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Old 29 July 2010, 10:31   #21
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Is this "Resin Transfer" or that something different? I think Ribcraft are now using resin transfer now on a separate line in a separate location to their established factory.
Yarp, resin infusion is another term. In simplistic form you use a bag and a vacuum pump to draw the resin through. Have to be careful you don't get any dead spots where the resin doesn't naturally flow to. Produces a superior laminate to hand lay up if done right so in that respect valiant's quality could be argued to be better. Whether they use the correct layup and quality materials is another matter though, but this is the same for a small scale rib builder too.
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Old 29 July 2010, 10:32   #22
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Leave him alone, he's busy writing Heavy Weather Powerboating two.
I don't mind at all, but all I will pass to the forum readers are facts, and not fiction. . If Valiant were 'absolutely diabolical' I can assure everyone that they would have gone out of business many years ago. If any reader has any questions 'bring it on'
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Old 29 July 2010, 10:48   #23
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I don't mind at all, but all I will pass to the forum readers are facts, and not fiction. . If Valiant were 'absolutely diabolical' I can assure everyone that they would have gone out of business many years ago. If any reader has any questions 'bring it on'

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Old 29 July 2010, 11:19   #24
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Hi have a DR 490. I have covered some serious milage off the west coast of ireland without any serious misshap. I have the rib 2.5 years now. The only problem that I has was the anchor locker was not as well attached to the deck as I would have liked. I contacted Mr Somers to get some advice on the matter which he provided promptly. I subsquently corrected the problem.

If I was buying another rib I would give serious consideration to the PT 520. I feel that the ride in the DR 490 can be a bit harsh at times. The rib I feel is more able that its owner

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Old 29 July 2010, 11:41   #25
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Hi have a DR 490. I have covered some serious milage off the west coast of ireland without any serious misshap. I have the rib 2.5 years now. The only problem that I has was the anchor locker was not as well attached to the deck as I would have liked. I contacted Mr Somers to get some advice on the matter which he provided promptly. I subsquently corrected the problem.

If I was buying another rib I would give serious consideration to the PT 520. I feel that the ride in the DR 490 can be a bit harsh at times. The rib I feel is more able that its owner

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Both boats can be used comfortably off your coastline. A number of years ago the RNLI did a feasibility study on 5M RIBs. 10-11 were supplied through 10-11 different Manufacturers, many from the UK and a 45hp Tohatsu was fitted. The testing was over 2 days off Appledore in North Devon. We supplied a DR490 and according to them it was the 'best performing RIB' in all testing and was the only RIB that worked safely in a surf. The study was carried out to look at other options to the Class D conventional inflatable which is great in a surf , but more restrictive in other uses. The Patrol 520 is an even deeper V hull with the advantage of inboard tank and under-deck trunking.
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Old 29 July 2010, 13:08   #26
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I don't mind at all, but all I will pass to the forum readers are facts, and not fiction. . If Valiant were 'absolutely diabolical' I can assure everyone that they would have gone out of business many years ago. If any reader has any questions 'bring it on'
That wasn't aimed at you, it was gotchi who is still at school.
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Mmmm... fast turning in to an advert.
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Bigwuss7 rated his valiant.

Not that that counts for jack.
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Bigwuss7 rated his valiant.

Not that I know jack.
Oh look .... the posting fairy has been in

But it is a fact, I had a 5.7 bought new in 2007/8 and was impressed with the tube quality and layout.. I never had a pump near it in 2 years! .. bow locker could have had a bit sturdier door but that was a minor point .. it was a nice looking rib, with grey blue tubes and patches, and despite being a relatively shallow V .. I found with some forward weight it handled really well .. being my 6th RIB I've owned in 14 years, I'd like to think that qualifies me with some reasonable judgement

I'd have another anyday
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I had a 5'7" model bought new in 2007/8 and was impressed with her quality and layout.. I never had a pump near her in 2 years! .. Chutney locker could have had a bit sturdier, but that was a minor point .. She was a nice looking pink colour, with grey blue eyes and elbow patches, and despite having a relatively shallow V....... I found with some forward weight she handled really well .. being my 6th inflatable I've owned in 14 years, I'd like to think that qualifies me with some reasonable judgement

I'd have another anyday



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