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Old 01 May 2013, 14:02   #11
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Well that's ok then to be honest I assumed it was a SIB so my bad.

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Old 01 May 2013, 16:20   #12
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Old 01 May 2013, 17:31   #13
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Seaswift boats are indeed Chinese but don't tar them all with one brush, from what I have seen at the boatshow and the one I have here they are very well laid up, thought out and put together (see build thread coming soon).

This isn't a biased opinion as I've no connection or Hidden agenda and have owned a good cross section of UK built ribs over the years (tornado, BWM, osprey, ribtec...)

Seaswift seam to brand the Ali ones as highfield and Grp ones as x-pro I don't know if they share all or none of the manufacturing in china or if they are totally separate.

Generally PVC tubes but hypalon is an option.

Worth noting, my experience and observations are based on the 5m+ boats.
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Seaswift boats are indeed Chinese but don't tar them all with one brush, from what I have seen at the boatshow and the one I have here they are very well laid up, thought out and put together (see build thread coming soon).

This isn't a biased opinion as I've no connection or Hidden agenda and have owned a good cross section of UK built ribs over the years (tornado, BWM, osprey, ribtec...)

Seaswift seam to brand the Ali ones as highfield and Grp ones as x-pro I don't know if they share all or none of the manufacturing in china or if they are totally separate.

Generally PVC tubes but hypalon is an option.

Worth noting, my experience and observations are based on the 5m+ boats.
I can't see a 3.8m in the current range, and the posted pic looks....well...very cheap Chinese. I wonder if the one in question isn't a different factory's rebrand as it's a few years old.
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Old 01 May 2013, 18:33   #15
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Yes, agreed. A "seaswift" is misleading, they are the dealer not the brand.

An x-pro or a highfield I have seen, and can independently say I liked what I saw.

We don't know what "brand" this is, only that seaswift sold it...

They posted on here a few times, would be good to hear their I put on this early boat and any features or manufacturing it shares with the current two ranges.
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How do I check for build quality?
Shall I take some better pics when I see it next week as it is only 7 miles away?
What would you expect to pay for it for the boat and a satisfactory road trailer?
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Old 02 May 2013, 02:57   #17
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Where are you? Chatting a fellow ribnetter into viewing with you might work...

If it is built lightly but cheap enough it might still be a good first boat. Just understand the limitations this might bring, and once you've got the bug you can buy a sea rider or small ribcraft ;-)

I think there is a buyers guide FAQ on here...
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Where are you? Chatting a fellow ribnetter into viewing with you might work...

If it is built lightly but cheap enough it might still be a good first boat. Just understand the limitations this might bring, and once you've got the bug you can buy a sea rider or small ribcraft ;-)

I think there is a buyers guide FAQ on here...
yeh maybe

Trust me I already have the bug. I have owned SIBs since sept 2011. Right now I own a honwave t40.

I don't think I want anything with a long shafted engine because I am launching at a beach which is really flat. Launching a boat with a deep V hull is going to be too much of a hassle. Which is why I have decided to keep things light by buying a small shallow rib to stick my 25hp 2 stroke on. Looking mainly at the avon 3.4m to be honest.

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How do I check for build quality?
Probably by not buying something with an A-frame that looks like it's been made from a 1970s climbing frame. It's fairly telling-eithr it's been built cheaply or modified by a muppet. Either doesn't bode well.
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Shall I take some better pics when I see it next week as it is only 7 miles away?
What would you expect to pay for it for the boat and a satisfactory road trailer?
Depends exactly what the boat is like and what the trailer is really. Don't fall into the 'it's close so I must buy it' trap.

You may be better off sticking with the Honwave.
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I had a Valiant 3.8M RIB that was rated 25hp, fantastic fun for all the family, we used it for costal hoping, wake/kneeboarding for teenagers ringos for big kids, used to do about 24 knots WOT one up wind behind etc as I recal :-)

Researching my next boat and have to say haven't ruled out seaswift expro, yeh has Chinese stigma but shared emails with company and they are very passionate about the build quality of there boats.
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