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Old 15 December 2008, 02:22   #11
Country: Germany
Town: Germany
Boat name: Shibumi
Make: Brig Eagle 600
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzuki DF 140
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 47
Why not buy a Rib in UK?

As you already said, the market for used Ribs is much bigger over there. And when you look at the exchange rate from Euro to GBP the whole thing becomes more and more interesting.

Two members of our german/austrian RIB-Forums already buyed a RIB in the UK. One of them buyed a used Tornado 5.4 in Irland, the other a brandnew Ribcraft 5.85.

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Old 15 December 2008, 02:31   #12
Country: UK - England
Town: Saltash, Cornwall
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I do pretty much what you do except the judging, I do mark laying instead but its all rather similar.
I would not go for a diesel engined boat, but a 4 stroke outboard or twins depending on the size of hull.
The reason I say out boards is the fuel issues if you end up working on reservoirs like we occasionally do and they have banned diesel on a lot of them and the outboard is easier to clear a fouled prop.
If you are doing a lot of towing then have you considered a tow post behind the seats?
This will make towing a lot easier and another idea is not to have an A frame on the rear but a simple hoop mounted on the console to take lights and antennas. Thus you are not always having issues with towlines on each side of the a frame . Also if you work with windsurfers the board can go over the tubes and the sail can lay over the engine.
Nothing to stop you having a angled hoop to stop the tow line getting caught on the engine.
I'm surprised at the requirement to drag a dinghy across the tubes and travel with it, thats a lot of space you need and a lot of wear on the tubes and muscle to drag it in, well anything apart from lasers, toppers, oppies etc. Having done it myself its easier to strap alongside or tow astern, except when its sinking then we have dragged boats in to let them drain out while the muppet who for got to fit the bung plug swims out and put one in.
For size wise if you go for anything bigger then a 7m I would go for twin engines just so you have the maneuverability.
To get a boat set up like this I guess you will either need to buy new Osprey in Belgium springs to mind but defiantly talk to Andre as with his commercial side of the Parker boats he might already have some designs suitable already.
Your width requirement might restrict your choice, but alot of people get round that by deflating the tubes in tying them in thus reducing the width.
I would be looking at Ribcraft, Tornado, Osprey, redbay, Delta, Humber, Parker and some of the other smaller more commercial style makers. I know the RYA for their race management fleet have 6-8 blue tubed ribs of I think Slovakian manufacture, but can't comment as I've not used one yet.
If you are looking at 2nd hand and doing a bit yourself, then probably a larger ex dive boat might have the space you require if you remove the bottle rack, but check the deck for damage from dive bottles and weights that might have not been loaded with the care you would have.
Anyway thats my tuppence worth, hope it helps

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Old 15 December 2008, 02:42   #13
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Town: Gosport
Boat name: April Lass
Make: Moody 31
Length: 9m +
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Shame about the beam issue or this could have done nicely.

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Old 15 December 2008, 06:57   #14
Country: UK - England
Town: Coventry
Boat name: Eco XR24
Make: Eco-Marine
Length: 7m +
Join Date: Sep 2008
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- Area of operation around Helgoland in German Bight, between there and mainland Germany, and on Stollergrund off Kiel.
- Duties are either umpiring, on the water judging, or rescue. On occasion family cruising on river Elbe west of Hamburg.
- Speed to catch up with, say, Farr 40
- acceleration from low speed to get out of the way of planing yachts (or breaking waves) in heavy seas.
- Capability to tow some dinghies or even J24.
- Size requirements: seating for two crew, plus transporting one rigged dinghi from optimist size up to 505 cross the tubes behind helm. Breadth limitation 2.5m due to German street regulations.
- Range at least some 120nm or 8 to 10hrs at mixed speed profile minimum.
- NO clamps on the tubes
- Navigation lights req'd.
- Trailer required.

The EcoXR24 is a new rib developed from an Osprey design with a very good reputation, which meets that spec. It's 7.2m, so with limited seating it would have space for a dinghy on board. The hard bow makes it very seaworthy. We are currently looking for launch customers and dealers on the continent. The low value of the pound makes it very attractive for European customers to buy from the UK at the moment.
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Old 16 December 2008, 15:21   #15
Country: Germany
Town: Hamburg
Boat name: Der Delphin
Make: Parker
Length: 6m +
Engine: Inboard Diesel 120HP
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thank for your efforts in trying to help.

I conclude, that sellers/broker/market places in Northern Europe are not known and that it is recommended to continue looking in UK. However, some makes are known and nothing can be said against them.

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Old 02 January 2009, 03:02   #16
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Length: 5m +
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I would have a look at these

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Old 03 January 2009, 18:33   #17
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I do exactly the same stuff as you for the RYA and we actually have a spare boat up for sale at the moment. Its a Ribtec 585 with a 135 Verado.

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