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Old 16 July 2013, 11:48   #11
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what's not working with the Karnic? They are great looking hard boats.

Lots of experience with BW's, I had a Dauntless 180 with a Yam 150. No regrets going to a RIB, way better in a sea, lighter, less fuel, easier to trail yada, yada.
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Old 17 July 2013, 08:15   #12
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The Karnic certainly has and is a great boat. There is nothing wrong with the Karnic we just feel its time to upgrade to some thing with more usual deck space (we have never used the over night cabin) and something that is comfortable out in a force 3. As the family grows and changes so does out boating needs.
We spend most of our time booming around between Christchurch & Poole. We have recently taken up wakeboarding which is great fun.
Like you mention RIBs are far better at sea so I think this is one of the main factors for us wanting a change. Cheers
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Old 17 July 2013, 16:22   #13
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Hi Ducie,


I had a Karnic 2250 in Willow Way Marina - Christchurch. I've seen a couple of 2050's about.

I know exactly what you mean about ride and also never used the cabin. Great boat to fish off though.

I got a Medline 3 zodiac as there was one locally and it has a very good "leisure" layout. You are welcome to have a look around to understand the pros and cons of leisure biased ribs. It's on the river so pm me if you want to take a look.

I can go WOT in the zodiac when I would have been lucky to risk 10knts in the Karnic in the chop. But then it is a much bigger/heavier boat.

Biggest upside for me was access to any point on the boat. Made visiting unfamiliar marinas etc far less stressful.
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Old 17 July 2013, 17:26   #14
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for good hull most of UK ribs will be ok. if you are also looking for a nicy med layout, have a look to scorpion ribs, technohull, you just need to win lotery ! but most of manufacturers can set up your own layout ....
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Old 18 July 2013, 04:25   #15
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Cheers Aries, very kind of you.
I am back down to Christchurch in a few weeks so will drop you a PM. Thank you.
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Hi Gilles, the Scorpion Serket 88 looks epic and also has an epic price tag. You never know my lotto numbers may come in one day, so I will be able to place an order.

Cobra Ribs are locale to Christchurch but there consoles don't seem big enough for portable heads.

The Osprey Vipermax looks a very appealing option but I am not sure if they can squeeze a portable heads into the console. I have emailed them so we will see.

That's the problem with having too many lady boaters in the family. I have to keep them happy and portable heads are an absolute must.

Thank you for all you import and comment’s everyone. It is most helpful.
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Old 18 July 2013, 04:56   #17
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Willk's probably keeping his powder dry:P
I suspect that there are more suitable "off the shelf" products available. Redbay have certainly designed a few "powder rooms" in their time, but they're a big financial step up from a Karnic...
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Using a "porta-potty" in a cramped "console" whilst bobbing up and down at sea will I suspect very quickly become an absolute emergency only experience.

If the boat is big enough most of the custom builders would stick you a console on that is big enough to get inside (he RIBquest have even managed to put a "mini cabin" on a 4.8m boat).

In your part of the world there is not a shortage of good shore facilities - and you would pay for a lot of marina visits with the cost of adding a suitable console and apparatus that will likely not get used.

Do the 'ladies' who are driving the decision making actually go out in conditions where a rib brings an advantage. In my experience people (of both gender) who insist on luxuries like this usually only go out in calm weather on sunny days. If you are looking for great sea keeping and plush accommodation with comforts for people who think boating = sun bathing then you need to look at the proper cabin ribs. A bucket of blue chemical in a big locker is not going to cut it.
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consoles don't seem big enough for portable heads.
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That's what "A" frames are for, both of my "laydees" have perfected the knack of squeezing between the engine & "A" frame & holding on with one hand. Wait until you get the nod, a quick blip in reverse, job done

The RIB that you seek, DOES exist, just be prepared to pay for it.....or compromise.
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Wife and 2 daughters - yes the heads gets used alot.
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