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Old 03 September 2012, 18:13   #1
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Shearwater 8.6

Does anyone have experience of Shearwater Ribs. A good friend is thinking of getting one, probably the 8.6m. Any things to look out for, good years, engine configurations, electrics, seating etc.

Any advice much appreciated.

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Old 03 September 2012, 18:23   #2
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Trevor G has one, awesome ribs, have a look at these vids:

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Ventnor trip (shows her port side)

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Shearwater only ever made 17 RIBs so information on them is scarce. I would suggest looking on boatmad.com to research more about the hull design which is RING.

Trevor's boat is very nice however quite a harsh ride, personally the layout is not to my taste however I can see the advantages of the cabin, and the quality of the fitout is very good.
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PeteM also had one of the first I believe but not an 8.6 though, however it was a fantastic boat:



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Whisper, thanks for the links. That F8 is interesting.

I'm surprised the ride is harsh. I was around when Mike Ring sold the moulds to Tony Davies of Extreme and saw a number built. I used the 21 and a number of the 28s. . In that application the ride was pretty good provided you were going fast enough!

All great feedback though. It will be used as a family boat so I suspect the seating layout will not be a problem. Having only 17 to choose from could make one hard to find.

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I'm surprised the ride is harsh.
Perhaps harsh is not the right word, more like..sharp. That's just the feeling I got on board Blue Ray. Then again my Osprey is regarded as the softest riding hull on the market and I only really have that to judge against.
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My wife and kids were in Trev's boat in the Ventnor HQ video as it was a bit rough, my kids are 5 & 6 and they fell asleep
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Shearwater only ever made 17 RIBs so information on them is scarce.
He doesn't know anything about them
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I would suggest looking on boatmad.com.
He's not allowed on Boatmad yet
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Trevor's boat is very nice however quite a harsh ride
Compared to the only RIB he's ever used and he's in no way biased

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personally the layout is not to my taste however I can see the advantages of the cabin
He'd like more red, but at 17, the advantages of a cabin are becoming clearer

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and the quality of the fitout is very good.
His Mother taught him to always say something nice, even when he doesn't want to.

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Does anyone have experience of Shearwater Ribs. A good friend is thinking of getting one, probably the 8.6m. Any things to look out for, good years, engine configurations, electrics, seating etc.

Any advice much appreciated.

Oscar.
I got mine in 2007 and owned it till 2011. I had the first one they made ( on a 7.5m ring hull and a 200 opti on the back.

As has been said it is a very solid hull and boat in my opinion. I was quite happy to accept a harder ride than say a 7.5 ribcraft for the ability to get good shelter from the cabin/ console and to be able to get 50knts from what is never a light set up suited me well . I also loved the wrap around helm 'wings' for staying out of the worst of the weather, and on calm days with the helm seat down you are well out of the wind to behind the screen.

Oh and I think they have a very good look for such a practical boat. Me + Wife & 2 kids found we had plenty of room , but we had a very differant seating layout with no rear seats set low around the splashwell , but instead had a bench type seat .

I'm sure there are plenty of pics on here and would recommend a call to Jim @ bembridge outboards as he knows each boat very well and where it went / history etc .

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Thanks for all the replies, I'll pass the information on.
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