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Old 22 November 2009, 03:43   #1
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Anyone know much about these? good, bad or ugly??? Are they any good in big seas?
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Old 22 November 2009, 03:52   #2
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Typing 'Leeway' into the search should give you all the info you need. They've been discussed at length a few times.

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It makes for some entertaining reading so i'll save you some time:
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=Leeway
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=leeway
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=leeway
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Anyone know much about these? good, bad or ugly??? Are they any good in big seas?
TD - you've been around here long enough that you can't have missed these discussions:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=21467
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=909
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=14526
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=14248
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13974
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=11689



Perhaps a PM discussion with Doug (Stormforce) might get you a more honest opinion without the politics - as I think Doug has owned one (or still does?) and is likely to have used it in a range of conditions and have experience of other boats to compare it to.
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Old 22 November 2009, 05:58   #4
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Perhaps a PM discussion with Doug (Stormforce) might get you a more honest opinion without the politics - as I think Doug has owned one (or still does?) and is likely to have used it in a range of conditions and have experience of other boats to compare it to.
Very good advice!
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Had one for three years from new, sold it cheap on here at the beginning of this summer in order to move it on.

Takes a bit more driving skill than many other boats in rough weather as it has a fairly low bow. NO problem however once you adapt

Size wise a leeway 6.3 is smaller than other 6.3s but price makes up for this.

They are very light boats which means you can run with a fairly small and economical engine. We had a 2s 90HP on a 6.3 which was plenty for what we did (4 crew on board).

Fuel tank was I thought a bit small (68litres), (particularly if you went for something bigger like a 115hp) and there was no easy fix to this due to lack of available space.

Seats were a bit smaller than most people would like but I guess they had to fit into the boat.

The GRP work was good; unfortunately the same level of workmanship was not continued throughout our boat.

On the plus side, you get a lot of boat for your money, on the flip side you get what you pay for and that does not include any after sales service, something I mistakenly did not recognise the value of. I will not be returning to this brand.
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Old 22 November 2009, 11:56   #6
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My much better half really enjoyed doing her PB2 with you,one thing she did say (and she knows nothing aboout ribs etc) its quick and easy to handle but a tad slappy, is it supposed to be like that?? though it was hilarious

i have also heard that he is also very helpfull and competitive on pricing e;g up for doing a deal.

what ribs are you running Doug?
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Having been to the rescue of a floundering Leeway which the tubes had nearly complete come off in I wouldn't buy one. They are very small RIBs.
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They are very small RIBs.
Tim - can you help me understand that comment. Firstly surely they come in all sort of sizes including 8m+ can that be "very small" - do you mean narrow beam? Secondly since their hull form is alleged to be very similar to a number of other brands - how can it be any smaller than those?
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If you don't follow go and have a look at one; as Doug said, everything feels very small. Small console, very narrow beam, small tubes. His 6.3 looked smaller than my Ribtec 585 (although I'm sure that, yes, it was in fact longer)

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Don't ask me, I'm neither a magician or a boat builder!
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what ribs are you running Doug?
  • Valiant 750 (actually near enough 8m)
  • Ribeye 785


A strong contendor for the next one is XS as I have nothing but good things to say about the old Tornados and Barnett Marine (effectivly same people as XS now).
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Old 02 December 2009, 06:47   #11
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Hi TurboDiesel,

In answer to some of the pionts brought forward in this discution.

Doug at stormforce did have our mk1 6.3m and due to this it has a lower bow and freeboard along with other changes made including console and other cosmetics. The mk2 has now been in production and proven to be more in line with customers requirements and improved conciderly.

In relation to the tubes, all tubes are made and fitted by a well known company and come with full warrenty.
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Which well known company?

we use TIDEL (paul tilley) and henshaw inflatable depends on order who can fit us in first... both very good and well known for this.

It is a very important and expensive part of the craft so needs to be done right and come with full warranty.
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we use TIDEL (paul tilley) and henshaw inflatable depends on order who can fit us in first... both very good and well known for this.

It is a very important and expensive part of the craft so needs to be done right and come with full warranty.
Its a selling point if the above are doing the work.
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How many Leeway Ribs have been manufactured now?
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Hi Downhilldai,

i think its around 56 ish now. We have a company in Canada showing great interest in building leeway ribs under licence so maybe many more will be hitting the world wide market soon.
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we use TIDEL (paul tilley) and henshaw inflatable depends on order who can fit us in first... both very good and well known for this.

It is a very important and expensive part of the craft so needs to be done right and come with full warranty.
My understanding is that you buy the tubes in and fit them your self

(not trying to pull you apart just trying to point out the facts)
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Hi Downhilldai,

i think its around 56 ish now. We have a company in Canada showing great interest in building leeway ribs under licence so maybe many more will be hitting the world wide market soon.
why would they build them under license,you dont.any luck in selling your 30ft scarab you have used as a splash
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what the one on boats and outboards, (28) ft?
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