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Old 11 September 2015, 03:44   #31
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Nothing sticks to Hdpe so a pressure wash would seem to be sufficient.
...even I could barely hold on! And I have a deathlike grip when a free trip is on offer
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Old 11 September 2015, 04:10   #32
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.... They also offer a 540, which I have never seen in person, and is obviously targeted at the European rib community, but the pictures of the red version look quite purposeful and workboat like.
I've seen a couple of the larger ones in France, in fairness they look a tidy bit of kit. The French use them for inshore fishing, no more than 5 miles off shore & they are well suited to this. Plenty of room (compared to a RIB) sturdy, bullet proof. The French in true French style, just chuck 'em off the end of the slip, tie it to the nearest immovable object, leave it there banging against the slip/bottom/harbour wall/other boats whilst they faff about kissing each other & having coffee. Half an hour later they come back, chuck the kids & the dog in & pootle off. The ones I see have a centre console, seats, rod holders aplenty. There's probably more room in a 3.9m Funyak than in a 4m RIB, so comparing the 2 spacewise is pointless.
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Old 11 September 2015, 04:17   #33
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Haha, loving the mental picture I got from your response!

I guess I'm interested in how well they handle swell. The hull looks quite low profile with not a particularly deep V keel so are they comparable in ride to an air deck SIB? or are they less bangy/slappy than I think they might be?
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Old 11 September 2015, 04:36   #34
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Haha, loving the mental picture I got from your response!

I guess I'm interested in how well they handle swell. The hull looks quite low profile with not a particularly deep V keel so are they comparable in ride to an air deck SIB? or are they less bangy/slappy than I think they might be?
No idea how they handle so can't comment. Many RIBs are flat bottomed & slappy, especially at the smaller end of the market, so choose carefully if it's "big sea" handling you're after. You will have to compromise. The only small RIB I've seen with a decent hull is the 4.8 RC. I'm not saying this because I'm a "Ribcraft fanboy" it's because it really is the only tiddler I've seen with a decent hull. I'm sure there are others out there just as good. That said, seakeeping is a combination of hull design & length, there's no substitute for length
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Old 11 September 2015, 04:51   #35
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I guess I'm interested in how well they handle swell. The hull looks quite low profile with not a particularly deep V keel so are they comparable in ride to an air deck SIB? or are they less bangy/slappy than I think they might be?
These things are subjective - so if you get yourself up here you can try for yourself*. However willk and a barrel of his stuff accompanied me on the SIB trip this year so he has first hand experience he may be willing to share (either in public or private). There are quite a few other people here who have seen it for real but none who have been on board in any interesting conditions.

I'm not sure what sea trials Morton Boats (Linconshire?) offer for FunYaks, or Whaley offer in the UK.

Personally I think it handles better/more comfortably than any SIB I've been on; however I would have to caveat that by saying I've never been in any real waves with an air deck. Its a very long time since I drove a SR4 so not sure I could give a comparison as memory always affects how big the waves really were!

* I bought mine before they offered a jockey seat (so had their bench console) I recently DIY upgraded it to a jockey arrangement so what I have is not available off the shelf but will give you a good idea.
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Thanks again both

I'll have to organise a sea trial and hopefully time the weather right so it's manky!

It's not so much that I intend to be out in the chop however I'd like to know what it's like so I'm comfortable should I be caught out at some point and what it's capable of.
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No idea how they handle so can't comment. Many RIBs are flat bottomed & slappy, especially at the smaller end of the market, so choose carefully if it's "big sea" handling you're after. You will have to compromise. The only small RIB I've seen with a decent hull is the 4.8 RC. I'm not saying this because I'm a "Ribcraft fanboy" it's because it really is the only tiddler I've seen with a decent hull. I'm sure there are others out there just as good. That said, seakeeping is a combination of hull design & length, there's no substitute for length
Not a "Fan Boy"..(Barcelona?).. Carefull Mate!!!...straddleing THAT fence...you'd need much longer legs!..
speaking HONESTLY you may just be branded as such!
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I had the same dilemma, not sure how much I was going to use my rib etc.

I bought a Searider SR4 with a 55 HP 2 stroke on the back and PTT off a chap on here and it was superb.

I've had it out exactly twice this year so my cunning plan of buying something small and reasonably cheap but in good condition has been a good one.

The kids love it and it acts as a safety boat when I have two or three kayaks and sailing dinghyOut on the water in the lakes.
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However willk and a barrel of his stuff accompanied me on the SIB trip this year so he has first hand experience he may be willing to share (either in public or private)
One of the cans of Guinness in that barrel blew up and left me with a VERY fragrant sleeping bag. Admittedly, I packed in a hurry and you WERE belting through a 2 meter slop....

I'd be happy to answer ANY questions about your boat in public!
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