Originally Posted by up1979
Hello all, firstly, what a great forum! Am currently looking for a rib to keep in Liverpool area and have a few questions! Suppose that is the idea of the forum!
So here goes. Am looking for a RIB or sports open boat ie. white shark or ranieri etc..what do you all suggest ( as if I need to ask on a Ribnet site!). General requirements as follows.....
probably kept in water at marina all times
Deal with minor adverse conditions/against tides etc so 1-2 metre of swell? (Liverpool conditions)
Generally used for cruising estuaries in north west and Cornwall as well as Solent (trips to IOW)
Mega reliable and safe for nieces/nephews on board etc...
Budget of sub 10k (ideally)
Guessing I want 75hp?
I have seen two boats which look good posted by Arn.george and Indyri on this site? Both differing budgets. Before I leave you all alone....are there any local Liverpool rib clubs etc..or..anyone know whether there are good routes/days out if you have a boat around Liverpool?
Apologies for bombarding you all on my first post and thanks in advance,
Matt, welcome to Ribnet
Forget Liverpool. Honestly, the tidal restrictions are too severe and you'll end up immensely frustrated at not being able to get in, or out when you want.
Far better imho to save yourself a couple of grand a year in marina fees and trail down the A55 to north wales where the water's generally blue, not brown and you'll be dolphin spotting and accessing beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches and shoreside pubs instead of dodging oil tankers, windfarm support vessels and incurring the wrath of Mersey Radio!
If you really wanted to explore the Mersey/Dee estuaries get yourself registered to launch from New Brighton beach (£150 per annum I believe) or join Liverpool Sailing club and launch from their slip at Garstang although again, the tide will restrict your available windows when it's feasible/safe to do this.
Wahtever you decide, have fun and stay safe.