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Old 24 January 2008, 15:38   #51
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Cookee - is your boat within the desired budget?
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Old 24 January 2008, 15:45   #52
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Lordy -- don't know if this is possibility in your part of the world (its not in mine) but can you hire/charter a few different options for a season so you and Mrs Lordy can see the pro's/con's of differnet designs. Then once you know what you want/need/like and how you will actually use the boat you can go and buy it. The other option is to stick to the few thousand pound end of the market and you will probably not loose much. If you buy new at 15k and sell it after 1 season because its not what you really wanted that will be an expensive learning curve.
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Old 24 January 2008, 16:00   #53
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Lordy -- don't know if this is possibility in your part of the world (its not in mine) but can you hire/charter a few different options for a season so you and Mrs Lordy can see the pro's/con's of differnet designs. Then once you know what you want/need/like and how you will actually use the boat you can go and buy it. The other option is to stick to the few thousand pound end of the market and you will probably not loose much. If you buy new at 15k and sell it after 1 season because its not what you really wanted that will be an expensive learning curve.
I wish it were that easy Polwart - I'd feel much safer!

No, we live in London, but I haven't seen anywhere you can hire/charter these boats for a 'test drive'. I wish there was a sort of boat supermarket on sea where you could go and try a few out - it would make this whole process so much simpler!

And you're right - for this very reason I'm veering towards second-hand to try and minimalize any losses. Not very Positive Thinking, I know - even though I work at a company called Positive Thinking! - but I suspect I'm not going to find the perfect solution first time. can't fault the advice I've been getting though.

Ah well....
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I wish there was a sort of boat supermarket on sea where you could go and try a few out - it would make this whole process so much simpler!

How about a trip to Ribex soon.

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Old 24 January 2008, 18:27   #55
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I wish it were that easy Polwart - I'd feel much safer!

No, we live in London, but I haven't seen anywhere you can hire/charter these boats for a 'test drive'. I wish there was a sort of boat supermarket on sea where you could go and try a few out - it would make this whole process so much simpler!

And you're right - for this very reason I'm veering towards second-hand to try and minimalize any losses. Not very Positive Thinking, I know - even though I work at a company called Positive Thinking! - but I suspect I'm not going to find the perfect solution first time. can't fault the advice I've been getting though.

Ah well....
You are right it can be an expensive learning curve .
We started with a sib after selling a small yatch because that was inpractical . After a few trips into short chop it got sold for a valiant 4.9 rib which was ok but cramped and with the family in line sat behind me it wasn't much fun cruising very far .
With the same budget of 15k ish and a max size of 5.5m for storage at home etc there simply wasn't a rib out there that offered what we wanted , and I didn't want an older boat with a thirsty engine as we use it quite a bit.
I thought the bigger futura mk 3 Sib would do us as space wasn't taken up by seating and consoles but I was wrong there as it was still bad in a chop.
Hence the hard boat we now have.
I was lucky I lost very little on the ist sib and the rib for 3 seaons use and made money on the futura after a lucky buy. If you buy the right boats re sale is good and easy unlike cars . That may not be the case with the new boat we have now , but for now its right or us .
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Old 25 January 2008, 06:12   #56
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Cookee - is your boat within the desired budget?
Good question - What's the budget! The one pictured comes in 3 sizes 5, 5.5 and 6 metres, the smallest one without the rear deck arrangement and of course it also depends on the console / seating arrangements!

The boat I sent a picture of to Lordy was the one below, it is our "concept" or "prototype" hull from last year with a waterjet coupled to a Mercruiser 120hp 1.7 litre diesel, and with a new console fitted I am prepared to do a deal as it needs to go to make way for other projects!

It's amazingly economical and will come with a warranty, trailer and everything.
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I have seen teak decks but never on the console...........
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Old 25 January 2008, 06:49   #58
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Nice to see a manufacturer testing a design at sea before using it in production rather than just build something and hope it works. Guess its the difference between mass produced and custom built.

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Old 25 January 2008, 07:10   #59
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I wish there was a sort of boat supermarket on sea where you could go and try a few out - it would make this whole process so much simpler!
Agreed! Granted I'm not much help up this end of the country, but could you & Mrs Lordy go on a couple of trips with some of the "Ribnet South" bods - there seem to be plenty of trips round the solent - that would at least let her know if she likes RIBs or not!


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- for this very reason I'm veering towards second-hand to try and minimalize any losses. Not very Positive Thinking, I know
I would disagree. My first RIB cost less than a grand - a 1980 SR4 with a floppy floor - and once I get round to selling the engine It'll have cost me the fuel & insurance for a season's use! (PS anyone looking for a 25/30 Suz with remotes?) Bought it to see if Mrs 9D liked it or not (having already bought & sold a Wayfarer dinghy for 150 - she didn't like that swingy boom thing that attacked her every 5 mins on the upwind leg and the hassle of changing sides every 5 mins also wasn't her idea of fun!) She liked the RIB so I bought ... an equally old but bigger RIB for a more comfortable cruise. I suspected that if the RIb wasn't to her liking an O/B cabin thing would be because although as someone above pointed out you can't really use the cabin whilst on the move, it does make a nice wind break. I didn't need to go that way, but if I had I'd have been on the lookout for one with a RIB-esque hull.


In summary- buy a low budget thing to see if it's the sort of boating she's after. If you get approval then you either spend some time & money tarting it up or trade it in for a shiny new(er) one. I think that theory works for any type of boat that you could tow.

PS other good reason for outboard - more space inboard for you & the family!
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Nice to see a manufacturer testing a design at sea before using it in production rather than just build something and hope it works. Guess its the difference between mass produced and custom built.

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