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Old 06 May 2014, 07:16   #1
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Which rib??

Hi guys,

New to this forum. I am looking for a rib with an inflatable hull. I would like it for spearfishing fishing and cruising. If I could use it to tow a waterskier that would be an added bonus. What ribs would people recommend? What engine?

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Old 06 May 2014, 08:17   #2
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Hey Joe. What kinda of budget?
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Old 06 May 2014, 08:18   #3
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Hi Joe & welcome to the forum, what you're describing is a SIB not a RIB, a RIB is a Rigid Inflatable Boat, i.e. Rigid hulled, usually GRP or Ally.


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I guess im looking for a SIB then! between 500 and 3500
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Its a healthy budget, you will have a good choice of boats.

How do you intend to store and transport it ? Trailer, boot, roof etc.
How many people will you be carrying, any equipment ?
Do you want new or used ?
What performance are you looking for, displacement (less than 7mph) or planing (Over 10mph) speeds.
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Hi guys,

New to this forum. I am looking for a rib with an inflatable hull. I would like it for spearfishing fishing and cruising. If I could use it to tow a waterskier that would be an added bonus. What ribs would people recommend? What engine?

Regards,

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Hi Joe, and welcome,
To be honest it is the waterskiing bit that (for me) throws a bit of a spanner in the works regarding a SIB as the engine size to be able to "comfortably" tow a skier I think would mean that it would have to be kept on a trailer as the engine would be too heavy to man handle. And if you are going to trailer it then with your budget a SR4 with say a 40/50hp might be more user friendly.
But it does depend on your circumstances regarding launch/recovery/storage

Just my opinion, others with more experience will probably know more
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You'll need 50 gee gees minimum to ski, unless you're pulling out small kids. 50hp puts you out of sibs and into a small rib.

As stated, an SR4 would be the way to go.
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SR4.........

you could get a really nice one for 3.5k
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What sort of power would I need for a sib . I'm thinking of a futura . Any good?
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What sort of power would I need for a sib . I'm thinking of a futura . Any good?
why do you want a sib and not a rib? There is no real benefit to having a sib if you are keeping it trailered constantly.

You will get a much better performing boat if you went with a rib like an sr4 rather than a sib.
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