a premium

Get yourself on a cruise and look at the boats and talk to the drivers. See who orders the first whiskey and you'll know who had a hard ride.

By the way Iím hoping to cross the channel this weekend and may have space on the boat. If your interested call me on 07973 343283

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The only reason a Delta is wetter or harder riding than any other boat is because you can drive it harder in any weather than any other boat without fear of it falling apart!
No, in my experience it's because it's a hard riding (or perhaps "firm" would be a better word), wet hull design It's true you can drive it as hard as you like though!

As Mark said, Deltas are not CE marked and therefore can only be sold for professional use, not leisure. How that would be enforced though, I have no idea!

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comments on offshore valiants/ribcrafts?
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Ribcraft Demo...

Bear,
Ribcraft is having a Open Demo. Weekend the 27 & 28th Oct. , check out their website for details...

So was it cold at the top of the world?...
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Another couple of RIB builders worth checking would be Ring Powercraft and Crompton. Both very well built go anywhere boats
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bit parky!

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