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Old 26 July 2003, 03:15   #41
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Boat name: Team 16/Phantom evo
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the point we are trying to make is the boat is a stable rib that looks good and can run in all conditions.
I said the boat was good for 65+ in rough conditions I didn't say I would continuously run at that speed in those conditions but from experience a good driver would drive to the conditions and if it was a force ten which normal human being would take its boat off its trailer knowing the will get in to trouble at some stage of their journey resulting in unnessary call out to our already strethched RNLI service.

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Old 26 July 2003, 04:49   #42
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Been round Scotland and across to the IOM 6 times when I owned my Sparrowhawk. Just keep the power on when going down the waves as the hard nose can be stuffed if you shut the throttles (learnt the hard way).

F6 is unpleasant in any small boat after a while, but just go out and have a play in the waves and she what she does. Perhaps F4 - F5 to start with.

Great little boat for her size.


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Old 26 July 2003, 04:51   #43
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Normal People

Normal people RNLI , Fire boats, Pilot boats, Ferries,Police and Rescue boats often have to go out in F 8 9 10, They of course are work boats, but it happens .As I said about Redbays earlier I wont post something thats not true check the excerpt below its straight out of their brochure
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Old 26 July 2003, 05:27   #44
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No offence taken Crazy !

Your last point is well made...Horses for courses ! Truth be known I have a Nice Rinker with a Leather seats , sun Lounger and a Chevvy V8 down back which we nicknamed the Cadilac ! A lovely machine to go cruising around the lake with the family of a sunny afternoon. Funnily enough we spend most of our time tooodling along at 5 knots listening to the rumble of the motor !

Just as enjoyable ( in a different way) as cruising or Island hopping in the Ribs off of the West Coast !

Gavin's point is also well made. I would suggest that most of the experiences of heavy conditions shared by list members in recent postings were from or referred to Professionals who's duty at the time required them to be there in such conditions.

When I mentioned Lencraft and Delta as suitable craft for Atlantic Coast conditions I guess I should also have mentioned Redbay !

Strangely enough, even though they are built up the road from us in NI, I have driven only a handful of Redbays in my time. These were all through our Powerboat School ( Clients Boats ) So I have never yet, driven one of their larger commercial craft.

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Old 26 July 2003, 06:19   #45
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Sorry to be picky, but...........I dont think I am entirely happy with the Red Bay ad.
It looks to me as if it was written by someone in their Marketing Department (who cannot spell, and whose grammar is even worse than mine). The phraseology smacks more of Mr. A. Campbell than Mr. D. Honest ("up to force (sic) ten"?? and carrying 14 passengers PLUS the skipper in a 7.4m??).
Having said that, the Redbays are absolutely wonderful boats.

Pity about the Marketing Manager!
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Old 26 July 2003, 11:53   #46
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Deposit placed

Oh dear what have I started! Perhaps a bit more info should have been provided by me in the first place.

I live in Poole, Dorset not on the Atlantic coast.
A Redbay etc is overkill for my type of Weather & Budget.
I will mostly be out to blast over to the Isle of Wight or Lulworth cove (20 miles 'ish) & if it looks like a force 10 then I'm going to stay at home with a Brandy & thrash the Girlfriend instead:-)

Anyway, I've placed the deposit & hope to get the boat in 2 weeks (So stop reading this Neil & carry on building). I have placed my trust in Neils abilitity to produce a good boat & certainly realise he of all people should know a good hull when he see's one. I feel he has also done me a great deal on price & let me slip-in a few extra's at no extra charge. Nice bloke to deal with.

I first questioned the build quality because the boat has a red stripe stuck on the rubbing strip.......I didn't expect a piece of insulating tape round a 25 grand boat. Neil has now assured me Honda made him do it for the boat show. A small tear in the upholstry on a new & boat shows I guess.

Now I've got over my first impression the hull is superb with well designed spray rails & as you look down it there are no ripples etc that can be present in some badly built boats. The bucket seats, not to everone taste I know, are the only ones I,ve seen that are waterproof & the fit is wonderful. The consul should have a Toilet roll holder fitted (Blokes you know what I mean) its just sexy with good protection from wind, solidly built & enough room to walk past should you need to get upfront quickly. The whole front is an upholstered sun pad which we will use when the petrol runs out aswell as the occasional overnight stay. I'm 6' & can lay out straight on it.

Thanks for the advice Chaps & Fiona. I'll keep you informed as to how the boat performs in speed, handling & build quality.

Bye the way, is anyone planning a trip to France from the Solent area? Would love to make the trip but only with a calm forecast.
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Old 26 July 2003, 12:06   #47
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Marketing Managers :mad:

Well Team 16 I have maybe given you a rough time in this one,It should also be known that JF himself says the boats are built well and are good offshore boats as you have tweeked the chines so as to be an warped good offshore stability in roughish whether.

The problem is we all now what the sea can be like and its when something goes wrong that the problems realy start. I can say if you like sports ribs this seems to be one of the best ,as JF points out that Neil is 7 times world champion in racing boats so he should no his stuff.

So to leave this subject and to be fair to all. My personal views as a punter with some offshore experiance in the main with displacement craft, is Its what you feel happy with and the conditions you are going to use your boat in most that count.

Ribs by the very nature are safe boats just some are more easy to handle at different times and in different conditions,But all ribs in the main nowadys are just brill boats.
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Old 26 July 2003, 12:06   #48
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Re: Deposit placed

Originally posted by micheal
I've placed the deposit
Well done!! What's the spec of the boat & engine... and is it a new one?
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Old 26 July 2003, 12:08   #49
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As you will see from my profile I'm in Bournemouth and keep my boat in Poole.

If you fancey some company going down to Lulworth or even a lunch trip to Alderney then we could meet up.


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Old 26 July 2003, 12:10   #50
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Enjoy your boat Micheal.See you next yr in my Battleship.

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