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Old 28 November 2016, 11:16   #1
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Valiant PT range of ribs

Do Valiant still produce the PT range of ribs. The ribs that are advertised on the web page look good if you live in the med not great for real life I would suspect. They have very much focused on the sunny day market. I always liked the hull shape of the PT 520 no actual experance. Just wondering if they can still be purchased new?


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Old 28 November 2016, 12:53   #2
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Isnt the PT range "patrol". Which has a much deeper hull and more suitable for wavejumping n shit than the v series sunlounger stylee?

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Old 28 November 2016, 13:57   #3
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I use a Valiant PT 520 with a DF 90 Suzuki. Both from 2006. Plenty of fun in rough waters.
Valiant is now owned by an american company and they don't do that kind of boats any more.
Look at Vanguard Marine boats (Portugal). They are manufactured by the same guys and have models similar to the "old" Valiant ones.

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Old 28 November 2016, 17:12   #4
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Old 29 November 2016, 06:00   #5
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The Vanguard TX540 would be the one as it has underdeck tank,trunking deep V hull etc. The Draken 500 is similar to the Valiant 490 which is excellent but no underdeck tank.
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Old 29 November 2016, 11:07   #6
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Some of the Valiant ribs were actually built quite nicely. The tubes were a heavy duty fabric with good wear protection. I did not like the foam filled hulls. We retubed one here in the US this year and the boat had water trapped in the hull with no way to drain it. Probably from poorly sealed mounting bolts but still an issue.

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