RYDS 600AC Boat Report

Specification:

Ryds 600AC 1998 model
Swedish Manufacture
LENGTH 5.95m (19' 5")
BEAM 2.4m (7' 9")
WEIGHT 850kg
CABIN HEADROOM 1.85m
CABIN WIDTH 2.05m
FREEBOARD 0.8m
Recommended Max Motor Size 120HP
Capacity 7 Persons
Max speed with 2 persons and 120hp motor 34 knots

Report by Pete

Introduced model in 1993 and Discontinued model in 2003

Small design changes over the 10-year period; most striking is conversion of dual side windows into larger single unit.

Reflections 2 History

The previous owner purchased Reflections from a couple that used to use the boat solely on the River Thames for river cruising.
At that time it was fitted with a 15hp outboard, which was perfect for their slow meanderings up and down river. It was also fitted with some additional moulded fenders to protect the transom and bow.
As the previous owner wanted to do some inshore fishing out of Poole he made a few significant modifications to the boat and renamed her REFLECTIONS 2.
The modifications included:
Fitting the 115 hp motor,
Fitting a remote control spotlight and a manual spotlight to the cabin roof.
Fitting Hydraulic Trim Tabs and steering
Fitting an Eberspacher D2 diesel heating system
Increasing the number of windscreen wipers from 1 to 4
Removing the bow fender.
Fitting Lowrance 3300C GPS
Fitting a Lowrance x65 fish finder
Fitting an eagle fish finder
Fitting a hummingbird VHS.
Fitting a fire extinguisher.

I have since carried out the fitting of an Origo 2000 stove underneath the drivers seat to compliment the stainless steel sink underneath the navigators seat.
I have also replaced some of the electronics e.g. the vhf is now an mmsi Silva S10 whilst the Hummingbird is kept as a spare.
I have added a bow roller to compliment the ANKA YANKA and tri ring anchoring system.

Anyway to get back to the plot the motor upgrade and the inclusion of hydraulic trim-tabs and steering have transformed the boat from a comfy river cruiser into a fun hi speed sea boat.
Max speed I have obtained with 3 aboard is 27knots as measured on the gps but I generally cruise at 4000 rpm and around 16-18 knots depending on conditions.

The boat is very quickly onto the plane due to the mid to rear weight bias and will plane at about 9 knots.
The trim tabs are absolutely essential for controlling the bow, as she tends to lift it very high obscuring the helmsman's view when seated.
The boat is fitted with an under floor 136 litre stainless steel fuel tank and fuel consumption tends to be in the 40 to 50 litre usage on a typical fishing trip to the wrecks around 16 miles offshore.

The boat is surprisingly forgiving in a lumpy sea providing she is kept away from parallel seas where she tends to tilt into the wave and plane using her chine and trim tab as a form of keel the only way to get control back is to throttle down and steer away from it. Increasing the throttle tends to increase the angle of lean.

Generally a blast to the fishing grounds or back in involves us seated comfortably in the cabin (room for 6) with both sliding doors closed, the self draining cockpit bung removed, windscreen wipers on, heater blasting away if required and the boat wave hopping between crests. It's a really wonderful experience.

In calm conditions the boat can be trimmed almost level and the sound of water slicing underneath is fabulous.

In the rough not that I venture out in rough conditions but where there is a large wash to cross or confused seas like over falls to cross she is confidence inspiring because although she could ship some water over the bow you know its not going to reach you in the cabin and that the flooded foredeck will soon empty via the self drainer.
The self-drainer is positioned close to the water line and does let water in to the foredeck when stationary, as the waves are generally higher than the foredeck floor level.
This is simply overcome by bunging the hole with a wooden bung whilst fishing.

When anchored or drifting the boat feels very safe due to the low deck, high gunnels and high handrails all round, I have mastered single handed handling of the boat by having mid cleats fitted which means I have easy control when coming into the pontoon berth and it is a simple matter of leaving the driving seat stepping out of the cabin and looping a mid cleat rope around a strategically placed bollard.
There is massive storage space under the berths in the cabin and also 3 lockable lockers.
Outside in the foredeck the anchor locker is voluminous as it also expands into the U shaped area of moulded seating.
The boat is fitted with twin batteries and changeover switch and internal light, instrument console and horn.
I am hoping to fit solar powered ventilators to replace the normal mushroom type as since having the berth upholstery renewed I would like to improve the ventilation over the winter months.

I am still very happy with the boat over my 2 years of ownership.
Despite annual servicing I have had cooling issues with the engine due to corroded waterways and have had a trim tab break off due to insufficient zinc left on anodes none of these are design flaws with the boat itself, which is probably the most practical small boat design available.
I keep the boat moored in a marina and have a lift out, service and anti foul every winter.

I can't say I dislike anything about the boat: - if I were to be picky I would like a little more room behind the cabin as although there is standing room for 2 there isn't enough space for seats and the super self draining lockers that are fitted require access by walking through the cabin or walking along the gunnels which although fitted with anti slip treads is not recommended with a fish in the hand.


1993 Brochure


1996 Brochure


2001 Brochure


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