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Old 28 September 2005, 17:19   #1
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Solent ribs

Hi all, has anybody had any hands on experience of 5.4metre Solent ribs, have seen one I am very interested in, how deep is the hull, how do they handle in lumpy weather, and are they a heavy boat, as you can see by previous posts, missed out on "seariders " searider as it was to heavy to tow on an un braked trailer with my 2ltr Carlton, also what is build quality like? A lot of questions I know, but the boats down south ( arnt they all!) and Im up north, and I have never seen a solent in the " flesh"! Also, anyone want to buy a mint Osprey Kestrel if I buy the Solent, there are already some pics on forum!!
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Old 28 September 2005, 17:50   #2
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Hi Charlie
Strange you should ask this as just yesterday I was asking questions as to the obvious similarities in hull shapes of a Solent 5.4 and a Ribtec 5.35, have a look yourself
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One of our emminent Ribnetters advises me that Solent built theirs with the full blessing of Ribtec, from my experience the hull handles rough stuff very well for its size and it really impressed by RYA instructor who felt the ride was as good as a 6m plus boat ( I hadn't paid him at that stage though ) Can't comment on build quality of the Solent but there's lots about them on the forums.
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Old 28 September 2005, 18:05   #3
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Very very similar hull to the Ribtec 535 (legit) since they both come from the old Watercraft mould. 70 hp produced 36mph tops on the Ribtec version. Not sure how they get 50 mph with 75 on the Solent version. Solent ribs now well established and ought to be cheaper than the Ribtec for no noticeable difference. Hull quite narrow so easy to tow and light enough to launch single handed, but bit short of deck space like the Avon. Hull constant V shape and quite competant.

Seen one being launched across southport beach and there aren't many ribs you would want to do that with.

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50 mph with 75
Likewise that surprised me, I get 44mph with a 90.
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Very very similar hull to the Ribtec 535 (legit) since they both come from the old Watercraft mould. 70 hp produced 36mph tops on the Ribtec version. Not sure how they get 50 mph with 75 on the Solent version. Solent ribs now well established and ought to be cheaper than the Ribtec for no noticeable difference. Hull quite narrow so easy to tow and light enough to launch single handed, but bit short of deck space like the Avon. Hull constant V shape and quite competant.

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He knows his stuff this bloke eh! New Solent 585 is on its way now that should be interesting .
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Lol, if anyones not aware, this is what we are talking about:

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/YOR137/

He is a member of ribnet, Matiboy or something, haven't seen him post in a couple of years though.

5.85? interesting, based on the 6m hull ?

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5.85? interesting, based on the 6m hull ?

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The ad doen't say 50 mph from a 75hp....Just that it's capable of it this speed. The package comes with the 75 and I guess 36 mph would be a sensible speed with this package. What is the Max outboard you can mount on a 5.4 Solent?
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IMvHO it does say that! It refers to the package, which in this context is the RIB on sale, ie with a 75hp motor.

"...an immaculate package which is one of the most capable ribs in its class , capable of 50 mph on flat water !"

At best it's misleading.

BTW do you know who Yorke Trading is?
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Are well, it's the "package" bit that's at fault then.

Sea trial the RIB and record the max speed gps and then point out the ad and then demand 50% off .

The answer would be "well with a 14 mph tidle race you can reach the 50".
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