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Old 12 April 2013, 11:08   #11
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I've yet to find a small (6m ish) hardboat that will drive in, & handle any kind of sea like a RIB does, & I've been in a few. RIBs can be cold, wet, expensive, capable, stable & more fun than you can shake a stick at. As others have said, look at your needs & wants & go from there.
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Old 12 April 2013, 12:26   #12
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Its got a big bumper around it so you can bounce around the marina causing less damage ; )
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Old 12 April 2013, 14:08   #13
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IMO Nothing on the Water affords the Flexabiliy and Ability afforded by a Well Founded and equiped RIB.
Camparativley Light, and Easy towing gives a great Range.Easy to Launch and Recover,,Stable,Shallow Draft,RELATIVELY Cheap to run..and Very Capable of Extended even long Distance Sea Cruises,even in Adverse conditions a Big Pluss for me most can be stored at Home if wished.AND as Stated they are SAFE!
RNLI AND SAFTEY-RESCUE ORGS- SPECIAL FORCES all over the world can't be wrong.
Another Pluss and a Big one THEY'RE FUN!
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Old 12 April 2013, 14:09   #14
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Oh... and its a Reason to use RIBNET
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IMO Nothing on the Water affords the Flexabiliy and Ability afforded by a Well Founded and equiped RIB.
Camparativley Light, and Easy towing gives a great Range.Easy to Launch and Recover,,Stable,Shallow Draft,RELATIVELY Cheap to run..and Very Capable of Extended even long Distance Sea Cruises,even in Adverse conditions a Big Pluss for me most can be stored at Home if wished.AND as Stated they are SAFE!
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Old 12 April 2013, 14:55   #17
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I believe that the reason a rib has better sea keeping than a similar size hard boat is that in rough seas when a wave hits the boat the full shock loading is on the hull whereas in a rib with air filled tubes the tubes deform reducing the impact force on the hull. Think air bag in a car. Solid filled tubes don't provide this ability and have to make do with the advantages of inbuilt fendering and extra buoyancy.
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Old 12 April 2013, 16:32   #19
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I grapple with this one all the time......

We're currently running an Orkney Vanguard 170, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater I think it looks pretty good with the dark blue hull etc..

We moved from a RIB to this when we had the kids.

It has a little shelter for the kids to keep warm and dry, and with young kids thats been a complete bonus. As any dad knows, warm dry happy kids = happy wife = happy dad

But... with out a shadow of a doubt, when the kids are older, can hang on and keep warm, we'll be back in a 6-7 metre RIB.

what ever you do - its about being on the water - for me anyway....
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Owning a hard boat is like having a moaning expensive unpredictable fugly misses with a fat arse, two things I used to have but didn't want anymore.

Owning a RIB is like having a sexy exciting adventurous wife with a beautiful figure, two things I do have an happy to keep giggidy, gig-gi-dy!!
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