Originally Posted by baixamar
What is the valiant you are looking for ? (just to know
, because I am also thinking to buy a rib, among valiant - very good prices, zodiac, or even narwhal - hd520 seems a very nice rib).
About valiant I do not like the poor choice in acessories for 5m ribs. (For the 4.90m, for example, we do not have the option to purchase a roll bar, or a jockey seat - only the jockey console, and the consoles do not have tubes to put the hands - for me the best valiant console is the PT6, that is only for +6m ribs!
Please tell me what are your thoughts about valiant / zodiacs.
(I am thinking in valiant v490 / dr490 with jockey s4 + seat s5, or narwhal hd520 with medium console with front seat + bench seat, or a zodiac pro2 5m)
I have just sold my 490 valiant . It was a 2001 boat and had aged very well .
My feelings were that it had a good waterline length for its size and it seemed to be a pretty dry ride even compared to some bigger ribs .
The anchor locker and cleat on the bow were very useful
At rest it was very stable and the tubes low enough to make climbing back in possible
Plenty of ropes and handholds are standard which makes it good for passengers sat on tubes .
Its a medium v and not bad in the lumpy stuff but something like a humber ribcraft or searider of similar size or just a bit bigger seemed to get along much better .
The valiant corners very flat at medium higher speed so I felt a little was lost in the higher speed handling
I had a df 70 suzuki on mine which was a great engine but i would liked to have tried a lighter motor if I had the choice . I feel it may have performed better with less power and wieght . Top speed was 38mph with 2 people on board and best cruising 28mph
The A frame I had was a simple bolt in job that valiant sell .
Certainly no worries with the pvc but it is harder to glue . I had to re stick the corner of a ware patch , but i got there ok in the end . Compared to my pvc tubed zodiac the valiant pvc doesn't mark as easy and stays looking cleaner and iseasier to clean . However the zodiac tubes looked better made
In all they are good value for money in the same way a ford car probably is . It aint built for heavy use but good enough for pleasure ,
and for the extra few quid the 520 would probably be worth looking at