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Old 24 August 2013, 01:07   #21
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Glasgow
Boat name: snagglepuss
Make: Shetland
Length: 6m +
Engine: 90 hp Outboard
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Originally Posted by thomas View Post
3 - she aint ever going to launch it
4 - and you'll be doing all the transporting
5 - start talking about sinking and she's off to the shopping centre with your boat money
6 - she's only ever going out when it's sunny

Hard boat cons
1 - do you really need a loo
2 - or a means of making a cuppa, thermos is fine
3 - all those nice comfy seats will need cleaning
4 - they must be cheaper for a reason
5 - You need fenders which are really, really expensive and look untidy
1:No I dont need a loo but it is nice to have and hence I have one in my house as well! I can also sleep in the dry on my boat , shelter from the rain, have more dry storage, running water.

2:A thermos is ok but it is nice to be able to cook using my 4 ring hob on my boat
3: it did not stop me having them in my car or house! oh and mine just need a quick wipe down so no big deal
4: that all comes down to condition.
5: come on since when did 80 quid become dear when buying a boat, trailer and engine?

They also dont need re tubing and are just as easy to launch as a rib.

a few plus points though
  • dont need as big an engine due to being so much lighter saving money, servicing costs etc
  • More fun
  • if the weather does change in most cases a rib will handle the condition's better size for size than a hard top boat.
  • Will go faster as the rib is lighter

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Old 24 August 2013, 08:52   #22
Country: UK - England
Town: Sussex
Make: RIBTEC 655
Length: 6m +
Engine: Yam 150
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In all honesty, I used to have a Fairline Targa 30, the bloke next door to me at the marina had a Targa 34 - both had lots of comfy seats, a bog, an oven, beds and all the other mod cons you'd expect - Both of us agree that the best boats we've had are RIBs, as do pretty much anyone who has one. They get used much more and boating life is so much easier with one.

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Old 24 August 2013, 10:29   #23
Country: UK - England
Town: Christchurch
Boat name: Sha-my-sha-my
Make: Valiant
Length: 4m +
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 167
The way I see it, RIBs are a bit like they motorcycles of the sea. Both have no roof and give you the full visceral experience.

It's a terrible analogy of course, as RIBS are probably much safer than hard boats.
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Old 24 August 2013, 13:38   #24
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Make: Zodiac Mk I
Length: 3m +
Engine: 15 hp Yam two stroke
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Originally Posted by willk View Post
Oddly, I get that. Many (many) moons ago, c.1988, I recall seeing a photo taken from an Aer Arran plane of an an Arun Class ALB in Galway Bay. She was catching air on the waves/swell on the way into Galway from the Aran Islands. A classic photo that won an award that year.

Big girl to have her props out for the camera!
Yes,nice to track that one down.
Severn,Thurso is a stand out shot
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