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Old 29 March 2003, 16:05   #1
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Country: UK - England
Town: Pagham Harbour
Boat name: Scallywag
Make: Arran 16
Length: 4m +
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Vector Ribs

Does anybody have any experience of Vector ribs and are they still made. There is one for sale a 7.3m which I am interested in any comments please?

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Old 31 March 2003, 17:33   #2
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Make: Scorpion
Length: 8m +
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A friend has one, a 'Vector Vegabond' or so it says on the console. Neither of us know any more about it that that. I've taken it out in some serious sea's, including a F8 (i was, in fact, later that day out in my BWM 18!) and it handles superbly.

I must say, though, to me and my short 5.6m RIB anything nearly 2m longer will handle a big sea better. I've no experience what so ever of any other large RIB (plenty of experience of sub 5.5m though).

The boat had a 200 on her but Martin and i threw that away (literally - it was a Suzuki) and replaced with a 150 Mariner. Good for 45mph and will sit flat-out all day long whilst i have to work up and down a small swell in my shorter boat.

I'm jelious of the longer hull can you tell?

Anyway, i'll be interested to hear any more info. you find out. Equally if i can answer any more queries??? I think i've seen the same boat for sale in the back of RI mag.

Hope that helps.


PS: Pics of it somewhere on my website.

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Old 01 April 2003, 02:49   #3
Country: UK - England
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Make: Scorpion
Length: 8m +
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Vector RIB

Vector RIB's were built by Vector Marine who were based in an old quarry near Falmouth in Cornwall. They produced a range of boats called the Vagabond, Vulcan, XR24, Mirage, and Vulture. It was run by Peter Kidd and Damien Bloor, but they eventually went bankrupt in !995

We have patterns for the tubes for some of the models if required.
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