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Old 13 October 2010, 17:01   #31
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I was on the 5.8 with you Shaz. They were some pretty steep close waves to be hammering up. I was loving it on the back seat

I fell in love with the 6.4. simple, spartiate and lively. Just what I like. The advantage of going to these guys though is the possibility of getting each boat how you want it.
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Old 13 October 2010, 17:03   #32
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The advantage of going to these guys though is the possibility of getting each boat how you want it.
Not to mention the strong Euro
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Old 13 October 2010, 18:01   #33
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All these people getting bouncy with Shaz ... is there a low budget movie coming out ?
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Old 14 October 2010, 14:57   #34
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Not to mention the strong Euro
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I was on the 5.8 with you Shaz. They were some pretty steep close waves to be hammering up. I was loving it on the back seat
Was that you - sorry didn't realise, hello !

The conditions can't have changed that much in between the first and second trips though... can they ? I know the guys were saying the tide had gone out which was making the waves steeper but surprised it made it that much difference. It can't have been more than 20 minutes in between trips.
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A longer boat will always have an advantage in the rough, especially when they are based on the same hull design. You couldn't really have expected the boat to do much more. They were not usual cruising conditions.
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A longer boat will always have an advantage in the rough, especially when they are based on the same hull design. You couldn't really have expected the boat to do much more. They were not usual cruising conditions.
That's the thing I was interested in - but think it may have been a bit unfair on the 5.8 because of the change in conditions.

Anyway it was fun.

I do have a question for any real Ribcraft geeks: what year did they change the screen / grab rail design ? On older ones, there's a really small gap between them which you can trap your fingers in, on the new ones there is a sensible sized gap so you can actually use the grab rail.
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Screen change

The pacific and offshore console screen was modified about 2 .5 years ago
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That's the thing I was interested in - but think it may have been a bit unfair on the 5.8 because of the change in conditions.

Anyway it was fun.

I do have a question for any real Ribcraft geeks: what year did they change the screen / grab rail design ? On older ones, there's a really small gap between them which you can trap your fingers in, on the new ones there is a sensible sized gap so you can actually use the grab rail.
Another inovation/option I liked was the fact that that the consuls on a few of the Ribs were cut down i.e at different hieghts. This I found made a real difference.Something to definately consider when Rigging your new boat Shaz!
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Another inovation/option I liked was the fact that that the consuls on a few of the Ribs were cut down i.e at different hieghts. This I found made a real difference.Something to definately consider when Rigging your new boat Shaz!
A boat with a "midget" console it going to restrict your eventual resale market somewhat, just as one with a giant console would. Surprised that none of the high end ribs have ajustable wheel/console height/angle a bit like car steering wheels.
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