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Old 03 August 2011, 12:47   #11
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9D280 I remember that searider, and scrambling round the windscreen etc,
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Old 03 August 2011, 13:17   #12
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The top sailing coaches are just about all using the rib posted bellow. (or other very simular style ribs) I have never seen them before but there are LOTS of the in Weymouth now!

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It's because the major regatta charter rib company use VSR.
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I used the vsr 5.8c for a few seasons, great boat for coaching but very little space if you wanted to use it for any other purpose. The reason they are so popular is because of the fact they are light, need very little power and are very dry at slow speed. Not so sure about the r model.
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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.
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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.
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Thanks everyone for your advice. I did get in contact with Laurence at XS/Barnet and I ended up ordering the new XS 530. I was really looking for a second hand rib but Laurence's knowledge and advice made me change my mind. I will now get a rib to my exact specs and the the new model is exactly what I was after.
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I've been using these Port Tack Charter for sailing events.

A tad odd to get used to but designed for sailboat following - so they say.

Might be worth trying one to see if it does what you need.
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That must be a Chinese copy of the VSR, That Ling Bo manufacturer also made Tornado copies for the China Olympics.
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