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Old 23 November 2004, 16:06   #1
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Tornado 8,5

A sad day. 4 weeks ago valiant confirmed that they could deliver PT 750 with black hull. Today a got a mail that they only can deliver light grey. I have cancelled the order, and now thinking about getting a Tornado 8,5 instead.

Anybody on the net that have experience with this boat ?

Will probably fit a 275 Verado



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Old 23 November 2004, 16:44   #2
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Hi Roy,

Don't give up... These guys may be able to help...


www.dulux.com


seriously though - thats bad news for you... is it a delay in the Valiant boat or a permanent 'No we can't do it'
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Old 23 November 2004, 16:59   #3
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To make a series with different than standard colours, it has to be an order of at least 15 boats. I only need one.

Anyway, its not the end of world. Quite a plesant problem actually. What rib to choose...........


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Old 23 November 2004, 16:59   #4
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why did they say they can,t do black

was it due to the fact valiant are not hand made like most ribs so making one black hull would upset the production line to much the norm would be white
orange or light grey its only a pigment change in the mould for the gel coat i would think


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Old 23 November 2004, 17:07   #5
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why did they say they can,t do black

was it due to the fact valiant are not hand made like most ribs so making one black hull would upset the production line to much the norm would be white
orange or light grey its only a pigment change in the mould for the gel coat i would think


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Old 24 November 2004, 07:28   #6
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Roy,

If it helps at all I'm very jealous!!

On a serious note having driven both Valiants and Tornados around the 6m mark, I'll put my neck on the line and say that IMHO the Tornado is a much better boat. I have owned a valiant (so am not biased!!) and found it to be a great boat, its just that the Tornados are so much better.

Have you spoken to Laurence Lock at Barnet Marine (www.ribs.co.uk) as he may be able to put you into contact with other operators of 8.5m Tornados and he is very helpful.

The extra metre will make a big difference no matter what and with the Tornado being hand built rather than mass produced you can get a truly custom boat. I personally like the idea of the transom bracket which lengthens the boat by 1.5m and also gives you extra room inside the boat.

Will be an awesome boat!!
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Old 24 November 2004, 13:09   #7
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Hi Roy,

I'm just back from a 100 nm day trip on the Clyde in my 8.5 Tornado! (My last boat was a 6.8m Ribcraft). The Tornado is a superb sea boat - it eats waves for breakfast (lunch and dinner!). The build quality is excellent, something I'm sure that all Tornado owners would confirm. The 8.5 uses "commercial spec" polyeurothane tubes - my boat is almost 2 years old, having covered some 510 hours, and I would challenge you to tell the difference from brand new tubes. I've been out in conditions up to force 8 and the boat has never put a foot wrong - it is only limited by the helmsman's skill (and his fear).

The customer service from Barnet Marine and Laurence Lock has been exemplary. My boat has a 250 Yanmar diesel coupled to a Bravo 3X drive, so I'm not qualified to comment on outboard installations, but I'm certain you would experience the same "go anywhere in anything" handling. When you are bouncing around in big seas it is most reassuring to know that you are in a strongly built boat that will get you home in one piece.

If I ever have to change RIBs I will definitely go back to Barnet and order another Tornado - there can't be a much better recommendation than that!

Laurence Lock offered a lot of useful advice leading up to my order - I'm always scepitcal about advice from salesmen, but Laurence's has been spot-on.

Please ask if you want any further info,

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Old 24 November 2004, 13:43   #8
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Old 24 November 2004, 15:46   #9
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Thanks Steve G and Jim ! Belive I'm one step closer to a Tornado 850.

Jim, what is your cruising and top speed ?

Already got a dialog with the Norwegian dealer. Going on a two week holiday to Gran Canaria ( Anybody on the net from the Canaris ? ) After coming home I will have a meting with him to get the best possible offer for a boat to my specs. Have to decide before christmas to get the boat ready in time for next charter season. What pussels my mind most if is the 275 Verado will be power enough for 12 passengers/40 knots cruising speed.


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Old 24 November 2004, 17:09   #10
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Hi Roy,

Panther will do 41 knots in a calm sea with 4 on board and full fuel (200 litres). My normal cruising speed is 32 knots, with a fuel burn of 5 gallons/hour (about 23 litres/hour) in calm conditions - at full throttle the burn is more like 7 gph (32 lph). I have had 12 on board and full fuel - the boat will still do 38 knots, but it takes a long time to get fully planing. The Yanmar diesel accelerates quickly, no matter how many are on board, once it reaches the magic 1800 revs (fully turbocharged) - it's the slow climb to 1800 revs that takes a while.

Diesel in the UK is definitely the most economical way to power a RIB (we pay much less VAT on marine diesel than petrol) and in Scotland is certainly the most convenient (we're rarely more than 30 miles away from the nearest dockside diesel pump), but I guess that might not be such an issue in your part of the world.

I think that 40 knots with 12 on board might just be possible with the 275, but you would be running at full throttle with consequent high fuel burn and engine wear. I'm not an expert on outboard matters, but I would think twin 200hps would be more appropriate if you want to cruise at higher speeds. However, I'm sure others in the Forum will be much better able to advise you on that.

Hope this is all useful,

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