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Old 18 February 2010, 15:12   #11
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We have a friend who has a Redbay 8.4m Wraparound fitted with a 275hp who cant come close to us in bad weather and struggles to keep up with the 6m Excalibur boats.
Does she know how to work the trim properly?

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This is why the Irish Coast Guard and Fisheries Patrol insist on Excalibur.
And there was me thinking they had to go to Tender like all the other Public Authorities in the Republic...
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Old 18 February 2010, 16:47   #12
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Does she know how to work the trim properly?



And there was me thinking they had to go to Tender like all the other Public Authorities in the Republic...
HMCG have to tender, thats why most CG vehicles are all different makes and shades of blue/grey!
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Old 19 February 2010, 04:58   #13
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Thanks everybody for your valued comments.

Obviously alot of thought needs to be put into a new boat but this has raised serious questions for me.

The new cabin design is on Excaliburs home page and looks very sleek www.ribs.ie
But I must admit this time yesterday l was leaning towards Redbay and now I feel that I am back to square one.

I suppose that this is the problem with choice's and peoples experience's good and bad.

If only i could have a run in both a Redbay and Excalibur here in Kerry then it would be possible to compare like with like.

This is proving harder than I thought.

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Old 19 February 2010, 11:08   #14
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Excalibur v's Redbay

Hi All

just following this thread and decided to give my view! I have have been Ribbing for quite a number of years now, I have have had a wide range of different Ribs in my posession, like Humber, Delta, Cobra and "Lencrap" and I currently have a 9m Excalibur and may i add that this is my 3rd Excalibur! as I mentioned, I have covered alot of distance in Ribs, like around Britain, around Ireland, and to the Scilly Isles a few times, I have travelled also in large groups such as the Kinsale to Aberystwyth Rib Run, and I have found that the Excalibur has always travelled effortlessly through the rough Seas, this in my opinion is down to the High Bow and deep "V" profile, Don't get me wrong, I also think that Redbay build a fine craft! but just wouldn't be my cup of Tea as in "my opinion" they seem to run Bow down and seem to have difficulty in raising same! they have a nice finish, and are pleasing to the eye, before i bought my first Excalibur I travelled to the North to Sea trial a Redbay, I thought it was quite Nice, but when I then had the Sea Trial in the Excalibur, I must say it won me over in everyway! I currently have an enquiry in for the New Cabin version as it looks the Bizz!
We all love our Ribs lads and I suppose we are all guilty of being biased with our own Crafts!
I hope this answers a few of your questions Cailin Baire!
Here's wishing you all a safe and pleasant new Ribbing Season!
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Old 19 February 2010, 12:04   #15
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Cailín Baire Im sure each of the rib manufacturers will welcome you with open arms and demo the capabilities of each boat. But it really comes down to what you want from your rib and matching those expectations with what you want to spend.

Its like buying a car, only more expensive!
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so you have my boat! give us a rundown
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Old 19 February 2010, 16:24   #17
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so you have my boat! give us a rundown
s'funny that, he has DonegalDan's boat too
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Once I have a few hours on her, i will gladly give you the rundown. She getting some extras put on at present and then shes bound for the east coast of Scotland for the "Summer!" happy to take you for a spin if your up my way.
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She getting some extras put on at present and then shes bound for the east coast of Scotland for the "Summer!"
You could take D-D on the Delivery Run - he's done that trip a few times now - once on the helm of a Tyne Class. He's all ticketed up and runs on Tea and Wagon-Wheels!
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......He would need to have his Whisky tastin' ticket also.
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