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Old 10 February 2010, 20:05   #11
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A wee comment on wipers if I may butt in. A boat without wipers can be driven in the same way you might drive a car without wipers. Some folk seem to accept it as ok, IMHO it's crap. Plastic screens scratch very easily when fitted with a wiper. Rain-ex is a water dispersing spray for screens. It does work but it kinda relies on the wind to blow the beads off.
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Old 11 February 2010, 04:31   #12
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I agree with JW. You would be insane to put a wiper on a Lexan/plastic screen. I carry bottles of water so that we can always wash the screen down and avoid any salt build up which has kept the screen like new.

Regarding Redbay 10, I dont think she would through up much spray anyway and I am pretty sure the screen and windows are marine grade glass and not Lexan.

For the budget stated there would be plenty of options from Redbay and they have recently done a few smaller hard cabin boats which look great and offer cuddy, cabin, diesel economy and potentially towable. Not many boxes left unticked!!

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thanks for the help

you are right -I'll have to pop over and have a proper look around
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Obviously not in the original spec (website photos) but I don't know if they were fitted later. It's a good question though, quite a number of the cabin ribs don't fit them, some do. A few of the owners I've asked have said that they don't feel the need for them and that they tend to give jip. Some owners put a spray on the screen that helps it clear (it must lower the surface tension of the water?)

In either case, she's sat at the Factory so I'd imagine a wiper or two wouldn't break the deal
Just coat the screen regularly with rain x and the water beads and runs off the screen if you try it on your car you hardly need to use your wipers.
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Regarding Redbay 10, I dont think she would through up much spray anyway and I am pretty sure the screen and windows are marine grade glass and not Lexan.
Aye, only the wraparounds are Lexan.
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Old 11 February 2010, 08:27   #16
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Phil you might have a look at Excalibur Ribs at www.ribs.ie . Joe makes a nice 9m wraparound with a cuddy. He used to be with Redbay. Doing his own thing in Cork for several years now. Excellent reputation for well built well finished offshore ribs, also very competitive.
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...also very competitive.
There's the problem - unless Phil can reclaim or get Exemption from the 21% VAT and take the hit on weak Sterling, they might not seem so good value over there?
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Big Dipper,

have also had my eye on that 9.2 sports (also long time on market) but I believe the hard nose of the redbay is better

willk, good point - now the "Greek Tragedy" has been averted I cannot hold my breath on a Euro collapse; oh for the days of 1.4!!!
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Just to add my 2 cents..... Redbay 10 to the best of my knowledge had been to France and back...
I have yet to see a rib as well outfitted for navigation with charts and not totally reliant on a set of battery backups and gps signals.
Full charting table was very impressive, and looked like a little tough cruiser compared to the bigger 11m boats.
Price is still a bit high but if i had the money, she'd be mine.

Big Dipper ... is that your redbay thats for sale with excalibur on ribs.ie ???
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I dunno!

To assist with your price comparison, I do know that a new Expedition 8.4, single 285hp, trailer is about 80k incl. VAT, electronics extra. The Expedition is 8.6m LOA, and probably seats as many or more than Redbay 10 (I don't think she had side benches in the Cabin???) and does about 35 knots. I'd guess that Redbay 10 is not towable. The Expeditions are, if you take the anchor out

So I'd be wondering about the 75k... other than the attraction of the second motor, which is a major plus, until servicing time

If I was you - I'd hop on a cheapie flight and test drive both of them
not sure what you would use your boat for, and I'll get crucified on here, but for that wedge and serious boating, have you looked at a targa 31 or similar. A friend has one and has circum the uk, Ireland, iow etc. As fast as our rib and keeps going in anything, just awesome. used by customs/police etc. Comfy inside with berths heads etc as well. Surely more appropriate for leisure use/cruising rather than a v expensive rib that's more commercial use orientated. Much more noble and solid than a sunseeker gin palace. Only an idea.
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