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Old 27 February 2012, 12:10   #11
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Material preference would be for Hypalon. Longevity and strength are two good reasons for it. PVC works pretty good these days though, especially if it is kept out of the sun, and it is more cost effective.

A nice reliable four stroke motor on the back and as suggested max HP for the boat. Think fuel economy too these days.

Space is the issue with RIB's, and all the thoughts above are important. The conditions you plan to boat in will dictate size, along with what you plan to tow with. How large of a boat are you looking for?

There are lots of good brands of boats, so my response will be what comes up and will it work for your needs. Do you like the color? <Majorly important for the ladies.

Two divers off a boat 5 miles from shore would make a PLB aka EPIRB a good idea. One for each person. Plus maybe a Nautilus Lifeline. We lost a highly experienced local diver 5 miles offshore. We will never know what happened as he was never found, just his boat. Be careful, and make sure someone knows your dive plans. Carry the proper safety gear, SMB, signal mirror, multiple flashlights, whistle, etc.
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Old 27 February 2012, 12:29   #12
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Great info. guys.....

I was thinking about a 18', for mostly local shallow lobstering and spearfishing dives.
I am thinking a boat would make easy access for dive locations that don't have practical beach entries.

So our dives would be in 30-60' depths fairly close to shore, I just want a boat to access those sites that beach entry divers can't reach.....

Can someone help me build one, or tell me what to look for that would exceed my needs?

Again, thanks for your help and patience with a newby.....
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Old 27 February 2012, 16:00   #13
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Ribcraft is almost in your backyard, Marblehead, and makes a high quality rib. I would recommend contacting them. They also broker used boats. We have been very pleased with our 21'.

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Old 27 February 2012, 17:13   #14
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I have called Ribcraft today and talked to a sales rep.

Look like great boats, but the 19' runs new between $40-75K the 21' more.

I think for my needs I would be happy with a 18-19' Zodiac which I am hoping would be a bit less expensive.

I guess the Ribcraft are the Ferrari of RIBs..... I may still go up to their plant and see them, but don't think it would be my first RIB....
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Old 27 February 2012, 18:14   #15
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New your budget is going to limit you to something around 16ft. With motor, trailer and simple electronics.

Used gives you much more flexibility, possibly up to 19ft or so but you need to be cautious not to overspend on junk.
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Old 27 February 2012, 21:06   #16
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If for no other reason than learning about them, or perhaps they have a used boat, it's worth the visit to Marblehead to see the Ribcraft facility. The more you see the easier it is to know what you like and would want to have or not want to have in a boat. The Defender sale at the end of March is another great opportunity to see a bunch of ribs.
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Old 28 February 2012, 03:08   #17
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For diving, look for a boat with lots of deck space. My 18' RIB is fairly beamy (makes a barely-legal tow, except for my trailer guide-posts, which put it over - don't tell anybody), and has the console pushed back such that the pilots seat is against the transom. Frees up a lot of space forward for stowing gear, gearing up, etc.
Interesting. In the UK most dive RIBs that I have seen and been on have the opposite approach, with the cox position as far forward as possible. Gear and divers mostly go sternwards of the cox, giving the divers and kit an 'easier' ride. Having now made the switch to 'leisure' RIBs I go out in cnditions which would be completely unacceptable to a diving party. The helm position on my boat is further sternwards than any UK dive RIB I have seen. As Ribcraft is a UK company, DiverDMD may get this view given to him.
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Old 28 February 2012, 08:19   #18
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Rib for diving

I sent you a PM. Let me know if I can do anything to help.
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Old 28 February 2012, 10:16   #19
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If you are freediving, any RIB is great. You can just kick up and sit on the tube. However, if you are scuba diving, very few smaller RIBs (if any) have a dive ladder you can use to get out of the water with the gear on your back. Few larger RIBs have ladder too, the design of the boat is just not open to easy ladder installation. Your option on scuba is to slip out of your BC, clip it off to the boat, climb in over the tube, and then pull the gear on board. Its not easy and it gets old quickly, especially in that cold NE water.
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Old 28 February 2012, 11:50   #20
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Your option on scuba is to slip out of your BC, clip it off to the boat, climb in over the tube, and then pull the gear on board. Its not easy and it gets old quickly, especially in that cold NE water.
De rigeur here in Central California. Not all that big a deal. Easier if you drop the weights in the boat before trying to lug the rig over the tubes though (and one of the reasons I had a ladder made for my boat.)

I also find it's easier to kit up in the water. No fighting to maintain balance in swell and chop while gearing up. Not so easy to do with Peter_C's tech gear though.

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