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Old 18 February 2010, 10:57   #1
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HI All,

I have been following the other thread on the Redbay 10 closely as I am considering a cabin rib.

I have spoken to Redbay directly and am very impressed with the spec and build.
I have also spoken to Excalibur about their new hard top cabin rib and it looks very nice.

I have being looking at many photo's of other Redbay 8.4m Expedition's and I can't help wondering why the bow looks so low in the water in comparison to their other boats.

Does anybody have any experience of this and if so how does it effect the handling and ride.

Would be interested in finding out the good and bad points of this boat before I place an order.
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Old 18 February 2010, 11:53   #2
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The Excalibur Concept looks interesting. Have you seen full plans for it yet?

I'm not sure that the Redbay Expedition actually sits much lower than the other 8.4s. For example, the Canopy boats look identical, so I don't think the cabin weight is having a great effect on the waterline. I suspect that the up-curving deck and high roofline makes the bow look lower, it's a very high cabin to "blend" into an 8.6 meter rib. Have a look at these pics, some I took, one from Redbay's website.

This has been a huge production run, they seem to launch one every eight weeks or so since mid 2005. I've spoken to a few owners and they seem very happy with the sea-keeping qualities (but then, they are biased ). I'd suggest taking a drive up and get a few hours out in one yourself before you part with €90k!

I've had a quick run in one with someone less restrained at the helm than myself - I was hugely impressed. They can be thrown about much like an open rib but smooth out the lumps as you'd expect from the 8m+ hull.
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Considering the distance Paul Beaurain on here does in his, and the conditions he travels in, I'm sure it can't be an issue.

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Considering the distance Paul Beaurain on here does in his, and the conditions he travels in, I'm sure it can't be an issue.

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Paul's is a wraparound not a hardtop.

Not sure what the difference is the the 750 - but I don't think Kevin Goulding thought the bow was that close to the water as he took a dive off it last year!
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Ah yes, the 750-S. The Riviera Redbay
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The Excalibur Concept looks interesting. Have you seen full plans for it yet?

I'm not sure that the Redbay Expedition actually sits much lower than the other 8.4s. For example, the Canopy boats look identical, so I don't think the cabin weight is having a great effect on the waterline. I suspect that the up-curving deck and high roofline makes the bow look lower, it's a very high cabin to "blend" into an 8.6 meter rib. Have a look at these pics, some I took, one from Redbay's website.

This has been a huge production run, they seem to launch one every eight weeks or so since mid 2005. I've spoken to a few owners and they seem very happy with the sea-keeping qualities (but then, they are biased ). I'd suggest taking a drive up and get a few hours out in one yourself before you part with €90k!

I've had a quick run in one with someone less restrained at the helm than myself - I was hugely impressed. They can be thrown about much like an open rib but smooth out the lumps as you'd expect from the 8m+ hull.

Thanks Willk that is exactly the information I was looking for and that link is very informative.
I have seen the design for Excalibur's Hard Top on jpeg and it looks really well.
I spoke to Excalibur earlier in the week and they said that they have had lots of interest in the new boat.

Redbay said they expect circa 28knots cruising speed and 35knots flat out for their 285hp is this normal because the Gigha boat is only getting these speeds for their 315hp according to their site.

In comparison Excalibur said their 315hp are cruising at 34knots and flat out at 42knots.

Why would there be such a difference?

I have been invited to sea trial a new Excalibur this weekend but not sure yet if I can make it.
I also intend heading North to Redbay to take a closer look.

Both companies have stressed that I would need to order soon if I want a boat for this season.

Thanks again for your comments.
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Both companies have stressed that I would need to order soon if I want a boat for this season.
I may be completely wrong but I suspect most builders will tell you this... ...and whilst it may be true its a little bit like the MFI/DFS 'sale ends Monday' type pressure.
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Redbay said they expect circa 28knots cruising speed and 35knots flat out for their 285hp is this normal because the Gigha boat is only getting these speeds for their 315hp according to their site.
Speeds are accurate for existing craft with these motors. Thalassa is loaded with kit. Those with 245hp get about 32kts at WOT. An extra 30hp doesn't get you much more top end at that size. Tom seems to favour the 285hp in them for that reason.

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In comparison Excalibur said their 315hp are cruising at 34knots and flat out at 42knots.

Why would there be such a difference?
They must be extrapolating this data from similar craft that they HAVE built. If correct, I guess it's down to weight and hull design.
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I have an Excalibur Wraparound with a Volvo 350hp and we cruise comfortable at 35knts and 44knts at wot.

The Excalibur hull with its high bow profile really lends itself to the short steep sea's that we have down here and can out preform the Redbay's in their own back yard.

Whereas the Redbay design is more suited to the longer wave pattern found along the North coast and Scottish Isles.

I have experience of both.

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.

This is why the Irish Coast Guard and Fisheries Patrol insist on Excalibur.

I'm not trying to knock the Redbay Expedition which is a lovely looking boat and has many happy customers, but try both designs before you order because there is a big difference which is why some ex Redbay people are now choosing Excalibur

Joe McCollam in Excalibur previously worked as a designer in Redbay and was responsible for many of their earlier designs.

I would be more than happy to show you around my boat if your ever in Cork.
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