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Old 16 April 2007, 15:02   #11
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Gordon - I'd be after more of a high jockey seating layout, something like what's in the first picture. Will keep them in mind!
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Andre - I need the boat for this summer. I want a boat that is capable of long distance cruising but could handle a bit of a swell at the same time. Open deck layout, storage aint too important, i'd prefer an open deck as opposed to seating to the bow

Seahawk IV will not be available for sale in the summer . as for the seating then you have 4 persons on jockey seats and the console front seat is not really for any bad weather only a leisure ride.

I hope you find the right rib
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I am very familliar with the conditions on the west coast and am on my second redbay. I have looked at most of the others including scorpion and have to go for Redbay on basis of Build quality, sea keeping, back up service, ride comfort and price.

Visit Redbay and see for yourself.

Visit on May 5th which is one of their big get togethers for owners and hear what the users have to say.

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Hi Ez,
Experiences of Redbay are that they won't be fast enough for my needs, although I do agree they are mighty comfortable RIB's
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... cruising around the west Irish coast (7.5m+), ...
... Must be capable of 45knots ...
Not sure why you need such a high top speed? How often are you likely to be able to sit at that speed in the Atlantic swell?
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Old 16 April 2007, 18:23   #16
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Not sure why you need such a high top speed? How often are you likely to be able to sit at that speed in the Atlantic swell?
Hi Polwart,
I will explain all after i've actually bought a suitable RIB...All will make sense!

I want to be able to cruise at around 35knots comfortably, and a top end of around 42-45knots
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The combination of top speed and budget is going to narrow your choices a lot. You're probably looking at twin engines if you really want that speed. If you can drop your speed requirement a bit then there are rather more choices, alternatively you may need to up your budget quite a lot!

If you could live with a 40 knot top speed then an 8.5 metre Scorpion with a 300 Yanmar should do the job, or a similar size Ribtec if you can find one, or a Ribcraft. I think a similarly specced Redbay would probably do that sort of speed too. If you want to keep clear of the Yanmar then you might get away with a 240hp Yamaha in a 7.5 metre boat (I had the 165 in a 7.5m Ribtec and its max speed was 35kt).

Here's one that might just do the job though (its a few knots off, but well within budget): 750 Panthercat/Parker RS - Yanmar 300hp diesel - £28,000

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My top speed is 44 knots in testing. that is before we have the engine run in and before we start to play around with props. My last Redbay, a 6.5m could comfortably do 46 knots. We are confident we could get an extra 2 knots by lifting the engine another hole and another two knots with a different prop choice and having run in the engine.

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I want to be able to cruise at around 35knots comfortably
Then I would suggest 8.5m as an absolute minimum, with 9 or 9.5 being preferable. Which of course makes the top speed more of a challenge . . .

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I love this place, so lively!

I have found a few nice RIB's online within hours of searching. I'm guessing for my cruising needs I will be looking at a 8.5+

I am going to contact Redbay in the morning and see if I can pop up for a look at what they have up in the yard. The only way to find out speeds for sure is to try one on the water.

I guess it's the wrong time of the year to be buying, I pretty much need to have this boat in the next 4-5 weeks

Keep the suggestions coming!
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