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Old 29 November 2011, 11:53   #1
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Delta Dash 5.5 versus SR 5.4 in the rough ?

Both RIB's has a legendary reputation but who is the winner in the rough stuff?
Maybe not a fair comparison, no idea, as only having experience of a SR, but lengthwise not that big difference?





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....no idea whatsoever

But such an exciting topic means that I'm going to guess!

I think the Delta will be wetter and slower, right up to the point where the Searider buries itself in the back of a wave...



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Am i right in assuming that the lack of a raised bow is a hinderance to the SR vs the delta?
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Both RIB's has a legendary reputation but who is the winner in the rough stuff?
Maybe not a fair comparison, no idea, as only having experience of a SR, but lengthwise not that big difference?





Hope I did not started something than can not be finished....
I know my old Ribcraft 545m would leave the SR A distant memory in the rough!Things move on.Can't comment on the Delta.
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I know my old Ribcraft 545m would leave the SR A distant memory in the rough!.

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I think the Delta will be wetter and slower, right up to the point where the Searider buries itself in the back of a wave...
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Old 29 November 2011, 13:58   #8
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Good activity score so far Hm...Dash seams to have the lead for now. Waiting for Rogue to strike back!
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My old dive club had an SR 5.4. I sometimes wonder that when in the rough I'd have been drier if I'd jumped out of the boat into the Firth Of Clyde.

Good fun though.
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What a question, some loyal followers of each. Never been in a dash but agree the bow is too low on the SR in a following sea.
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Driven both lots but the Delta don't have a patch on the SR!

You sit on a Delta but the SR you sit in it. This means the Delta has a more substantial feeling to it over an SR which I like when its gets rough.

Mind you that's just my opinion.

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Driven both lots but the Delta don't have a patch on the SR!

You sit on a Delta but the SR you sit in it. This means the Delta has a more substantial feeling to it over an SR which I like when its gets rough.


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Driven both lots but the Delta don't have a patch on the SR!

You sit on a Delta but the SR you sit in it. This means the Delta has a more substantial feeling to it over an SR which I like when its gets rough.

Mind you that's just my opinion.

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D'oh........should read "Driven both lots but the SR don't have a patch on the Delta!

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I've driven both and in my opinion the delta wins over a sr. just seemed a more stable boat in the rought stuff. still a wet ride :-)

And If i were offered the two now for free it would be a Delta 5-5 or bigger.

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i have owned both. delta is faster, more room, and better in a big sea, sorry mr rouge wave but you know its true
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Not sure how it is faster, yet has more room (therefore infering it is bigger and subsequently heavier, unless a thinner lay up, which would men less strength) and better in a big sea (intimates a deeper V and higher bow (weight)and therefore slower on the flat)

Can't be all of them can it? Great boat if it is.
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"Faster" in the rough perhaps?
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i used both ribs for diving and the delta was the faster of the 2 ribs and alot faster to get up on the plane the sea rider had a 115 straight six merc on it,
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driven both...owned a 5-5 dash...probably the best nose to sea rib ive ever driven.. just brilliant....down wind/sea probably the wettest ive driven..

the delta i had with 2x 65's on was a great little boat .had some real family fun in it but at full throttle across any chop she would chin walk really badly.

loved the seating and throttle set up - she had the extended arm for the throttles..lovely position to drive the rib.

one big thing i didnt like and was a big deciding factor in the deltas replacement was on the delta there was no drain sump for any deck water so when off picnicing the back of the boat was useless for storage of anything that was meant to be dry.

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Thanks for interesting comments. Consensus seams to be that 5.5 i better in the rough, more wet but speed wise mixed reviews in comparison to the SR.

I tried to purchase 2 deltas without success, ended up with the SR that i am pretty happy with. Except for a few almost stuffs in following seas, don feel its annoyingly wet during way. In short chop, nose to sea and light load not the softest ride but its not that big boat either.

Deck though get very easily wet so a engine well would not be a bad thing to have.Just found pictures of one with a raised transom, have been thinking about that too.
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