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Old 26 February 2012, 19:51   #1
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Looking for the ideal Rib for scuba diving.....

what advice could you give me regarding:

Brand?

Length?

Engine size?

Extra Equipment?

Thanks in advance......
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Old 26 February 2012, 23:31   #2
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Might help to know, your budget, where you plan to use it, how many divers, how far you need to go to the dive sites, and a few more details...
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Old 27 February 2012, 03:35   #3
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The most important consideration is the temperature of the water you intend to use it in, it really needs to be in the region of 29C - I once dived from a boat and it was below 20 and it was not pleasant at all
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Old 27 February 2012, 04:48   #4
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The most important consideration is the temperature of the water you intend to use it in, it really needs to be in the region of 29C - I once dived from a boat and it was below 20 and it was not pleasant at all
How does the boat type have anything to do with the water temp? the water will be just as cold if you dive from the shore, or a boat, unless you have one of these fancy ribs with hull attached water heaters......
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Not too sure how it works, but as a diver I'd alway choose to dive from a boat where the water is warmer. Love the idea of fitting a heater, trouble is most divers are tree huggers and would object.
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Old 27 February 2012, 09:04   #6
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Guys thanks for the answers so far, here is my situation.

I would be diving with my son, so at least two divers, live in New England thus the vessel would only be used in the spring/summer months.

Water temps vary from 45-68F/7-20C

We probably would not venture more than 5 miles from shore

I would want to get something safe and comfortable, but don't think I need a 30 footer

As far as budget, I don't even know what a decent set up is, but let's start with $20,0000.

Thanks for any inputs.....
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Old 27 February 2012, 10:33   #7
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The ideal boat is one that someone else owns and maintains, that is lent to you.

You say at least 2 divers; what is your projected max?

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.

If 2 (with the occasional 3) is your max number of divers, something like a 15.5' Zodiac RIB would do quite well, and should be available used for something less than your $20K budget.

But, as to your original question, there is no "ideal". Just a matter of what you can live with.

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Old 27 February 2012, 10:46   #8
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Lots and lots of deck space, the molded-in GRP liners are just horrible for stowing tanks.
The tiniest console you can find, you don't need more space than radio, compass and depth sounder/GPS and a few switches.
Anchor locker (a big anchor too).
If its a GRP hull a rub strip along the keel line.
Max HP for the hull.
Relatively small tubes low to the water you can "swim" over avoids needing a ladder.

You can plane 2 or 3 divers in a 12.5ft SIB with 25hp...
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Thanks guys, any specific brands better than others?
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Old 27 February 2012, 11:01   #10
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Thanks guys, any specific brands better than others?
Its not so much brand as model. Most brands have "yachty" versions which have lots of molded in features which just get in the way compared to their open floorplan "workboat" versions.

I would take a trip down to Defender in CT and look at what they have. Last month they had a demo Ribster for sale which minus much of the jockey seating would have made a great dive boat. In my experience, jockey seating takes up alot of deck space which tanks also demand.

Zodiac Ribster aluminum hull RIB
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