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Old 19 February 2011, 14:44   #31
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XS 460/500 - No - um, aren't they made of PU or PVC?
I'm just catching up after some time away... yes XS ribs tubes are made from polyurethane (not PVC). Is that necessarily a problem? I don't think I can recall any XS or Valiant (who also use PU) owner on here grumbling about the quality of the tubes etc, indeed I can recall one or two actually singing the praises of PU.
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Old 19 February 2011, 14:52   #32
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If you want me to put some positive spin on it Polwart, fine:

One is a little less shite than the other ;-)
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Old 19 February 2011, 15:03   #33
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if you go for a 5.0 metre destroyer i would personaly go for a 90 but a 75 would be fine.Would not recommend anything smaller.
Between my assault and destroyer,both boats idealy need 2 people to launch,but like i said earlier could be launched and retrieved single handidly.
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Old 19 February 2011, 16:43   #34
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Between my assault and destroyer,both boats idealy need 2 people to launch,but like i said earlier could be launched and retrieved single handidly.
I'm intrigued as to what the 2nd person does in this multi-handed launch? I doubt you mean that someone holds the boat by the slipway while the other person parks the car & trailer, 'cos this would be the case with all boats.
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Old 19 February 2011, 19:06   #35
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I'm intrigued as to what the 2nd person does in this multi-handed launch? I doubt you mean that someone holds the boat by the slipway while the other person parks the car & trailer, 'cos this would be the case with all boats.
The 2nd person is obviously there to rip the pi$$ and take pics when it all goes badly wrong.
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Old 19 February 2011, 19:20   #36
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The 2nd person is obviously there to rip the pi$$ and take pics when it all goes badly wrong.
And hop around on the slipway after the trailer runs over his foot.
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Old 20 February 2011, 06:42   #37
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the second person is there for just that as well as keeping the stern of the boat straight so that it can be wound up onto the trailer.Like i've said,i could do it myself easily when its calm but the second person comes in handy if theres a chop.Why,how many people does it take you's to launch?
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the second person is there for just that as well as keeping the stern of the boat straight so that it can be wound up onto the trailer.Like i've said,i could do it myself easily when its calm but the second person comes in handy if theres a chop.Why,how many people does it take you's to launch?
Ideally two people. Effectively the second person is a go-for or 'gopher', basically to hold your pride and joy away from the barnacle encrusted pier or slipway, while you park-up, take a pi$$ and generally act like a rear-admiral!
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wouldnt of put it like that but sounds about right!!!
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The 2nd person is obviously there to rip the pi$$ and take pics when it all goes badly wrong.
You forget the classic arts of ;

- Sharp intake of breath about 2 seconds before all goes badly wrong
- Comments of 'this will be nasty' and ' I wouldn't do it like that' again 2-3 seconds before things go badly wrong
- Slow head shake/wry smile 2-3 seconds after it has all gone wrong.....

oh and to fall on arse/get 100% wet due to green slime on slip while car is parked etc etc
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