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Old 23 February 2008, 15:41   #11
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The Valiant PT-520 has not much deck space compared to to most 5mtr ribs, because of the forward locker and engine well.
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Old 23 February 2008, 17:09   #12
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Wow they all look great

I really have a budget of 5.5 K max so will have to go for the one of the orgional two I think

The Valiant seems to have the deepest keel by the look of it so I guess its a balance of

a) The deepest keel is going to better against waves (and has more power)

b) The better "make"
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Old 23 February 2008, 17:18   #13
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Out of the two original ones I would probably have the Humber, the 'rude on the Valiant is also ex-rnli so may be high hours.

You could of course always consider a trusty 5.4m Searider, would leave you some spare cash for a few toys on it too.
These two look tasty:

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F171380

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F171380
This ones even got a 4 stroke on it, and looks to have been retubed.
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I am told it is a Vangard

They all seem to have the same hull in the 4.9 whatever they call the model . the colours changed . over the years , they are now blue , mine was red .

How much is that one selling for , I would guess its a fairly old boat and motor worth about 4k ish depending on the trailer . 6k should get something a lot newer with an up to date more economical motor
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Old 24 February 2008, 01:41   #15
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THis one is 5,499


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They all seem to have the same hull in the 4.9 whatever they call the model . the colours changed . over the years , they are now blue , mine was red .

How much is that one selling for , I would guess its a fairly old boat and motor worth about 4k ish depending on the trailer . 6k should get something a lot newer with an up to date more economical motor
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"flooded hull design with Chinnook Tubes"

I guess the chinook tubes are non avon ie new


But flooded hull ?
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Ex Mili ?

Starngley it is ex RNLI but how did you know ?
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Old 24 February 2008, 04:39   #18
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"flooded hull design with Chinnook Tubes"

I guess the chinook tubes are non avon ie new


But flooded hull ?
Some boats (it may be the exclusive preserve of seariders?) have holes at the front and back of the hull. So when you stop the void under the deck fills with water, and the boat sits lower in the water which makes it more stable at rest and easier for divers, skiers, or anyone else to get out of the water and into the boat. The whole at the back is relatively big so as soon as you apply power and start to lift onto the plane the void drains and you can go fast. Main draw back is presumably time to get on the plane (carrying the extra weight initially).
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Out of all those boats I would go for that searider at 4995. Very nice looking and it'll be a lot more capable than the two original boats. Like ADS I wouldn't buy either of them. The trailer under that Humber is far too small for starters!
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"flooded hull design with Chinnook Tubes"

I guess the chinook tubes are non avon ie new


But flooded hull ?
Looks like its been retubed which is a good thing, Avon Searider tubes are usually grey but I guess they probably wanted it to look abit less commercial.
Its quite common to retube older ribs, theres a number of retubed Avons on the market at the moment.

All Seariders have a flooding hull, its basically an under deck void that floods through too small holes at the bow and then shoots out of a big hole at the back when you get on the plane.
Advantages: Very stable at rest, ideal for fishing and rescue boat work.
Disadvantages: Takes a little longer to plane (No great problem though, ive left mine as flooding and I tow wake boarders), may actually draw a little more water as it will set lower, and I guess you could argue it uses more fuel getting onto the plane.
However, there is an off the shelf kit you can buy to block up the flooding hull if its not what you want but in my eyes the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, its hardly noticeable on my boat and makes low speed manouevering more positive.
The 5.4 at 4995 is a very good price and would be my choice.


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