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Old 24 August 2018, 03:38   #1
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Capable offshore RIBs?

Good morning,
I'm a total newcomer to boating but have just got my Level 2 ticket, been out with a friend on his RIB and now want to buy my own.

We holiday on the Isle of Skye (north west coast), where I will keep the boat and want a 7m boat that is fully offshore capable. Can someone advise me on what manufacture / model is the most appropriate for cruising the Inner Hebrides and around Skye. My budget, new or second hand, is around £30k-£45k maximum.

Any guidance would be most appreciated.

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Old 24 August 2018, 03:53   #2
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I'd be tempted to try defining your requirement a bit further.
How many passengers?
How far offshore, worst weather you'd accept?
Drysuits & helmets in bad weather or would you stay at home at that point?
Light & nippy vs heavier & very capable
Expensive shock absorbing seats or use your knees?
Just a few for starters..
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Old 24 August 2018, 05:39   #3
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More details....

OK, thanks and understood, here goes:
- mainly two passengers but up to a rare maximum of 6 people
- distance to travel about 50/60 miles round trip
- willing to accept winds up to around 15 mph
- would stay at home in bad weather!
- stability, safety and keeping dry would be most valuable capabilities
- probably would not do more than approx 25 knots
- don't need shock seats

I hope that helps.
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None of that would be asking a lot of any Cat B 7mtr rib. and you'd get away with 6mtr. without the "specialist" tow car issue.

I'm thinking for that area you'll want to "up-rate" you're mileage expectation.

When I'm in that area 100mls a day is more realistic for getting out and about.
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Thanks, that's really helpful information. I've been advised 7m because of the choppiness of the waters. But I'm sure 6-6.5m would be fine. Also, I think you're right about distances - I think it's just because I'd be new to it that initially I won't venture too far!!

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'I'm a total newcomer to boating but have just got my Level 2 ticket, been out with a friend on his RIB and now want to buy my own.'

Go steady fella. You have the budget to buy a serious offshore rig, but no experience. PB2 is a start, but nowhere near sets you up for offshore passages.
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'I'm a total newcomer to boating but have just got my Level 2 ticket, been out with a friend on his RIB and now want to buy my own.'

Go steady fella. You have the budget to buy a serious offshore rig, but no experience. PB2 is a start, but nowhere near sets you up for offshore passages.
Thanks. I know, you are right. Initially I'll be keeping close to home! Until I feel able to venture out. I have a friend nearby that runs boat trips on Skye and he will be on hand to help me.

I'm currently looking at XS RIBs . Would they be suitable for the waters there?
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Thanks. I know, you are right. Initially I'll be keeping close to home! Until I feel able to venture out. I have a friend nearby that runs boat trips on Skye and he will be on hand to help me.

I'm currently looking at XS RIBs . Would they be suitable for the waters there?
experience is what you need maxwell easy easy get to know your boat find out as much as you can on rough water handling study charts of the area.never be afraid to call it a day, if you dont enjoy it it's not worth doing.

xs ribs are good boats there's a youtube vid on a build for info with your budget you will get exactly what you want good luck.
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Thanks, that's really helpful information. I've been advised 7m because of the choppiness of the waters. But I'm sure 6-6.5m would be fine. Also, I think you're right about distances - I think it's just because I'd be new to it that initially I won't venture too far!!

Cheers,
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I'm not advocating 100mls/day initially but that's a realistic capability to expect from your boat. I cruise at 24Kn so with harbour time and general nosing about that means "five hours in the saddle" and that's long enough for me.
Nice thing with Skye is pretty much regardless of weather you'll find somewhere sheltered to play if you can trail and launch. For further trips, planning & travelling in company is a good basis to start.
What experience will help with is understanding the difference between "uncomfortable" and "threatening". I've elected to find something else to do more times than I can remember in the last 45 years but I can count on one hand the number of time the sea state looked "viable" and ended up beyond what was safe to continue in. Last minute forecasts...keep checking right up till you're ready to go out. Don't trust a two day old forecast.
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