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Old 19 March 2002, 08:42   #1
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Valiant D380 or V400

Zodiac is sold and now it's finally time to go for a small RIB. I've been thinking to buy Valiant D380 or V400.

Could someone tell me how much more boat I get if choose V400 instead of D380. (20 cm more lenght at least!)

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Old 19 March 2002, 11:10   #2
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Why specifically Valiant ?
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Old 19 March 2002, 12:26   #3
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..mainly because of the price that suits to my low budget.

No other reasons.

Used boat is one option but then I have to fly to UK to buy the boat and transport it to Finland. We don't have too many used RIBs here.
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Old 19 March 2002, 15:42   #4
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valiant are made in portugal in the eurozone. i say this because over the last few years sterling has appreciated markedly against eurozone currencies and the euro itself. given that the boats are made in a large modern factory in a country with relatively low wage rates and a strong maritime tradition it would be surprising if they werent competitive. damn good craft too.
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Old 20 March 2002, 05:21   #5
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I agree, I was just interested as to the determination to get a Valiant.
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Old 20 March 2002, 06:12   #6
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As far as i understand the Valiant catalog, V400 is "more boat" than the 380. The 380 seems to be made for yatch or auxiliar boat. V400 will share the specifications of all vanguard range.

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Old 20 March 2002, 10:07   #7
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I agree that V400 is "more boat" than light and tender-type D380. It's just hard to say how much more.

Both D380 and V400 are designed for short shaft ob. V450 and V490 are for the long shaft. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that V450 and -90 have deeper V than V400.

V450 or 490 would be ideal but unfortunately they are out of budget at the moment. Maybe I choose now the D380 to replace the Zod and then after few years I'll take a step to larger boats.

I posted some questins to IBS and if I get answers it't easier to make decisions.

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Old 20 March 2002, 12:16   #8
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Jari,

I will quote dimitris (adapted to your case ):
"At the end of the day I prefer my 3,80M RIB than no RIB at all !!"

Why did you ask IBS and not Valiant directly?
http://www.valiant-boats.com


gaelforce,
thanks to remember me that 1 EUR = 0,6213 GBP !!!

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Old 20 March 2002, 13:43   #9
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Something like that I had in my mind, better 3,8m than no boat at all.

Got answers from IBS. For examle D380 has 18 deg V angle.
I'm pretty sure that D380 will give softer and better ride than the Zod in sharp and short waves and owerall it should serve me at least as well as the Zod did.

thanks for all replies

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Old 21 March 2002, 04:53   #10
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Jari,

If you understand french language take a look at
http://www.pneumag.com/essai.php?d=4

it is a summary of a test of Valiant Vanguard 340. The "+" are:
- manufacture quality
- good sea navigation (for its size, of course)
- good look

Another issue D380 x V400 is the recomended engine:
- D380: 15HP
- V400: 25HP
Less power... lower price

Please put a pic in the gallery of your new rib after the purchase


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