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Old 20 May 2004, 14:07   #11
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solent ribs, porter ribs, tohatsu, and the guys in the channel islands all build boats to fit your budget, rib x 640 is quite good did a level 2 course for Colin Baldwin a month or so ago very roomy stable check them all out, their are alot to choose from and every owner is biased to their own boat as i am towards Solent ribs but great choice for that kind of budget good luck
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Old 21 May 2004, 11:24   #12
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rib x 640

Been offered a rib x 640, seems good in principle for cruising. Would it hold its value given it is S. African? Any other comments / criticisms?
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This is the same as the Falcon 640 but rebadged for the UK (I think). There are a couple of Falcon owners on this forum who both seem to be very happy with their craft. RIB International magazine has a review of this boat (& its big sister) and seemed to like it, saying "A very likeable RIB indeed, both capable and seaworthy, one whose predictable handling characteristics would be highly suited to the first time RIB owner".
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You wont be sorry, great Ribs.
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Old 21 May 2004, 15:18   #15
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Been offered a rib x 640... would it hold its value given it is S. African?
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Old 21 May 2004, 15:23   #16
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Sorry!

Oh, dear. Have I started something here?

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Let me qualify that provocative post.

1. The tubes are made from some funny plastic (PVC?) material. Don't even contemplate all the discussion about PVC v PU v Hypalon. There's only one material to make tubes from, and that's Hypalon. Loads of people know how to mend it, it lasts ages, and it's really really strong stuff.
2. RIB International used to be famous for never criticising any RIB, but Hugo Montgomery-Swann has broken out of his mould this month, and guess what is the first RIB he's criticised? A Falcon/RIB-X (same RIB)! He thought the 640 was OK but the 700 was slated for being very poorly set up. Given that the importers were submitting their product for test by one of the most experience RIB users (whatever anyone thinks about Hugo he jolly well knows how to drive a RIB) in the UK, you would have thought that they would have been ultra careful preparing the boat for test - so how careless are they going to be about rigging a boat for Joe Public?

No, you haven't started anything Bruce, but if Chris is happy with his RIB that's great. In fact I do hope that he gets many hours of enjojment from it. But if you push your RIB hard in offshore conditions that are less than ideal, you'll find that shiny showroom RIBs aren't quite what the salesman promised they would be.
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Thats not nice Richard
i spent two day's teaching on the 640 and i think it's a good boat apart from the no feed back steering handled the Solent chop well dry boat, corners well in a hard spin manouveres well at load speed , storage space is good as well
and to cap it all i am an agent for Solent ribs ( and i love these ) but nothing fell off it did all that Colin said it would so shame on for dissing a boat if i beleaved in the rep thing you would have to have a red blob ( oops i can feel one coming my way)
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Well im not sure how you can say that about the tubes. Valiant make thousands of ribs with PVC tubes, mine stood up very well, no fading of colour or any sign of leaks after 4 years. The navy are using PU tubes for a lot of their ribs instead of hypalon.

Given the choice i would go for Hypalon because it is more hardwearing than PVC and nothing like as expensive to repair as PU but by no means is PVC a "funny plastic".
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Old 21 May 2004, 15:39   #20
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Oh, dear. Have I started something here?

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Looks like it....and its about to get very tedious.
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