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Old 19 August 2008, 08:33   #1
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Hi i'm a marine scientist in the Isle of Man and need a boat to use for photo-identification and behavioural studies of dolphins and basking sharks. I'm currently using a chartered targa 31 (ex police hard boat) which is both too big an too expensive.

Ideally i'd like to get a RIB of around 7m, so i could combine my research with taking small groups out on guided wildlife trips. I would be taking up to 5 people out plus myself. I want to spend around 25k so am probably looking at second hand. I want something with plenty of beam, and high/wide tubes as people tend to get a bit excited when they see basking sharks etc. It would not need to be MCA coded as the Manx laws are different.

I quite like the look of the ribeye 650 with yamaha 150 four stroke, and notice that a few charter groups run them in the Solent. But i do wonder about the safety of putting people in the bench seat at the stern. Do people experience problems with this? There's also an awesome Osprey vipermax for sale on here with a 250 E tec and six jockey seats, but thats probably my heart ruling my head!

Any advice/recommendations gratefully received, Thanks.
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Old 19 August 2008, 09:38   #2
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Yes I'm pleased to confirm that the Ribeye 650 is an excellent choice and would be a perfectly suitable boat for your purposes. Extremely tough and the bench seat is quite safe so no problems there at all. Well done.
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Old 19 August 2008, 14:19   #4
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Ideally i'd like to get a RIB of around 7m, so i could combine my research with taking small groups out on guided wildlife trips. I would be taking up to 5 people out plus myself. I want to spend around 25k so am probably looking at second hand. I want something with plenty of beam, and high/wide tubes as people tend to get a bit excited when they see basking sharks etc. It would not need to be MCA coded as the Manx laws are different.
I have sent you a PM. We have a 7 metre Ribcraft available - the Defender of the seas! And it's below your budget!
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Old 19 August 2008, 17:18   #5
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RIBcraft, excellent RIBs

Just an Idea but might be useful to have a forward seating arrangement for the passengers and a rear helm. That way you can see all the passengers all the time. If the seating could be made removable you would also have room for your equipement too.
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Old 20 August 2008, 08:18   #6
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that Targa still belong to Robin then ??
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Old 20 August 2008, 09:34   #7
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It sure does, but it's not quite the right thing for what i want to do. It's a lovely boat, but i think it's for sale at the moment. He's a great bloke, how do you know him?

Thanks to everyone who has pm'd me with boat details fo sale, but i'm in bed recovering from heart surgery, so it will be a few months before i'm in a position to buy! All the recommendations and advice are really helpful though, so thanks a lot!
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Old 20 August 2008, 09:54   #8
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I did his commercial skipper exams for him, and later a few more from the IOM. Really nice guy-& nice boat, with a perpetual boiling kettle if Robin is on board, but tooooo expensive for me! You will know Galps as well then?
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yep i know Galps, he's just brought a huge Rodman, just to chase Dolphins in!
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ribcraft all the way, forget the steak!!
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