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Old 03 January 2012, 12:10   #11
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Hi Paddy - pretty much like Chewy says.

I've looked at the costs of getting a boat back from the UK and it's fairly eye-watering, unless you have an empty artic coming back anyway. The motivation being the brutal cost of boats here.

The Redbay 6.1 and 6.5 are both stunning RIBS. The 6.1 gives good performance with smaller engines, the 6.5 is usefully larger and needs about 150hp+ to get the best from them. They're not cheap, but they're handbuilt in Ireland for our conditions.

There are lots of other boats/makes about that would suit. If you plan to get the most out of them, I'd suggest a non-leisure style, so deep V and no bucket seats. Our waters are rarely calm so top speed is not as important as the ability to deal with a chop or swell and maintain a good cruising speed in comfort.

Avoid Irish manufacturer's with an "N" in their name
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Old 03 January 2012, 12:51   #12
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New Years resolution to be a little more serious eh!?
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Old 04 January 2012, 11:28   #13
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Paddy what part of ireland are you in any where near mayo?
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Hi paddy have you looked at Ribquest in Derbyshire? Cheers
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Paddy what part of ireland are you in any where near mayo?
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I am in Dublin but willing to travel if suitable RIB comes up

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Hi paddy have you looked at Ribquest in Derbyshire? Cheers
No, but will start now!

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Hi WillK,
Have you a view on a Valiant 620, saw one recently that looks very neat, it has an 'N' in its name!? Thanks PaddyL
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Old 22 January 2012, 09:01   #19
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Hi PaddyL

I'm about to market a 2004 Ribeye 600 with Yamaha 115HP 4 stroke + SBS trailer. Priced 10,750 with a little movement or Ribnet members. If it of interest PM for more details or have a look in the "Ribs for sale" section later today

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Have you a view on a Valiant 620, saw one recently that looks very neat, it has an 'N' in its name!? Thanks PaddyL
There may be some delay in getting a response from Willk...

...I think he was mostly referring to boats built in Ireland which contain an N in the name. Valiant is well enough known throughout the UK and beyond that you should be able to get a reasonable response from the rest of the forum.

I suspect when you distill any feedack you get it will come out to be something like this:

- Valiant are a big manufacturer making lots of boats so they must be doing something right. They operate a dealer system - there are pro's and con's to that - it probably matters less for 2nd hand.
- They are generally targeted towards the lower budget end of the market and so some people here will (unfairly?) compare them to much more expensive boats and tell you they are not as good.
- Generally fit out is OK but not outstanding. Some of it may be done by the end dealer in which case could be subject to variability. With second hand boats you always need to be aware the dodgy DIYer anyway. Even some of the best respected names in the industry put our "friday afternoon" boats - so what matters is how your boat is finished not how the others are.
- The tubes are made from Polyurethane not Hypalon (PU is not to be confused with PVC). >95% of people on here will tell you Hypalon is the way to go and is much better; most of them have no real experience of PU. The marketing material for PU says it is better in many ways. The handbuilt tube makers prefer hypalon. The machine built tube makers prefer PU (because in can be welded rather than glued). If the tubes are in great condition hold air well etc then it certainly wouldn't put me off. If the tubes are getting tired or have several diy patches etc then I would be budgeting for new tubes.
- When you buy a valiant usually you get a standard set up / format of seating etc. This might be more restrictive than a "typical ribnetter" would want, but it does mean it has probably been well considered and reasonably good for the intended purpose.
- Quite a lot of their boats have "bench" type seating rather than jockies. This is much less popular on ribnet. Depending on your use it may suit you. Some valiants have a standing/leaning bolster type arrangement which some users claim is even better than typical jockey seats.
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