Originally Posted by Rokraider
I believe the RYA commissioned some custom VSR ribs built to their specifications, purely as coach boats. I gather that they are not allowed to be sold on when their time is up, just broken up and VSR are not allowed to manufacture this setup for other customers.
One of our clubs RIB instructors has a prototype VSR with the near vertical bow. He likes it for instructing, but says it is not ideal in rough stuff.
The sailing club has a combination or around 10-11 ribs of around 5.5-5.7 size fitted with new 50 HP Evinrudes 2 strokes (which are surprisingly smoke free and quiet). They are mostly Tornado's, Valiants and Humbers, I think. These are used for instruction and safety boats. They are fine at these roles in Chi Harbour, but are not ideal out in the bay, if the going gets rougher. They are also too small to comfortably use as mark layers. We are disussing upgrading to a couple of probably 6.5 ribs with 115- 120 Hp, to use in the bay and for mark laying.
VSR 5.8R is the RYA model, but I believe you can buy that one, they are marketed on the web page, www.vsrlab.com,
and I saw a second hand one for sale not long ago. The one with vertical bow is 5.8C. The major regatta charter company, www.coachboatmanagement.com
, solely use the VSR 5.8R for their charter this season, and they are all sold after the season.
So which of the models you mention your sailing club uses handles the rough best in your opinion?
Thanks for input.