Alloy trilhulls - Air riders or Mirage - any input would be appreciated

Hi All,

I've an old man who doesn't handle the rolling effect at rest very well. He is fine while the boat is moving, but being tossed around while fishing is not his cup of tea.

I spent a fair bit of time researching into hull types that would provide the best stability at rest; and almost came to the conclusion that a trihull would be the most suitable for a 7.5m boat (please correct me if I'm wrong, I dont know much by all means). other option was to get a gyroscope fitted in but that would take too much space, need a dedicated generator, and no way I would pay 26k for an up to 5 ton gyro.  I looked into CATs at this size boats and it looks like in order to get big difference in stability at rest then you may consider having a beam wider than 2.7m! Again that what I have been told by multiple people, and through researching online.

I'd appreciate any input from trihull owners or anyone who can help me making my decision. I'm looking into the "Air Rider" by GMD and "Mirage" built by preston marine. If you own either designs I'd love to hear from you. Dad still has 3 years to retire, so I still have plenty of time to decide.

Thanks alot in advance.

 

Youssef

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air rider

Mon, 2017-10-16 19:44

hey mate, my mate has 7.8 air rider an it is a really nice boat. look up on utube air rider. joint venture that light blue one tell me what other ally boat can 30kn in the rough like that ......

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 That’s the one in the bottom

Mon, 2017-10-16 20:49

 That’s the one in the bottom picture. Impressive rig. The builder did that one as his own personal rig.

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Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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Thanks yea I watched all the air rider vids on youtube

Tue, 2017-10-17 00:37

I could see how capable it was in such rough water. The real deal is, how stable it is at rest? Thanks

 

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 Like standing on a jetty.

Tue, 2017-10-17 06:47

 Like standing on a jetty.

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Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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Awesome!

Tue, 2017-10-17 14:22

Awesome! thanks

 

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 An equivalent size stabi

Tue, 2017-10-17 19:01

 An equivalent size stabi craft would blow it out of the Water JMO 

Cheers

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Thanks Ozzy

Wed, 2017-10-18 21:39

Yes someone told me that about stabicraft and all the equivalent! a bit pricey though

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RIBs

Tue, 2017-10-17 06:09

Take a look at Rigid inflatables, they gives the great ride you are looking for and the stability at rest.
Have had experience in driving 10 metre Naiads and a 10 metre Air Rider and the Naiad wins hands down

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RIBs are too wide

Tue, 2017-10-17 14:25

Hi Carnarvonite, I totally agree with you when it comes to RIBs, but they are too wide! not really to be trailered around. The max beam width I can go for is 2.7m as for anything wider, I'd lose the ability to trailer at night, peak hours and public holidays! 

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Tri hull

Tue, 2017-10-17 18:23

 hey Youssef, I have a glass tri hull (ocean whaler) and love it, very stable platform. If I were to pick fault with it they would be that it is a little harsh on the ride punching into a short chop and it tends to funnel dirty water down the tunnels and sounder reception is poor at speed. 

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mark. 

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Thanks Mark

Wed, 2017-10-18 21:42

Thanks for the info, read too many bad reports about how harsh trihulls are when its punching through the waves. Stability is key too, so thanks for confirming that.

Cheers,

Youssef

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 S3nd Bryce day on here a

Tue, 2017-10-17 19:21

 S3nd Bryce day on here a message he has a 8m air rider. 

I'm sure he'll  be happy to answer any questions you have.

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Thanks for that Mitch

Wed, 2017-10-18 21:46

Is his user name here "Bryce day"? I'm yet to know how to navigate this forum. I will definitley send him a message.

 

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 Yes mate search function on

Thu, 2017-10-19 12:20

 Yes mate search function on left if screen <<<

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Thanks Mitch I found it

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:20

sent him a message

 

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Just wondering, why does it have to be 7.5m?

Wed, 2017-10-25 11:55

 You wont believe the amount of room in multihulls. Mine is only a 5m alloy Cat and ( considering its only a small boat) you could play tennis in the cockpit. I aint no expert, but theres always a sacrifice when you are trying for the compromise of soft ride and stability.

Unless you get a 10m + displacement hull!

My cat rides beautifully, is amazingly stable as a fishing platform, but its a mongrel at trolling speed into a chop- with the hull slap. Drives me barmy

Cant have it all I guess.

 

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Many fishing addicts in my family

Sun, 2017-10-29 09:21

Hi Lance,

a oat bigger than 7m or so is a must as I have plenty of fishing addicted dudes in my family! No matter what time you call for a session out fishing and you'll have a few people interested.