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Revenger 29 Inboard
Review by Kevin Goulding

Revenger
Revenger Ribs have established a good reputation for quality build and value for money. This model, a Revenger 29 fitted out with the very latest Yamaha Hydra Drive, ME 422 HO (275hp) diesel inboard proved the point. Sleek, luxurious and comfortable together with a performance which confirmed its race bred pedigree.

Finished in duo toned tubes, a bright white topside with a deep blue bottomside, trimed with real hand laid teak decking complete with engraved Revenger logo on the bathing platform (a nice little touch) makes this 29ft (8.75m) boat look a real stunner.

Configured for seating 7 people and more than enough locker space for an exciting sports day out with ski, wakeboard, paraglider, tubes and Granny in the rear. The performance was well appreciated. A silky smooth gear change courtesy of the renown Yamaha Hydra Drive and with three up 45kts plus was very quickly reached, with the latest High Output Yamaha. Superb grip in tight turns and precise steering control thro" the fitted high quality hydraulic steering system instilled instant confidence in the craft and it wasn"t long at all before I was thoroughly having great fun in piloting this rig.

Creature comforts are provided by seating for two in front of the centre console, console bench seat for driver and navigator and a rear bench seat for three more crew. A sun lounger on the engine cover provides leisure space when hoveto! The centre console is of a low profile design which keeps pilot and navigator snuggly close to the deck. From time to time I find that I need to stand in order to read the waves and to take some of the shock loading through my knees when taking big seas. While the seating and console were very comfortable, the provision for the pilot seat to be pivoted to permit standing was a very commendable feature.

Storage
Storage was provided in five separate compartments. A bow locker complete with hatch cover; underdeck storage again with substantial hatch cover and forward console locker underneath the two forward seats; an underseat locker beneath the navigator, and a huge locker full width under the rear bench seat.The clean and well laid out engine compartment would also allow for more storage on the starboard quarter.

It should be mentioned here that the compact Yamaha inboard installation not only permits for more space in the engine compartment but Yamaha"s latest approach to installation has resulted in the saving of at least a day on fitting their latest units. These savings are passed directly onto the customer, bravo Revenger and Yamaha.

Tubes
Tube sets from Revenger are hypalon and the design utilises taper tubes, starting from 18" (0.5m) diameter at the stern, parallel until the console and then tapered to 12" (0.30m) at the bow. Seven chambers each with its own inflation valve and also with their own pressure relief valves. It"s amazing how both the colour of the tubes, ambient temp. morning, day and evening can affect the internal pressure of the tube-set. The use of pressure relief valves reduces overstretching of the tubes, gives longer life and keeps them looking smart.

One to Buy
This is certainly one RIB to have on your shopping list especially if you are looking for a refined quality sportsboat with a race bred pedigree. The new Yamaha series diesel inboard fitted to this demo model with its higher output compliments this Revenger very well and puts it in a class of its own.

October 2005

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