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Old 22 August 2013, 13:26   #11
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I had the re-enginered valiant dr 490 out twice this week force 5 6 with large steep waves (west coast of ireland). The handling of the rib is now beautifully balanced. The boat no longer gets knocked off the direction by the waves. I had to drive up the waves and when i got to the top kill the power and slide down the wave. Average speed circa 13kn. Any faster and you would fly off the wave. I assume that in these conditions the name of the game is to keep the boat in the water by varying the trottle inputs and not to fly of the wave.

I am a very very happy owner of a valiant dr 490. Now i just need to finish what i started.

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You would get a little faster by tacking a bit over them, however if your diection of travel is head on... your ultimate running time may not be much different in the end. My V570 was a peach to handle in the sea, the flat bow made stuffing a little more difficult, and the bigger 50cm tubes kept the ride dry all the time .. I loved that boat and would have another tomorrow
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Old 22 August 2013, 13:32   #12
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Nice one tsm, that's what its all about being happy with your own rib
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Old 22 August 2013, 13:42   #13
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nice job. i too have the same console as you, but also have a double as well. i put the 91litre tank inside mine though.
i agree that there are a great many ribs out there with less than ideal layouts. as kerny says, its all about being happy with your own boat - best way of doing that is sort it yourself!
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Old 22 August 2013, 13:59   #14
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the boat was a lot faster when tacked. but this was an excerise in re building my confidence on the after and field testing the modifications
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Old 23 August 2013, 04:17   #15
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Careful guys as any positive things said about valiant ribs are quickly cancelled out by the scaremongers such as I knew a guy who knew a guy who's brother had a valiant and its tubes dissolved when wet and the hull snapped in a force 3.
Nice to hear I'm not the only happy owner.
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Old 23 August 2013, 15:39   #16
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I now love seeing big seas where I used to hate them. I can "drive" the rib in big seas instead of just pottering along. As I have said before. I wonder how many ribs have been ruin by poor layout and balance. I believe that it is all in the balance. The only down side is that the rib is now much wetter to drive. but that is a price I am very happy to pay

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Old 25 April 2014, 03:30   #17
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new consol

I've got a valiant dr49o looks a great job.
Why did you fit? Did you have problems with the original 2 man jockey consol.
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Old 25 April 2014, 09:26   #18
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The problem I had with the original jockey console was that it was too low for my frame (6 foot 1 " tall). I also felt that the boat was poolry balanced as the console was positioned too far to the stern.

The cons of relocating the jockey console
The boat is a lot wetter to drive in rough weather

Pros.
The height of the steering wheel and trotle are more suited to by size and the boat has better balance.

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Old 26 April 2014, 15:42   #19
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You have done what mine badly needs!
My Zodiac is very stern bias I need to move the console forward about a meter to the raised locker and ditch the bench seat for a good single or twin jockey seat.
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Old 27 April 2014, 17:17   #20
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Hi two stroke
I'm based on Dunmore east where did you get consol also was the job expensive?
I understand valiant are no longer making the dr range
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