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Old 19 May 2009, 19:00   #21
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If you watch the weather and plan well, snatching a passage in millpond conditions it easily possible - we had a Cowes-Alderney passage a few years ago that could have been done on a plank of wood!

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Old 21 May 2009, 14:04   #22
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the Bozo renovating my Searider 4.7 and if I get any time at home before November and the weatherman says OK then I'm going to go accross in my 4.7 failing th I'll go in my 5.4 Searider.

A 6.5 is plenty good enough for a comfortable crossing from hat I understand Ribquest are under new management as of 8 months ago and now have the quality sorted out. I think it's now owned by one of the countries best race engineers David Rose and that's certainly a name associate with high quality.
I guess time will tell
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Old 21 May 2009, 14:44   #23
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i would steer clear of the mass produced imported ribs that will fall to bits and compress your spine.
not sure I understand that - there is no reason why an imported rib or a mass produced rib should be more likely to "compress your spine" than a low volume UK built boat -simply because of country of origin or production method.
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I would be looking for a decent British built rib with a commercial pedigree i.e the Red bay-Ribcraft-Ribquest- Humber, .......my 6.3m Ribquest from the new company,
are those two parts not contradictory?

Not trying to criticize Ribquest as have no experience of them - just questioning some of the logic.
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Old 22 May 2009, 02:17   #24
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Ribquest where quite a well established firm in rib building but then its parent firm Sunquest closed it down. After that some one set it up once more after buying all the mounds and other assets. And was set up once more.

Hence the fact that some one could buy a proven hull and also buy from “the new company” as apposed to “a new company”
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Don't know what all the fuss is about Top Gear did it in a Toyot Hilux
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Old 22 May 2009, 11:45   #26
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Old 22 May 2009, 11:59   #27
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not sure I understand that - there is no reason why an imported rib or a mass produced rib should be more likely to "compress your spine" than a low volume UK built boat -simply because of country of origin or production method.
are those two parts not contradictory?

Not trying to criticize Ribquest as have no experience of them - just questioning some of the logic.


its not country of origin or production method (well apart from they are mass produced so im guessing they dont take there time with the lay up etc) its simply the fact that most of these imported boats have a more of a flat bottom or shallower Vee hence the reason why they slam and give a poor ride, as for the uk manufacturers that i mentioned have a deeper vee. My ribquest 6.3 has a 24degree dead rise and i believe the bigger boats are also the same, this gives a nice comfortable ride with no slamming what so ever.
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its not country of origin or production method (well apart from they are mass produced so im guessing they dont take there time with the lay up etc)
Like Avon, Zodiac, Valliant or Narwall perhaps

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