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Old 11 July 2004, 17:50   #1
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Redbay

Took a spin up to Redbay on Sat, I am still in awe, what a setup,they had at least 9 ribs in production, some in the fit out stage, and boats in for repair.The new hull designs and modifications are impressive, we were present to see a 6.5 with 200 opti leave the yard for the short 200 yard tow to the slipway, and watch it on its first vovage with its new owner.There was no other outdrives present in the yard except hydra drive, that I could see, twin hydradrives and singles,some of their 11m cabin ribs are launched via tractors, some via pickups, jeeps etc, he offers dry on the hard storage for customers and owners.Its hard not to be impressed with the build quality and cleanliness of the shop and workshop areas, a vast array of pictures, models in the yard and molds, tanks etc are all about the place.He has an amazing stainless fabricator, off site who makes all the stainless up, and it is suprising just how popular the wrap around cabins, are becoming.
The stuff that leaves this yard, is put together properly, its extremely tough, well researched, and tweaked, attention to detail becomes evident, as you browse around the workshop and storage areas.I knocked my hand against numerous hulls and chiness, (it hurt) the construction of these ribs is extra tough, the styling and 25 years in the game are producing some of if not the finest ribs, on the whole island of Ireland.
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Old 11 July 2004, 18:59   #2
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Have to agree with you Gav, Marine Motors Cork are a dealer for them down south. I've seen their teaching boat Redbay 7.4m Cabin with 225 ficht (it was at RIBEX!!) and their latest Redbay 6.5 Hurricane with twin 90 e-tecs. Look like serious boats. And a cabin would be very handy, especially with Cork Week on at the mo, a place to kip for the nite instead of the usual fight for taxis!! Overall fit out and quality of the boats is top notch and I've heard service is very professional and nice guys to deal with.

Must try to get a spin in one of them over the week!! Thinkin of changin the Hysucat??
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Old 12 July 2004, 05:28   #3
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FANTASTIC...... Reading this has put a big cheesy grin on my face.
Reason: The shipping company i work for is having the 8.4 stormforce built to run mail and frieght around down here and myself will be driving it so can't wait.
I'll have to keep all informed as to its performance.
It'll be all weathers 6 days a week.
Specs we've asked for: 8.4 with a solid forward wheelhouse powered by twin F 115's Counters. Plus all the electrical stuff plotters DSC Lights et all.
Due out in October i think.
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Old 12 July 2004, 09:15   #4
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Redbay 6.5 w/twin 90's

I can attest to the capabilities of the above, having recently taken it for a spin from Cork to Kinsale (thanks to Kevin at Marine Motors), a very well constructed boat, solid feel, very good grip (large swell, with small nasty chop on top), and if you are into speed, pretty quick with twin 90's.
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Old 12 July 2004, 15:09   #5
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As the owner of a 7.4 Redbay with 250 ficht I can attest to the build quality of these boats. A recent trip from Cork to the Scillies (on the day the Round Ireland yacht race was postponed) proved to me at least that this man will break before this machine does.They are not prefect with a few minor design flaws but Kevin and his crew in marine motors have been extremely helpful and prompt with warranty work (2 round trips to Crookhaven 160 miles within a couple of days of fault).
Joe McCollum formerly of Redbay has now gone into fulltime production of his own ribs near Kinsale and is definitely one to call if thinking of a new rib in Ireland.
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Old 12 July 2004, 15:31   #6
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Hi Big Dipper

Is your Redbay the one that was at the Dublin boat show?????

Do you keep it Cork???

I was at the start of the round ireland in the Hysucat, I went the 33 miles to Wicklow from Dublin in wind over tide.... it was the closest thing to a washing machine I have ever experanced..... Drysuit, goggles, 2 hats and gloves.

When I went around Wicklow head following the fleet, I got caught by a bit of a freak wave... 4-5m vertical wall of water.... I got up it ok, but when I came of the top, I landed stern first, and lost the 2 engines and back seat completely under water ... it strange hearing the engine noise disipear for 2 seconds.... they kept running too......... the rib was them full of water, and I kept going, which emptied it in 2 mins...

BIG DIPPER you went to the Scillies in that !!!!! force 6 on the noise !!!

And for those who think redbay cabins are crap... there was a 7.4 redbay beside me in this stuff with no roof on, and they were wearing tshirts !!!!! and they
were completly dry ...
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Old 12 July 2004, 17:13   #7
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Big Dipper,

What colour is your Redbay, as I've seen a few in Cork Harbour recently, one of which was a black 7.4m with a white Ficht on the back?

Also would I be correct in saying that Joe McCollum (formerly of Redbay) of Kinsale builds Gael Force Ribs or is that somebody else? Actually I think he posts on here as "tsunami". Seen him on the water the other day, his RIB looks like some serious machine!!

Saw the Marine Motors RIBs out on the water today, both the 7.4 Stormforce and 6.5 Hurricane. Noticed Kevin is after dropping another lump on the back of the 7.4. Looks like another 225, bet she's fast now!! .

Slipstream, Big Dipper any of ye out on the water for Cork Week.
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Old 13 July 2004, 16:54   #8
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Boat at DBS had 225 ficht.Now kept in Cork Harbour.
Swginn
My boat same colours(250 ficht) mostly in Crookhaven, occasional visitor to Cork.
Marine motors boatis Redbay8.4 with twin 175 fichts.
All likely to be in west cork around August Bank Holiday(Irish Holiday).
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Old 13 July 2004, 17:19   #9
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Big Dipper, will be down West for the August Bank Holiday. We keep her in Baltimore as we have a house there. Hope to see you out on the water then!! If you keep yours mainly in Crookhaven, you may know a Mr. Caulfield who has a Navy Cobra with a 225 Optimax on the back who also keeps his boat there, he's a good friend of mine. Twin 175s!! I must be confusing the Marine Motors rib with a customers boat that I saw up there so!!

Anyways give us a wave if you see us out on the water.
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Old 13 July 2004, 17:58   #10
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IS it a cabin Redbay you have, or an open ????

How do you find the 250 Ficht ????
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