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Old 09 September 2018, 15:00   #31
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Thanks Paul, but itís a moot point, Iíll never have the budget. If my numbers come up & Iíve a spare £5m spare change however.....
Similarly, but I still occasionally have a browse for interesting ideas if nothing else :-).

Even if I could afford it, at the end of the day, there's no real point in having a boat like that unless you're going off on some serious long term cruising.
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Old 09 September 2018, 15:02   #32
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......unless you're going off on some serious long term cruising.


Which is what Iíd do, given the time & budget. Hey ho, can but dream
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I will throw this one into the mix how about a flugga work boat functional and tough as old boots
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Old 09 September 2018, 15:39   #34
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Merry Fisher 695. Plenty of well lit cabin room, similar to a flybridge, but can easily sit on a trailer & save a few £thousand p.a. on marina costs
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Old 09 September 2018, 16:08   #35
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I will throw this one into the mix how about a flugga work boat functional and tough as old boots

Welcome to the world of polyethylene boats! Jonp should try it - if he punctures one of them heíll probably get a prize!

Personally if rib/sib-like boats didnít suit my intended use it would probably be because like Jerry I was trying to make multiday trips and stay on board with a little comfort - so perhaps something like a Fisher 30, 34 or 37 depending on budget.
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Merry Fisher 695. Plenty of well lit cabin room, similar to a flybridge, but can easily sit on a trailer & save a few £thousand p.a. on marina costs
Iíd be a little wary of the Merry fisher /Beneteau style of boat, not my choice of words but Iíve heard them being called floating caravans..............also they donít have a good sea keeping reputation - nothing like a botnia targa or equivillant, or a rib for that matter
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Old 09 September 2018, 17:58   #37
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I’d be a little wary of the Merry fisher /Beneteau style of boat, not my choice of words but I’ve heard them being called floating caravans..............also they don’t have a good sea keeping reputation - nothing like a botnia targa or equivillant, or a rib for that matter
True, very true .............

At one time or another I have helmed most of the range and owned a few as well. Sea keeping ability is not great but most of them share a worrying trait ........ if they are not driven on the throttle in a snotty sea then they tend to surf down waves and try to broach ..........the unwary can easily be caught out ............. they also roll a lot at anchor

If I couldnt have a RIB then probably a cheeta cat would be at the top of the short list. If the numbers came up then a large 'Rodman' or a '4 winns'
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What boat would you buy it not a rib

I go for one of these,
https://www.radonboats.com/boats/signature26.html

Itís a Southern California standard in boating.

Not sure if I can ever pull it off but it will be my next boat. The rib is great but a cabin and a windless are becoming more and more important as I (and my crew) gets older.
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True, very true .............

At one time or another I have helmed most of the range and owned a few as well. Sea keeping ability is not great but most of them share a worrying trait ........ if they are not driven on the throttle in a snotty sea then they tend to surf down waves and try to broach ..........the unwary can easily be caught out ............. they also roll a lot at anchor


I was unfortunate enough to have the use of a Merry Fisher for a couple of weeks in France. Probably the worst thing Iíve ever been to sea in, apart from a fast cat ferry.
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beneteau antares 7 & merryfisher 6.95 with 175-200 hp good boats for money. the big advantage of towing due to weight
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