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Old 21 November 2001, 12:21   #11
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Gaelforce

It's never too late. We have now lakes covered by ice and I have my boat stored for the winter.
So, next time out with the boat (Zodiac or Valiant) will be the spring 02.

Jari
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Old 22 November 2001, 04:51   #12
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Jari,

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)


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Old 24 November 2001, 13:49   #13
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hi pedro - we (there are 3 of us) bought a v520 second hand. we're new to ribs, we use for skiing, fishing, messing about. a suzuki 70 4hp seems to do the business very well
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Old 03 December 2001, 15:42   #14
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Hi Pedro

I'll stay with the small boats at the moment and the V400 would be the best choise from Valiant.
What you said about the seats and the consoles was true. Have you thought about some other consoles that could be installed insted of those from Valiant.

Sorry about the delay for the answer, couldn't get into net for a while.

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Old 20 March 2002, 06:16   #15
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An old issue, without answer...

Now I understand the material used by Valiant (after asked them, of course ):

Vanguard ("High tenacity trevira..."): PVC

AKRON TPE: Polyurethane


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Hi!

From Valiant UK distributor
http://www.ibs-boats.co.uk
there are two types of materials used:

"The material is composed of a base fabric of HIGH TENACITY TREVIRA, internally and externally coated with two coats of vinyl and with an outer coat of acrylic finish which reinforces the resistance to environmental agents, ageing and dirt, making cleaning easier", for sport series

and

"AKRON TPE of High Resistance to Abrasion has been developed to be used in professional", for professional series


I did not see any reference to "hypalon". Is one of the above, with other name?


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Old 11 December 2007, 02:11   #16
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Lettering on Valiant PT 6.50

I own a valiant pt 6.50 with an inboard diesel with black tubes.can anybody help me how and what to use for lettering the sides of the tubesI want to put the name of my website on the tubes.I need the rib for my work as a photographer.I asked valiant dealer but no reply I asked valiant aftersales person marc Leribaux but he does not call back.....can anybody help me?What type of glue do I need Are their special stickers wich you can aply?
I have seen ribs with lots of sponsornames on it but these ribs where not made out of Akron TPE.
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Old 11 December 2007, 03:47   #17
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Ton, I have just been looking for the same idea and came across these guys in Lymington. Took a chance and ordered on line and suprised that they were delivered in 48 hrs Did like playing around with the web site and the different styles etc.

What we got was a clear sticky back vinyl with the letters on which just requires sticking on. For the price if in two years it looks a little worn then they are cheap enough to replace, and not so permanent that you can't get them off again.

http://www.funkymonkeyboatnames.co.uk/index.php

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Old 11 December 2007, 18:13   #18
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Jari,

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)


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Hi Pedro
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
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