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Old 26 December 2014, 12:34   #1
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Valiant 570 with optimax 90hp

Anyone know if this is a decent rug, ie reliability and sea keeping etc

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Old 28 December 2014, 05:25   #2
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Engines are tried and tested tech. 3 cyl opti is quite quiet too. Not the lightest of units for its power, but not an issue on a 570 Valiant, it's a big enough boat.

Hull isn't a deep V I don't think, but whilst that means it's not as good as some in rougher weather, and has a shallower deck typically (you sit more on than in) it'll use less fuel and be faster. That's not to say they aren't any good in the rough, it's still a v hulled RIB!!

They're a mass produced unit rather than a small low production hand built British brand. Saying that, they're sold and used a lot and have a fairly good name in that market.

As such there'll be a dealer near you, so go test one out, then try a deeper V hull and see if the difference is worth it to you.
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Old 28 December 2014, 06:28   #3
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I had the V570 from new with a Honda 90 and thought from the various boats ive owned it was one of the best boats I've had. Was white/blue with fake teak deck. Loads of bow storage, and I 'used' it together with forward storage of aux, and that seemed to sort the balance out. Plenty of aft tube for really easy beach launching, and not being the deepest 'v' really helps here. If anything I'd have put a 115 on it (max rating), because I had it balanced perfectly, it would have handled it no bother.
Had it in all sorts of seas no problem, it had bigger than usual diameter tubes which assisted stability here.
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I've used mine in very lumpy seas and never felt concerned. They are also very good in nice weather with bags of storage for all the beach gear. The tubes are PU which means they are easy to keep clean but I would recommend a good cover to keep the sun off when stored which can weaken the glue joints after 10 years supposedly.
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Cheers guys. Its a 2008 model I believe, got everything I need etc. just nice to ask current/past owners rather than a dealer who wants a sell

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A picture would help to be more specific about my own impressions ?
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