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Old 21 May 2013, 02:43   #1
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Rough sea rib

Looking for a new project, searider 6mtr, but thinking about it whats the best of the best rough sea rib in the 6-6.5 mtr range, and what gale force could it go out in, these results might change my direction in which rib i choose to build, oh and cant afford 100k rib, just in case this thread goes that way, cheers in advance

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Old 21 May 2013, 02:55   #2
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There is no one answer to this question. Most ribs will survive weather you will not (or not want to). F6 in the solent is rather different from F6 in the middle of the north sea. Generally speaking bigger is better for rough water.
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Old 21 May 2013, 03:08   #3
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I would be more concerned with wave height and wavelength, than wind force in a rib (although wind strength and direction have a direct bearing on the waves, and people generally talk about wind strength not wave height).
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Old 21 May 2013, 05:40   #4
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I agree with Chris. Wave height can be massive out at sea but feels great as there is little chop as the length of the wave is massive. It's the 2 - 3 m waves that are piling up wind against tide that slow you down to a relentless crawl and can batter you senseless.
Most big ribs are able to take the weather but the fixtures and fittings, engine, fuel supply integrity are the things that limit the boat for most outings rather than the hull. 6m sea riders are tough as are pac22 and many others and you would be able to outfit them to a tough standard but remember no boat is unsinkable once the brown sticky stuff hits the fan!
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Old 21 May 2013, 12:01   #5
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Loads of thoughts on requirements, but I'd still take an Atlantic 21 or pac out in most weathers, wavers etc

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Old 21 May 2013, 13:08   #6
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Delta ribs are also really efficient in rough seas. i would say choose a strong rib, one not made for speed but more for sea works etc ... DELTA, XS RIBS, Humber, Madera opinion course
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Old 21 May 2013, 13:18   #7
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Old 22 May 2013, 18:32   #8
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I like the Atlantics quite a but I find Pacs quite slammy/porpoisy in the rough. But you jave to go a long way to find a better rough sea hull than a Delta or an Avon maybe as far as Liverpool for an MST but I don't think they are on the preloved market yet
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Old 22 May 2013, 21:42   #9
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Those Madera ribs do look the business, but seem quite heavy - was looking at the advert for Bear Grylls old one, the 10.5 - reckons 5500kg - that's quite a hefty rig. Apart from being seriously pricey -

What's the score with them - how good compared with Avon/PACs etc?

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