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Old 18 September 2004, 00:05   #41
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For a Greek you have a fine taste in wine. Gloudy Bay is one of my favourite wines.
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Old 18 September 2004, 00:12   #42
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Alan,

............, but be prepared to be thrown overboard by two irate owners...

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I heard they were hard to handle on the water but didn't realise they threw unsuspecting crew out!!
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Old 18 September 2004, 02:08   #43
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FWIW The Rib-X I saw at Southampton appeared to have been better finished than a 620 Avon I saw which had tubes that left something to be desired
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Old 18 September 2004, 02:10   #44
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Make that three........ If Alans dad was a Red Indian he would have been named "talking Bollocks"


..... and probably this is the reason that he's got 3 green blobs.

But fair is fair and have to say that the SCORPION is a very different (much better in every respect) boat than any of the FALCONs (very objectively).
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Mark drinking wine is my favorite occupation


Hey hang on a minute ............. what you mean for aGreek I have a nice taste in wine??
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Have to say i have now been on two rib-x ribs for teaching purposes, the 4.70
and the 640 both the boats have impressed me the little one with 4 on board 2 adults 2 kids and a 50 hp still achieved 20 knots SOG on average and handled the sea conditions really well force 4/5 came onto the plane real quick turned on a sixpence finish was good the same goes for the bigger one, have aslo been on an avon of similar sizes and pound for pound i would go for the rib-x rib just waiting to get a go on the 7 metre rib that received the bad press report then i will let you know what i think of that.
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Old 18 September 2004, 04:37   #47
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Tim all the above are quite correct in the flat but you try to go on a long trip in force 5 with 50-80cm waves and see what happens

Due to the deep hull forard and shallow V in the middle and with the adverse chine (you know all that so I will not go on and on) they plain very quickly and you can get high speeds with small engines. The 640 SRs are also very stable when you have the weather on your side and also when you have the weather from behind HOWEVER not that great (they bang a lot and they lift the bow quite high even at 10 knots and also the wind lifts the hull up since the boats are very light) if you try them in force 4-5 and above.

The turning you mentioning well, let me have my doubts. As we found out when you try a tight turn the 640SR in high speeds (say 20 knots +) due to the flat bottom the boat slides quite a lot (like a hoverctaft) and you need to correct it with the steering. The 700SR on the other hand is like a go cart. The 700SR is a very different boat altogether. If you see one of the videos I have posted with the 640SR boats you may be alble to see that effect as I am trying to correct continuasly the steering on tight corners.

Since we are going again out tomorrow with a potential clinet who wants to buy one of the 640SR boats (have explained to him all that but he wants the boat to potter about and to go fishing which is fine) and it blows force 5 I will also take a video and post a few clips to demonstrate exactly what I mean so there will be not doubt, buts or ifs and people can actaully see.
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