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Old 17 July 2009, 07:47   #11
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RIB international magazine have produced in this issue the report on the two Armstrong brackets we took out in April snow/hail storms which cover the new brackets and how they worked/performed on these boats for the day
What where your thoughts on them Ian?
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What where your thoughts on them Ian?
It was a wild day, we took the 650 and 785 out with the armstrong brackets on with Paul Lemmer who helmed through most of each section of the tests.
We started on a cold bright day with a forecast of heavy rain so we all carried our Gecko helmets. Later in the test all four of us were wearing then due to the hail storms.

I have used both the 650 and 785 for some time without the brackets and had read about them at the Southampton Boat Show last year where boats were sold with them.
Each of these boats had a similar engine fitted to mine.

I did not know what to expect with Paul's test and we certainly put the boats into, with and along the waves and wind/over tide which would made for some wild riding but these did actually sit down well and held their position well. It appeared to me that we did not find an angle that made them twitch or even be a danger to a user.
The feedback I was given was that it did improve them. Have you read the report?

Considering full throttle and not pulling back for some of the test runs I was very pleased with the ride and felt safe at all times, I would not have run a boat in a similar manner as a norm and would have throttled back as I carry passengers

I took a neighbour with me to load the RIBS and he had only done a couple of boat runs and he just kept smiling! or was he?

The photos dont do it justice as it shows it very calm, there is another test write up on a Coastline 7m where photos were done just before we started out tests and you can see the water changing and we were protected here behind calshot spit for those images. The rest was out from here with wind over tide and weather beating us!!!
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Old 17 July 2009, 08:23   #13
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It was a wild day, we took the 650 and 785 out with the armstrong brackets on with Paul Lemmer who helmed through most of each section of the tests.
We started on a cold bright day with a forecast of heavy rain so we all carried our Gecko helmets. Later in the test all four of us were wearing then due to the hail storms.

I have used both the 650 and 785 for some time without the brackets and had read about them at the Southampton Boat Show last year where boats were sold with them.
Each of these boats had a similar engine fitted to mine.

I did not know what to expect with Paul's test and we certainly put the boats into, with and along the waves and wind/over tide which would made for some wild riding but these did actually sit down well and held their position well. It appeared to me that we did not find an angle that made them twitch or even be a danger to a user.
The feedback I was given was that it did improve them. Have you read the report?

Considering full throttle and not pulling back for some of the test runs I was very pleased with the ride and felt safe at all times, I would not have run a boat in a similar manner as a norm and would have throttled back as I carry passengers

I took a neighbour with me to load the RIBS and he had only done a couple of boat runs and he just kept smiling! or was he?

The photos dont do it justice as it shows it very calm, there is another test write up on a Coastline 7m where photos were done just before we started out tests and you can see the water changing and we were protected here behind calshot spit for those images. The rest was out from here with wind over tide and weather beating us!!!
Thanks for that Ian. Very interesting stuff. Must try and get a copy of the mag to read. Been asking WHSmiths to get it in for 3 months now

Did you notice if the RIB was more stern heavy at rest and underway?
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Thanks for that Ian. Very interesting stuff. Must try and get a copy of the mag to read. Been asking WHSmiths to get it in for 3 months now

Did you notice if the RIB was more stern heavy at rest and underway?
Not at all. You just notice the engine is sat out towards end of tubes but apart from that you have to take a second look to see what is different- fits well and matches shape of RIB. Even would give you a bathing platform when at anchor or even a good position to recover someone from the water. I have a fitted folding/extending ladder at the stern and this would probably negate that need if MCA saw it as an alternative!
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Out of interest then, would there be any point fitting one to an old 5.4 searider? And how much do they weigh?
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No Idea if this would help, quite dear I guess for smaller craft- here is the link to the company if it helps but only seen them on a few boats and tested on these two, the literature will always paint a favourable review but the tests we were part of did have a good feel about the boats and the test figures although not released due to weather conditions I think were very good when I was writing them down in the wet.

http://www.armstrongnautical.com/brackets.htm
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Old 17 July 2009, 15:20   #17
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Thanks for that Ian. I doubt they would be cost effective for old boats.
By the sounds of it-it performed well and I bet it looked good on the back of your 7m.
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