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Old 21 June 2006, 19:51   #1
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Valiant v 490 any experience ?

Has anyone any experience of valiant v490 . Iam looking at buying one but cantget any info on them . Its a 2000 boat in red with 75hp which I believe is max engine size .
I have seen the Valiant web site but the model has changed to a more leisure styled boat .and there is little info or pictures
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Old 22 June 2006, 16:31   #2
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Used to have one, I will try and answer any questions you have? Here is mine
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Old 22 June 2006, 16:57   #3
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Thanks Jieboy
I was begining to think nobody had one .

The one Iam looking at is similar to yours , exept it has a bench seat across the stern . its a 2000 boat

I can't find a pic of the hull . Is it a proper deep V ? ie a good sea boat .

In general was it a good boat . and how solid did it feel.

The one Iam looking at has a 75 mariner and although valiant say up to 80hp I fear it may be overpowered .

The tubes are made of Acron I think , is there any quality or repair issues with them .

Anything to look for problem wise when I view it
Cheers ian
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Old 22 June 2006, 20:30   #4
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Had exactly what you're looking at. Valiant 490 with a Mercury 75 (same engine). To be honest as long as the boat is structurally sound she can handle 75hp no problem, but it will scare the sh#t outta you. Hull is ok, its not the best for its size, but it's not the worst either.

A good quick RIB, expect 35kts, solid enough too but don't expect too much comfort.

Presume it's a 2stroke Mariner ya? 4stroke will be too heavy and destroy the balance of the boat.

I'll be honest and say that we outgrew ours very quick, we only got a season out of her, but bought at the right price and made a nice profit. It's an ideal starter RIB but if you want something more serious, without breaking the 5m barrier then it's gotta be a Ribcraft 4.8, Searider 4.7m (rare!) or a Redbay 4.5.

Will answer any questions you have!
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Old 23 June 2006, 14:54   #5
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Had exactly what you're looking at. Valiant 490 with a Mercury 75 (same engine). To be honest as long as the boat is structurally sound she can handle 75hp no problem, but it will scare the sh#t outta you. Hull is ok, its not the best for its size, but it's not the worst either.

A good quick RIB, expect 35kts, solid enough too but don't expect too much comfort.

Presume it's a 2stroke Mariner ya? 4stroke will be too heavy and destroy the balance of the boat.

I'll be honest and say that we outgrew ours very quick, we only got a season out of her, but bought at the right price and made a nice profit. It's an ideal starter RIB but if you want something more serious, without breaking the 5m barrier then it's gotta be a Ribcraft 4.8, Searider 4.7m (rare!) or a Redbay 4.5.

Will answer any questions you have!
Thanks for that
Yes its a 75 mariner and the boat looks identical to yours .
A 4.8 ribcraft would be nice but is hard to find so this would do for this season . What was the fuel consumption like cruising , thats the big unknown , and what did it cruise at ?
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Old 23 June 2006, 15:10   #6
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It'll burn half as much as my Mariner 150. It'll be fine on fuel Ian as long as you keep the big posey Mrs Sticky stylie power turns to a minimum.
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Old 23 June 2006, 15:22   #7
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ALICE !! how are you
So this is ok is it ??
Half as much fuel as your mariner is ok for me
I like the layout on this for the family . Room for caja behind me or with me or mum on the back seat .
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Old 23 June 2006, 15:33   #8
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ALICE !! how are you
So this is ok is it ??
Half as much fuel as your mariner is ok for me
I like the layout on this for the family . Room for caja behind me or with me or mum on the back seat .
Where is this boat advertised? I've not read the details.
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Old 23 June 2006, 17:40   #9
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The seller is prepared to meet me at Bristol this weekend. There is nowhere to launch in that area to try the boat , how big a risk would I be taking to just buy it after hearing the motor run with a hosepipe .
Seller sounds very genuine and want's me to try the boat , but that means getting to North Wales I guess .

To top it all the exhaust has just broken on the transit so have borrowed Mums car for the Day as my car has no Hook .
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Old 23 June 2006, 17:41   #10
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The seller is prepared to meet me at Bristol this weekend. There is nowhere to launch in that area to try the boat , how big a risk would I be taking to just buy it after hearing the motor run with a hosepipe .
Seller sounds very genuine and want's me to try the boat , but that means getting to North Wales I guess .

To top it all the exhaust has just broken on the transit so have borrowed Mums car for the Day as my car has no Hook .
Where's the ad for the thing?
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