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Old 28 October 2015, 17:16   #51
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They looked so very expensive and I did not dare to ask the price
Around 2.5K each, last time I looked.
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Old 28 October 2015, 17:16   #52
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Hi Jepho,

Just a thought, but I have a boat coming on the market shortly, that may suit your needs/budget and comes with a trailer and a dry stack space (paid up until May 2016).

Details at KB Boats

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Hi Steve,
Thanks very much for the heads up.

It is a really nice looking craft and it looks to be a good deal which is within my budget. I am committed to several other matters this next weekend when I have several arrangements which I cannot break. I can get to you the following weekend if that is any use?
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Old 28 October 2015, 17:21   #53
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There are calculators on the Web no idea how accurate they are especially as they all involve hull shape fudge factor. This thread might be useful 5M to 6.5M Ribs - Speed Survey although I'd make two warning 1. People intermix knots and mph 2. the Internet is full of misleading information. No reason Fib.net would be any different. With a 3 knot following tide on a glassy calm day I go about faster than in normal conditions so top speed isn't everything!
Thank you for the link Poly. I have read a fair few of the postings on the provided link. I guess that riding the sea is not too dissimilar to riding the air. That is that the actual speed over the ground will depend on factors such as a wind, tide, load and power applied. Air speed can also be a rather moveable feast.
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I would not worry too much about top speed, sure its fun but so long as your boat is comfy and capable you will be fine. You spend most of your time cruising about, not thrashing about.

I've got twin 175's on mine and I'm still not sure how fast it goes. Every time I've opened it up in calm conditions I've not actually looked at the speed. I've just looked at the view and grinned like an idiot. If you don't race anyone you wont know if your boat fast on not.

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. If the cost of the fuel for a weekends fun is going to be a concern then Id suggest you reconsider the whole thing. There are lots of other costs to consider. Insurance for example, you pay that even if your not out having fun on your boat.

(I plan for 1.65 litres of fuel per Nautical mile)

Make sure when you use it all the little details are sorted out before hand, so your just left to enjoy the boating experience. Not the faff of trailering it there, or finding the weather pants, or the slipway crap, or the radio fails, or some other unrelated detail ruins the whole experience.

I trailered mine from home for a year - which allowed me to sort all the small things like wiring/radio/trailer etc. Then when I did tow it to the sea id also researched the slipway / weather etc. That meant every time I used it the whole experience was great.

Now I've got the boat sorted I keep it in storage and just ring up to get it lowered into the water ready for me to use for the week / fortnight. So for that time sits in the marina all ready to use day or night on a whim - any maintenance jobs having been done while in storage.

Maximise your time in enjoying it, not worrying about it.

As for twins / single, I would recommend a single for general use in the UK. You wont be far from help should it fail. If your planning on crossing the Med where the radio wont help or doing some extreme adventure in challenging weather, then twins would be better. Even in the middle of winter in the Solent the radio is alive with other boats / coast guard, in the Med even in the summer its pretty silent. In the winter I don't even turn it on, its that silent.
Some great points here for which I thank you. I never realised just how much there was to consider. I am only intending to travel around the coastal areas initially. I enjoyed my Powerboat 2 course. We planned a trip to the IOW from Portsmouth and ended up in the Ferry Inn for Sunday lunch. Your point about spending a lot of the time cruising about is well made. Fuel costs are not going to be a concern to me because it is my leisure time and it will cost what it does.
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Old 28 October 2015, 17:57   #55
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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.
Thank you willk. An interesting thought.
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Around 2.5K each, last time I looked.
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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.......
I have never seen the 6.4 hull in person, I only have my 6.8 and a 6.5 I was going to buy as experience.

It certainly is no where near as deep a V as mine or the 6.5, I can't say for sure it isn't correct though, someone no doubt can.

It is strange though as if you were going to effectively make up a rib there are far cheaper ways than ribcraft seats and console, if they are of course!

All the ribcraft boats I have ever seen had a plate right in the middle of the transom inside the boat, again I can't say about the 6.4.

If anyone reading is thinking of buying then a phone call to Jason at ribcraft would certainly be worth doing.
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Now that I think about it, northcraft boats can be built in Edinburgh, I know someone who had a custom 6.3 from there with a 90 Suzuki. I'll check out the hull next time I see it. His transom cracked after about 18 months of very little use and he took it back for repair, I'll ask him what the place was like.

Looking at the side pics, it does look like a 6.3 hull with ribcraft bits on it..... Naughty if true. I can't find a transom one to confirm but will have another butchers





Edit, found a crappy one......similar planning pad but V looks different maybe?



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Northcraft ribs aren't made in Edinburgh. Bosun's Locker are just dealers for them (they are made in Yorkshire).
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Poly, full boats are built there yes, but, i am 99% certain they have had bare hulls in Edinburgh and built them up at the very minimum, I shall explain.

My mate went and seen it made over space of few weeks I am pretty certain. Perhaps assembled is a better description, they got a bare hull and put whatever you like on it. I will certainly ask him exactly where he went to see it built as it may not be on the premises granted, was defo in Edinburgh though.

When I originally looked for boats I called northcraft and FYM years ago and they confirmed that was possible. I seem to recall FYM had a 6.5 hull on site they could do a deal for if memory serves and they would put what i like on it. I may have an email invoice perhaps...i will have a dig.

They may not do this anymore though, my mate got his boat about 6 years ago, I asked circa the same time. I assumed FYM bought a couple of hulls to fit out over winter and sell them a bit cheaper than direct.

My own Avon came from FYM, the old owner said they also assembled that as it was a bespoke build, they got a hull/tubes and fitted it out for him. I am fairly certain the invoices supplied were for buying the bits and fitting it out at FYM. Those invoices are with the new owner or I could take a piccy.

I have also seen in last 6-8 months them advertising a spare northcraft only hull as a package for someone to build, it came with a set of tubes that could be made to fit, console and some seats for someone to install. I am not saying this is the normal but they do get hulls from time to time at the very minimum. I'll see if I can find a link to it, was all black if memory serves, was a cracking price.

Lastly, they do retubes and fibreglass work there, maybe not on site again but FYM atleast have had bare hulls from northcraft and the ability to put it together in the past. I can't say if the bosun's locker still offers that though.

Looking at this 6.4 "ribcraft" there is a very good chance what I have said above has happened again, perhaps before bosun's locker took over or merged W.H.Y with FYM.
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