Not quite a 8.5, but we've got a 6mtr wave rider. It's built like a tank!
Handles every thing I've thrown at her with ease. generally a very dry hull due to the reverse chines, my only grip is that she's got a relatively "low" bow compared to some of the uk designed ribs so you have to be a little more careful not to stuff the nose!
Interestingly it's got coke bottles bonded inside the hull to give extra buoyancy in case she's totally swamped,,,.
It's also got a metal keel strip to protect the hull when nosing up to beaches.
All in all very very pleased with, and part from the low bow wouldn't change a thing!
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