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Old 08 November 2013, 15:19   #61
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Out of curiosity has anyone come up with a handicap system to create adjusted times (in a similar way that you would for sailing races)?

That would be quite a cool thing if someone has/could do it!
Its not a race you know...
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Old 08 November 2013, 15:22   #62
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Every ribs can do that you just need to adapt your speed and no need to change your rib for a redbay ...
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Old 08 November 2013, 15:24   #63
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Every ribs can do that you just need to adapt your speed and no need to change your rib for a redbay ...
Even they re good ribs !!!
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Old 08 November 2013, 15:36   #64
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Not a race no timing only pleasure and sharing on water !
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Old 08 November 2013, 15:39   #65
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Its not a race you know...
Oh right, I assumed it was!

Well maybe it should be :-)

I really like the idea of handicapped powerboat racing, as I like the idea of a competitive element, but without the incredibly high costs that a professional team would incur!!
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In the current format, personal endurance is probably the tough bit. That sort of trip takes it's toll on the body and mind. Bring someone who has great fortitude and a sense of humour. Plan for days of just banging around in a boat - look very hard at clothing and personal comfort. If you can get someone to act as a shore team, then you will have a MUCH easier time of it. Is your new boat a 7.5m or a 7.4m?
Thanks guys for the input.great response ... type a mail in an airport lounge and all those helpful answers when you land in heathrow ready and waiting.

Well I am looking at a 7.3 a 7.4 7.5 and 7.8 from redbay ribcraft ribquest and Humber. I find it fascinating the differences in the boats and also the different approach to the product they each have. Running for this might just force me off the fence. My only constant is 250 suzukilean burn in the back.

I do feel a cabin would not be quite the same achievement as a sport rib especially as thinking of a charity motivation to help a good cause or two!

Do people do this kind of event for charity ?
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Do people do this kind of event for charity ?
They certainly do - I'm not entirely convinced of the economics but there you go.

I had a very interesting discussion with the guys from Suzuki over a few scoops. I asked them which of their motors they'd use if someone gave them a 7.4m Redbay. The 250 leanburn was the choice all round. If you're considering Redbay, think about a cutdown wraparound console - the protection from the elements is VERY good but you're still "out in the action". I've driven a petrol and an inboard version - they're a very capable boat. There was a very favorable article in one of the big mags this summer.
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This sounds such a great challenge but funds and job restrict me! I see at some point the teams will pass the Northumberland coast, have any of you ideas as to how far offshore they would be or will they hug the shore? It's along way off but certainly I would if knew approx time be on station at blyth rnli or kicking about on my own rib if Anybody needed refreshments/ warming/ toilets etc or even run to garage for fuel. Would love to help out even if a small gesture
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Tks for your kind message. To be honest I don t know how far from the shore we will cruise it will depend on sea condition if it s nice we ll probably follow the coast ... Fingers crossed !
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Well I am looking at a 7.3 a 7.4 7.5 and 7.8 from redbay ribcraft ribquest and Humber.
Check this one out - all ready to go

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