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Old 20 February 2013, 17:02   #11
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Nice boats. If Frank's guys ever misjudge one of those breaks (which are just off the rocks) then they'll have short minutes to recover the situation. Good viewing while it stands up. If I was buying one, I'm not sure I'd want it "tested" quite as thoroughly
I know the spot well - there are overfalls where the huge harbour drains out and against incoming wind and waves no problem to get steep breakers in the centre of the channel. I came as close as I ever want to flipping a RIB there in similar but much smaller scale conditions-in every sense. When a boat gets vertical length is not so good as your Centre of Gravity is teetering same as a shorter boat and may have enough extra windage to blow you over backwards.
I'd agree 100% on the testing especially on tight new engines and I'd expect you'd be using 100% power on running down those waves faces.

The rib reference is serious - I think a similar size rib might not have the weight vs windage ratio to be as safe cresting such steep faces with Force 9/10 following winds. These boats have savage V and power to match - nowhere near as efficient as a RIB but I think they're going to be better in these extreme conditions even if they need lots of power to do it.
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Old 20 February 2013, 17:10   #12
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Old 20 February 2013, 17:55   #13
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Can't remember if it was the QHM or Southampton pilots I'd heard they prefer the old Nelson in terms of comfort and ride, quite important when you're out on an 8hr shift
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Old 23 February 2013, 05:23   #14
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I'd be really interested to know how say an 11-12m RIB like a Stormforce performs in the same conditions as a similar sized Halmatic/Interceptor etc. There's a commercial Halmatic Nelson 40 and an Interceptor 42 here and the Halmatic I think is generally reckoned to be the better rough sea boat, where the Interceptors slam and jump over a wave, the Halmatics go through it.

I would be really interested to see how any 11-12m RIB would compare. I also suspect the lack of weight might make it behave quite differently, the Halmatic in that size weighs about 16 tons IIRC, though that can also make it a bit of a submarine. The drive is also a factor, shaft drive is the strong preference here, jets are a waste of time because they fill up with kelp, and sterndrives only work when the props are in the water.

An opportunity for a good Powerboat & RIB magazine article there, compare and contrast a 12m Interceptor, Nelson, catamaran, RIB and gin palace in the roughest water you can find around the UK
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Old 24 February 2013, 13:47   #15
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An opportunity for a good Powerboat & RIB magazine article there, compare and contrast a 12m Interceptor, Nelson, catamaran, RIB and gin palace in the roughest water you can find around the UK
It'd also be a great test of sealegs.
I'd love to loyally say the RIB would be OK but my experience tells me, albeit in a completely different size range, is the RIB would be more likely to go over backwards in teh extremes in the videos.
The gin palace would break up before it got to the rough stuff and teh cat would be rolled over if caught abeam.
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My mate has bought 3 boats from Frank, a 42, 55 and then a 16m cat. I was on the sea trials of the cat, scary but the boats are amazing.

Best 4 day trip ever taking her back home.

I am not sure I would fancy being in a rib in the sea off Roches Point on a poor day, good luck to anyone who does it.
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