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Old 12 August 2018, 10:12   #1
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Windy boats.

The Mrs is tying very hard to pursuade me to sell my 8.1m Scorpion. I have not given in yet, but it will happen at sometime. She wants a hard boat and sleep space and we havenít got bundles of money to invest. Love the ride of my boat, wouldnít want to go back to a silly American built bruise maker. The only decent hard boats in the 7.5-9m category that arenít to large I can think of are old windys. Like 8000, 8800 or even a mirage 25.

Has anyone ever been on one, I know they have a good reputation, but Iíd love to know if anyoneís had first hand experience.

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Old 12 August 2018, 11:06   #2
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Not a relevant response but you hear so many boat owners go from a rib to a hard boat, then realise their mistake and go back to a rib...................just saying lol
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Old 12 August 2018, 12:02   #3
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Not a relevant response but you hear so many boat owners go from a rib to a hard boat, then realise their mistake and go back to a rib...................just saying lol


Iím not sure Iíd say ďso manyĒ but it would certainly be worth taking her on a few test drives of other hulls so she can knows what she is getting into?

Is your budget for new? Might be worth talking to Andre? He has cabin boats that share the same running surface with his well regarded ribs.
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Old 12 August 2018, 12:33   #4
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I wouldnt get too fixated on out and out seakeeping if your going for a cruiser . Unless you buy a cabin rib then its likely to be a totally different animal to what your used to and you'll likely adjust your boating style to suit. Its just not comfortable or practical to try and drive a cruiser like a rib in the conditions you'd go out in a rib. We have a 7.4m delta and a 38ft regal hard boat having moved up from cuddy cabins through trailerable cruisers to the current boat.
If we're going out for a daytime jolly then take the rib and dont worry too much about the weather.
The cruiser though we always look for nice days and if we're away on holiday and the weather isnt good we stay in and find something to do at the place we're visiting. Going out on a rough day in a cruiser just ends up being uncomfortable or taking ages cos you have to drop to displacement speed.
We've done the lets go out anyway attitude and it usually ends with all your gear spread over the cabin floor and often something broken.
Cruisers open up your boating as you can stay away for extended periods but as for the ability to go out in most weathers then I dont think a cruiser is the thing unless its a cabin rib then you have the best of both worlds
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Old 12 August 2018, 15:15   #5
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Well she wants the cruiser lifestyle. I want to keep a hull I trust. I never really shy away too much from the weather or wind (within limits) but my first boat was a regal and even red jet wash had me right off the throttles.

I think she might not realise how good the scorpion is. She never been in another boat. It might be getting old now but the proof is in the ride and +60mph fun

Unfortunately my budget is £18k-25 ish, not new and preferably just trailerable. Hence my initial look at windy 8000-8800.

I think I need to take her out in a Bayliner ����
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Old 12 August 2018, 17:14   #6
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It'll be a hard act to follow with a cruiser and 60mph will be a thing of the past more likely 30mph
Definately need to try before you commit
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Going to be old, yet quite cool.

https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/...dy-8800/220194
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That was one that caught my eye. Apparently a good sea boat according to press but never spoke to anyone who been in one whom is trust
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Thereís lots of forums that rate them. Just go try one! They look a great layout with high sides.
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