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Old 26 May 2010, 13:51   #11
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Dosn't sound ideal. !!! Maybe I was given the wrong advise ?
Possibly. The theory is sound, the reality being, perhaps not ideal. There are a handful of ribs in the 6m bracket which would possibly be a better buy. I'll point you towards the Osprey Vipermax 6.5, Redbay Stormfarce and the Ribcraft 6.5.
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Old 26 May 2010, 15:42   #12
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As chewy and Tim,m says the RNLI gives first chance to any other indipendent lifeboat or rescue organisations first,,if no takers they are then offered to rnli crew members or branch officers ,then if no takers which is unusual they are sold to general public,which used to have a waiting list of a few years .boats sold then has a disclaimer that operational numbers and the words rnli cannot be shown or used ,without permission from the institution , they are usually patched over nowadays . with the larger offshore boats the superstucture is painted grey or blue unless the countrys rescue colour are the same .
they are expensive with comparison but the rnli is a charity and has to recover as much back as it can,and lets face it they are just about the best well cared for boats in the world .
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Old 26 May 2010, 16:30   #13
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..and lets face it they are just about the best well cared for boats in the world .
LOL - they get they sh1t kicked out of them at every available opportunity - it's just that the maintenance/repair/replacement costs are no object...

FWIW, I wouldn't have it any other way
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Old 26 May 2010, 16:31   #14
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LOL - they get they sh1t kicked out of them at every available opportunity - it's just that the maintenance/repair/replacement costs are no object...

FWIW, I wouldn't have it any other way
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Old 26 May 2010, 17:51   #15
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LOL - they get they sh1t kicked out of them at every available opportunity -
or when a certain crew member drives the boat into the shed with the docking arms still up ,,,,forget his name ,think comes on here every now and again LOL
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Old 26 May 2010, 18:21   #16
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or when a certain crew member drives the boat into the shed with the docking arms still up ,,,,forget his name ,think comes on here every now and again LOL
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I'm at Hayling Island RNLI, when our old '75 was upgraded to an '85 is went to Dorset police. The probability of someone getting one for pleasure use is very slim. They don't make the best boats fo pleasure use, due to their shear mass and size.

If you are looking for a rough weather boat, look at a pacific 22. I've been on one used for a saftey boat company, very stable. The design was based on the Atlantic 21 (the first ILB). If you can get one with a bigger engine. The one that I worked on had a mirmaid 140, very good on fuel, but only got about 22 kts out of it, if you can see if you can get a 300 yanmar.
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They don't make the best boats fo pleasure use, due to their shear mass and size.
How so? Is a 7.5m RIB weighing about 1800kg really that much of a handful?
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Old 12 June 2010, 09:00   #19
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Handling in general is fine, but going into a sea on our 85 we felt that a full keel would make the ride easier because when it slams down, it happens on the flat section, but then again the ride on the 21 and 75 is different to the 85.

Although they are safe boats you can use them for pleasure they're just not designed for it, but i've got my course in a couple of weeks so I can get other crew's views.
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The best I ever drove was a Atlantic 21 back in 1986, it had twin Evinrude 90's, we operated from a Rig Safety Standby Vessel, this vessel carried two RIB's. I was the cox for both of them.
One day we had ran out of fresh veg, I got called out of bed by the Skipper at 01:30hrs, the job was to go and rendevouz with a passing vessel from the same company, this vessel was 3 miles away, it was a cold December night in the northern North Sea, pitch black, in a north easterly force six, launched succesfully whilst the mother ship was heading down wind, made it back soaking wet with precious cargo of one sack of spuds!
Bit of bother recovering and housing the RIB.
Ahhh, the good old days, too old for that now though, far better off in my Robert Eaves Fisher 15 with a 15hp Johnstone.
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