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Old 28 October 2015, 05:53   #41
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Thanks for your input which was very helpful and your welcome.
I was looking at this type of RIB for my first purchase.

JMD 6m with yamaha 150hp outboard engine

Ribtec 585 and Yamaha 130hp outboard

A bit over budget but a nice looking purchase is this one and I could stretch to 15k for the right boat:

Ribeye 7.5 with Yamaha 200hp outboard

Not sure about the advantages and disadvantages of two stroke engines. On the road I know them to be lacking torque and quite smelly.
First two have "older generation" two strokes....reliable easy to maintain and certainly NOT lacking in torque .....drink petrol like it comes out of a garden hose

The Ribeye...(without looking at it)....if you change your mind about dry-stacking would be too heavy for the A6 to tow legally I think?
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Old 28 October 2015, 07:39   #42
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I looked at this rib a few days ago, I'm not convinced it's actually a Ribcraft.
You don't have better pics per chance or one of the deck? Was there any plates on the transom inside?

It looks like ribcraft seats, not sure about the console and the hull, I must admit I doesn't look right proportional wise but I assumed was the pics......strange one.
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Old 28 October 2015, 08:28   #43
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You don't have better pics per chance or one of the deck? Was there any plates on the transom inside?

It looks like ribcraft seats, not sure about the console and the hull, I must admit I doesn't look right proportional wise but I assumed was the pics......strange one.
the hull doesn't look deep enough or the dead rise angle and is that a planing pad at the stern or my eyes?
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Old 28 October 2015, 09:18   #44
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As for fuel costs I wouldn't worry too much about that either. Its not like your commuting to work on the boat. You use it for pleasure / adventure, so just enjoy it. .
The issue isn't the cost of the fuel it's the limitation it puts on your range. Refueling from jerry cans while the boat is bouncing around is not fun and having full jerry cans cluttering up the boat is a pain in the 4$$.
The 6.4mtr boat at Port Edgar with the 115 Suzuki has only got a 100ltr fuel tank which will probably give a usable range of about 100mls leaving a bit in reserve making it a sensible, maybe not thrilling, option. If you stick a 200hp on the back of that (and use the extra power) that range is going to fall to 70mls I don't know the geography of the area around the Solent but I'm guessing that would limit your cruising.
I had a 5.2mtr rib with a 70hp two stroke and a 60ltr built in tank, range about 60mls, and that was one of the main reasons it had to go.

PS Don't know much about Optimax engines but that offering from KB Boats looks interesting.
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Oh, good point.

I get my butler to follow me in the fuel barge when I have to go further than 100 miles
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Old 28 October 2015, 13:33   #46
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You don't have better pics per chance or one of the deck? Was there any plates on the transom inside?

It looks like ribcraft seats, not sure about the console and the hull, I must admit I doesn't look right proportional wise but I assumed was the pics......strange one.

I don't have any pictures, there wasn't a plate on the inside of the transom.

I'm sure it's another hull put together by a company not that far from Port Edgar.

I could be wrong, but I don't think I am.......
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Given the price of stacking (about 400-450 quid per metre for the year via google) I would seriously consider what you really need size wise as costs will mount up quickly.

Sea trial is always a good idea, but unless it is a bit choppy they will all seem largely fine.

I had possibly the worst RIB you can buy according to some on the forum, an Avon adventure 5.6 (great boat IMO for what it was), I now have one of the best and probably 50% of the time I use it you would not feel the difference as an example. I.e in calm conditions you won't tell a whole lot perhaps

Build quality is a different ball game though, cheaper boats may not have glassed down seats and consoles for example, bildge wells vary a lot, a lot of ribeyes don't have hypalon tubes as another example, wiring could be poorly done, cheap A frames etc etc.

The best suggestion is post up a lot of pics here before buying ANYTHING, someone will give you advice prior to purchase.
How nice it is to receive sound advice. Thank you dubrus, I will keep it in mind. I would say that 6 metres looks to be about the right area for me. For now, I want to try and keep in and around that length. A good point about a sea trial and also calm conditions. Dry Run has got a nice boat which should be on offer very soon and I think that it could well suit.

I like the idea of posting pix so that I can get a some advice from the members who know a heck of a lot more than I do.
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If this 6.4 had more stuff on it with a 175-200 motor it would be a 20k boat easy, but if the layout suits you won't buy a better hull at this age IMO. The engine is certainly under powered for what the hull can handle but that is why it is this cheap. Addition of an A frame would man it up nicely, maybe a bigger engine in a couple of years too. I would think it will cruise in the mid 20s though and maybe Max out circa 32 knots or so. It is almost a crime to have that good a RIB fitted out like that.
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I looked at this rib a few days ago, I'm not convinced it's actually a Ribcraft.
Thank you 69cmw! Good to know.
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Posting pics is a good idea. You might want to be more cautious with links to ads - a few members have been gazumped by others having done so.
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hi jepho

there are loads of factors that determine the speed of your boat i spent a lot of time sorting mine out the best i got was 45 mph two adults one dog 130 lts of fuel oban bay little wind flat calm 14 x 19 ali prop.
add a bit of wind, tide, chop and you can loose 10 mph off that then your getting into a rougher ride i always throtted back to 25 mph then to look after the boat and its occupants installing shock mitigation seats in was a god send. fuel consumption was brilliant 36 ltrs to go round the isle of jura around 100 miles in contrast i have done 80 mph on the river humber in a 10 m ribquest with two 300 hp mercury verado's on 140 worth of fuel lasted 20 mins great ride but the cost wow!.
budget will limit you and you need to make a list of what you need from the boat in terms of how you will use it and for how long per year, as said the boat show is a good place to start even if buying secondhand you will get a feel for whats out there ,the big companies are good to talk to like humber inflatables been in business 50 years if they don't know nobody does they have a large range for all pocket sizes also deal in secondhand last time i looked they had some avon's in, good boat solid and around the 10k mark.
lots of good advice on here there are guy's with the all singing all dancing big ribs down to the 3 m and below sib owner's the one thing in common is they get immense pleasure from their craft and where they cruse.
best of luck with your choice

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Thank you Jeff. Lots of good information and ideas here. I have had a drive of a Humber with twin 60s. It was a 5.85 I think. Not madly fast but very stable in rough seas and highly manoeuvrable. An impressive craft when pressed hard.

I saw a really beautifully kept RIB which was adorned with four (what I had taken to be) shock mitigation seats, in Portsmouth very recently. They looked so very expensive and I did not dare to ask the price. All had an adjustable suspension unit under the seat which appeared to be sitting atop an adjustable double cantilever type arrangement. Here are some pix.
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