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Old 13 June 2013, 16:46   #51
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Only had my Ballistic out for a few hours, so I'm not qualified to comment much as my experience actually using it is pretty limited.

However, it did 35 knots across the top of Solent chop that'd get my 5.4 down to displacement speeds and it didn't feel uncomfortable at all. I haven't had it airborne yet though, despite Ballastboy's efforts
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Old 13 June 2013, 17:04   #52
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Only had my Ballistic out for a few hours, so I'm not qualified to comment much as my experience actually using it is pretty limited.

However, it did 35 knots across the top of Solent chop that'd get my 5.4 down to displacement speeds and it didn't feel uncomfortable at all. I haven't had it airborne yet though, despite Ballastboy's efforts
Yeah but ye gots 2M on your SR there and that maks a hell of a difference in its self regardless of the hull make up.

When I owned a 6.3 and then to an 8.5 it was like night and day .. regardless of the inboard set up.. an 8.5 straddled all the regular chop all the time.

So there is a hull I might add , that suits your waters better, if its the kind of weather you usually get .. but its always bigger than your budget
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Old 13 June 2013, 17:21   #53
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Yeah but ye gots 2M on your SR there and that maks a hell of a difference in its self regardless of the hull make up.

When I owned a 6.3 and then to an 8.5 it was like night and day .. regardless of the inboard set up.. an 8.5 straddled all the regular chop all the time.

So there is a hull I might add , that suits your waters better, if its the kind of weather you usually get .. but its always bigger than your budget
Agreed.

It's not the 1st 7.5m+ boat I've been on though -just the 1st I've owned
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Old 13 June 2013, 17:25   #54
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I have an Avon Adventure, which come in for a lot of criticism on ribnet. This is my first rib, and so I do not have much to compare it to, but on the recent round IOW trip, we kept up with the pack, and I did not think we were slamming any worse than anyone else of our size. The leg from Alum Bay to Cowes was typical Solent wind over tide chop, and we were keeping up 25 - 30 knots' and only falling off the occasional wave! The boat has always felt safe and in control to me.

So I am sure that there are better handling ribs at this size, but I am not really interested in ultimate speed (40 knots is plenty for this rag-and-stick man) or ultimate rough weather handling, just a safe boat to have some fun in with family and friends. The boat did not cost me a lot of money, and has a lot of space for its size. So my question is am I missing out by keeping with my Avon?
Nope, unlikely, horses for courses and if it does what you need, why change.

Try a ride in a couple of other boats and see for yourself.
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Old 13 June 2013, 18:32   #55
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Bucksribster.....

What size is your rib.?

I recently purchased a 4.5m Adventure (2004), I've only been on the water for just over a year and my first experience was a 16ft Fletcher speedboat, so my new rib did feel like a Rolls Royce compared to that.

However...having completed my RYA PB2 on a 6.8 ribcraft, I know there is a moooohasive difference in sea handling.!

Biggest prob I find is the layout, making it very bow light, a few kilos in the front locker helps, but I find now I've been out a few times she does slam (alot!) The keel is quite shallow, making it an excellent beach hopper, and easy to launch and recover, but not very family friendly.

I'm happy with what I've got (for now), and i'm getting to grips with it's capabilities, but I'll be wanting more at some point so I'm also interested in a rib that slams less.....
Mine is a 5.6, so I guess it is bound to be a bit smoother. Comparing your 4.5m with a 6.8 is not really a fair match. Your boat probably cost less than a tank of his fuel ;-) Mine is a 2000 vintage, so a bit long in the tooth. I bought a rib that I could trail as I used to keep a boat in a marina, but when I worked out how much it cost, and how few times I used it....... So what i needed was something easy to tow and launch, and I am not sure going much bigger would fit the bill.
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