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Old 18 May 2008, 09:47   #1
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Thinking of buying a RIB. Few Questions?

I am thinking of buying a RIB or maybe a speedboat. If i do i only have maybe 3k to play with.

1). What sort of training or qualifications do you need in order to go out to sea?
2). Can you go out solo to sea, or do you have to make sure at least 2 of you?
3). What equipment do you have to have?
4). Do you think a RIB is better choice than a speed boat?
5). What sort of cost is insurance?

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Old 18 May 2008, 09:58   #2
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Hi

1). What sort of training or qualifications do you need in order to go out to sea?

None, but you should have at least RYA Level 2

2). Can you go out solo to sea, or do you have to make sure at least 2 of you?

Yes you can go out to sea Solo as long as you keep a good lookout

3). What equipment do you have to have?

None, But here is a bit of a list-

Anchor, Chain and Warp
Bucket or Bailer
Hand Held Compass
Sharp knife
Boat Hook
Foghorn – Trump
Charts & Tide Table
Flares
Waterproof torch
Lines/Ropes
Spare fuel
Basic Tool Kit
Fire Extinguisher
VHF handheld
Dry Bag
Paddles or Aux Engine
1st Aid Kit
Small Radar Reflector

Essential Personal Equipment
Warm clothing
Waterproof clothing
Personal Buoyancy


Optional Fixed Equipment
Fixed Compass
VHF DSC radio
GPS
Depth Sounder / Fishfinder
Navigation lights


Long Distance Equipment
Radar Reflector
Liferaft
406 EPIRB with GPS
Navtex
Satphone
Sea Anchor


4). Do you think a RIB is better choice than a speed boat?

Yes

5). What sort of cost is insurance?

About 2% of the boats value per year

Hope this helps

Jono
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Thats a tight budget. It all depends what you want to use the boat for and do you need a trailer?

Normal speedboats tend to be a lot cheaper than RIBs.
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yeah from looking around speedboats do seem much cheaper. I just want a boat that i can take out to sea and go fast and fun with. Not going to be taking it on long trips or anything.
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None, but you should have at least RYA Level 2
I disagree.

It is not necessary to have any qualifications to go out on the sea and enjoy yourself.

Some common sense comes in very handy though.
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The best places to look are places like

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk

and

http://www.adtrader.co.uk/postcode_splash.php

Don't just buy the shiniest boat you see. Some of the old British speedboats like Fletchers are much better in our waters than the Yank ones - they just look less bling!!!

You will need an anchor - some flares - and some paddles. Also lifejackets but there is no need to go over the top for a quick blast around the bay on a nice day.

A Handheld VHF is great and only about 90 but you will need to get a licence for it. A mobile phone is better than nothing but put it into a small freezer bag so if you end up in the water it will still work!!!
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yeah i've seen a few of those fletcher speed boats, they seem quite good. Are the OK in the sea? They seem quite small some of them??
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I disagree.

It is not necessary to have any qualifications to go out on the sea and enjoy yourself.

Some common sense comes in very handy though.
and using that common scense, a level 2 would be a good starting point.
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and using that common scense, a level 2 would be a good starting point.
Perhaps, but by no means the only option. I am a firm believer that, if one is confident enough in one's own ability, there is *no substitute* for simply getting out there and doing it.

I am not really anti formal training, but I definitely don't think it can be all-things-to-all-men/women.
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yeah i've seen a few of those fletcher speed boats, they seem quite good. Are the OK in the sea? They seem quite small some of them??
A friend of mine has a little 14 or 16 foot fletcher with a 40hp on the back. Its some serious fun on a nice sunny day for 2 people who don't mind the bumps but im not sure it would be too great a family boat nor too comfortable in the rough stuff.
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