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Old 29 April 2004, 04:58   #11
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you are right they are a similar hull but that is where it ends the Solent is a superior build and fit out,
Tim I think you will find Porters have a very high standard of workmanship when they build there own ribs and dinghies. Please don't confuse the quality of there own hulls to the BWMs they had to build down to a price and short time frame.

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Old 29 April 2004, 05:08   #12
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Hi Pete
i'm not knocking Porters reputation just stating my opinion in regards
to the build and finish of the Tohatsu range, Porters have to build to a price
and factor in the profit margin, Tohatsu ribs are good but basic
Solent Ribs build in my opinion and i am biased a very good quality rib
with good attention to detail and fit out, the proof of this is a very healthy
order book that continues to grow. i would not like to give the impression
that Porters do poor workmanship because they don,t
regards tim
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Old 29 April 2004, 05:32   #13
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Please don't confuse the quality of there own hulls to the BWMs they had to build down to a price and short time frame.

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The feedback I've gotten about BWM hulls are that they are on the contrary, a very good hull. I understand that they were built to a budget spec as far as fit out is concerned and that is plain to see, although I do note the workmanship of some other makes which isn't much better, however I would have to say from my own experience and from other unbiased feedback that I've received, that BWM is actually a vey good hull and outperforms many others.

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Old 29 April 2004, 09:10   #14
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Bajan, it wasn't so much the quality of the hulls that let BWM down but the way things were attached to them. It would be a regular occurence to see bits of tubes and tube handles fall off.

The Deep Sea 18, 19 and 21s had a novel concave bow design which tended to force water out sideways as the rib move forward. Some liked it others didn't.

They were however a great success because so many dive clubs were able to buy new ribs and get out there and do it in the early 90s.

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Old 29 April 2004, 10:00   #15
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Bajan, it wasn't so much the quality of the hulls that let BWM down but the way things were attached to them. It would be a regular occurence to see bits of tubes and tube handles fall off.

The Deep Sea 18, 19 and 21s had a novel concave bow design which tended to force water out sideways as the rib move forward. Some liked it others didn't.

They were however a great success because so many dive clubs were able to buy new ribs and get out there and do it in the early 90s.

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I've been lucky enough to come across one that's in good shape which leads me to be slightly biased. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

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Bajan, it wasn't so much the quality of the hulls that let BWM down but the way things were attached to them. It would be a regular occurence to see bits of tubes and tube handles fall off.
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And grabrails, electronics, seat pods!!!!

Back on topic, I have a mate with a Tohatsu 7.1m & 150 Ficht. Nice boat, has held up well for 3-4 years and hes been cross channel in it. I test drove a 90 / 6m Tohatsu one design when they first came out. Went well but needed better steering - leastways the one I was on did. They dont feel as solid as some but if you get it for the right price then good value I think. That 90 carb will drink fuel quite prodiguously so be prepared for the bills at the pump!

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Old 29 April 2004, 12:33   #17
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you are right they are a similar hull but that is where it ends the Solent is a superior build and fit out, as for the customers request for where they want to put things and leave things out what can you do, they have just finished a 6.5 with teak decks rear bench seat 225 on the back it looks absolutley
Ive got to post something about this boat cause it really is awesome.

This is the first boat the guy has ever owned. (went for a nice sensible engine....)
All credit to kevin who does all the fitting out because he must of spent months fitting this boat. Every extra imaginable has been fitted, 6 cd changer with 8 huge speakers, fresh water tanks for an onboard shower, shore power for the wives hairdryer, the list goes on.

Aswell as the extra's there were a few surpises he brought on them. Such as not liking the look of the tubes, so they have been cut to a huge taper to make it look like a revenger. They were others but when i was last down there the owner had asked them to machine a special mount to hold the VHF fist mic. Aparantly the silva one looked "cheap".
Oh and he decided the 'd' fendering didnt look right so that was changed for a flat piece.

Ill post some pictures of both mine and this boat in a few days time.
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Old 29 April 2004, 14:51   #18
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Wow, thanks for all the replies, yes it is the one from boatshed, I'll have a look at the weekend as I'm going up to the sportboat and rib show, but I'll probably hold out for the right ribcraft.

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Old 29 April 2004, 18:08   #19
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Quote: Ive got to post something about this boat cause it really is awesome.

So where are the pictures then? I'd like to see this as any guy who gets an engine like that on his first Rib gets my vote!

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Old 29 April 2004, 20:01   #20
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Quote: Ive got to post something about this boat cause it really is awesome.

So where are the pictures then? I'd like to see this as any guy who gets an engine like that on his first Rib gets my vote!

Pete

Nice one Suzuki.It's gonna be hard to control when the red mist comes down I hope the instuctor he's spending 5 days on the water with is called Neil Holmes!

I must admit I have heard Solent Ribs referred to as Sohatsu's and now that the Ad Campaign for Solent Ribs is over (hopefully) lets get back to the Tohatsu in question yep it looks pricey but I have a soft spot for em cos I think they are well made and are nippy.

Don't forget also that they were made as a pleasure boat that you good race( hence the name one design) and any racer worth his salt wouldn't want to carry extra weight so there was no need for teak decking, for freshwater showers or a stainless steel anchor chain. Tapered tubes however now that's diferent.

There is a yellow Tohatsu at Drivers Wharf that is for sale, thay haven't had many bites and I don't know how much it is. But I can find out for you if you want. On another note my pal from the North wanted to have a look at the Delta 6 that is for sale in Poole, and as he needed an interpreter so I went with him to have a look That was a very clean and useful boat and the cash price seemed very fair and it went like a rocket!
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