Originally Posted by two stroke mick
Attached is a photo from last August on a blowy day in Clew Bay. The near rib was a SR 5.4 and the next rib is a DR 4.9. As you can see the SR rode higher out of the water than the DR. Speed was circa 20-25 kn. As everyone here will tell you the best boat at this size is a SR 4.7 (hard to get)
A lot of those people have never been on a SR4.7 and certainly haven't tried everything between 4.5 and 5.5m. Two things confuse me if that claim is really true (a) why were more not Made/sold in the first place (b) why has nobody essentially copied the key features that make it so good? the RC fanboys will tell you a Ribcraft 4.8 is hard to beat.
Interestingly Bigmuz raved about his valiant even claiming it was better than much bigger boats he had owned.