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Old 07 July 2011, 19:44   #1
Country: Sweden
Town: Gothenburg
Boat name: No name
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: E-Tec
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1
Best 6.5m hull?


We are having a tough discussion here - wich is the best hull based on the following:
1. Length appr. 6.5-7m
2. Great handling in rough sea...
3. ... AND fast

I really like Ribcraft 6.8 in rough sea, but its slow and quite boring in flat water. So wich hull would you choose for both having fun on flat water and heavy sea?

// Calle
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Old 07 July 2011, 19:52   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: SMH Rib / War Shot
Make: Ribtec / Scorpion
Length: 4m +
Engine: 100hp Yam/150hp opt
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,069
My old Scorpion.
Would be hilarious with a 200.

However less than 20 made and the new 6.5m hull is different.
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Old 07 July 2011, 20:53   #3
Country: UK - England
Town: Gloucestershire
Boat name: Osprey
Make: Osprey Vipermax
Length: 5m +
Engine: E-tec 300 G2
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 4,020
Not the easiest one to answer. A good hull in heavy seas is going to benefit from having a deeper V and being strongly constructed (so probably heavier). This does not then make for the fastest hull in calm waters.


Osprey Vipermax Hulls IMO do offer the best of both worlds. The planing pad at the back means they do have a good turn of speed and get on the plane quickly (mine used to plane at just over 9 Knots. Then the nice deep V hull that extend forwards from the planing pad means that they are great in the rough too !

So a 6.5 meter vipermax will knock on the door of 50knots when paired with a 200HP engine but will also head out into a force 6 in the Bristol channel and leave you feeling very confident...

The Osprey Hull has racing pedigree and that becomes very apparent when you give it some grief..
Chris Stevens

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Old 07 July 2011, 22:53   #4
Country: UK - England
Town: Surrey
Boat name: Fugly & Rokraider 1
Make: Pac 22 & Porter 6.5
Length: 6m +
Engine: Ford 250 & jet,DT140
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 681
I am very pleased with my late 90's Porter Renegade with a Suzuki 140 2 stroke, very beamy, solid and comfortable. I believe it is based on the old BWM Deep Sea 21 mould which I also have and am currently rebuilding.
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