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Old 12 October 2013, 07:37   #21
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Welcome to rib net where everyone has an opinion based on something!

I wouldnt knock stinghers. They are very solid boats and extremely capable in seas I would not take other boats out in! They also have a good spec and finish!

We are considering an 800gt and it knock the spots of many other boats we have had in the past!

Try and get yourself out on as many boats as you can be for deciding and try not to limit your options based on other peoples suggestions.

Good luck and enjoy the ride!
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Old 12 October 2013, 07:38   #22
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Hi Andre,

Now Parker - I have seen these cropping up a few times, and did see them at Southampton. Was quite surprised as Poland is not exactly renown as a seafaring nation!! I run a factory in Poland and so know the country well. I also know that there are misconceptions on quality from Poland - I do not share them.

Its not a make that I have done a great deal of research on, despite seeing them, and have not seen (or recall seeing) many on the second hand market. I think they look interesting boats at first glance, but I think the price tag is a little more than I have budgeted for for my first boat.

Thanks for highlighting tough Andre

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Old 12 October 2013, 07:45   #23
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Hi Zippy,

I really liked the 686GT I saw, but the seller wasn't quick on coming back to me and then I heard some other "opinions" so decided to continue the search - And how right you are in your first statement about opinions.

The thing is, when you know nothing - which sums me up with ribs - you have to start with opinions to get the ball rolling.

Now, one of my other passions is Landrovers - it wouldn't take me long to buy one of those as I have plenty of knowledge - but boats....... whole new ball game for me!!

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Old 12 October 2013, 08:53   #24
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Hi Andre,

Now Parker - I have seen these cropping up a few times, and did see them at Southampton. Was quite surprised as Poland is not exactly renown as a seafaring nation!! I run a factory in Poland and so know the country well. I also know that there are misconceptions on quality from Poland - I do not share them.

Its not a make that I have done a great deal of research on, despite seeing them, and have not seen (or recall seeing) many on the second hand market. I think they look interesting boats at first glance, but I think the price tag is a little more than I have budgeted for for my first boat.

Thanks for highlighting tough Andre

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Hi Steve, no worries. there is a vast choice of ribs in the UK so sooner rather than later you will find the right one.

as for Poland not being a seafaring nation then your factory must be in the deep south and not near the coast. Most powerboats up to 9 mtrs are now made in Poland and the quality is very good like the Galeon, Merry Fishers, Quicksilver of course the Parker Pilothouse and Weekend boats not forgetting the Windy boats which since May 2013 are made in our factory in Poland. Not many people know that.
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Old 12 October 2013, 09:12   #25
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Hi Andre,

Your right. My factory is in Tychy (Home of the Fiat500) near Krakow....!

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Now, one of my other passions is Landrovers - it wouldn't take me long to buy one of those as I have plenty of knowledge - but boats....... whole new ball game for me!!

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ah Steve, I could tell you were a man of great taste, a passion for Landrovers, that comment should create even more feedback than which rib to go for, excellent

don't rush into anything, there's loads to look at and the more you see will help you to narrow down what features you want, and don't want of course

n don't forget, the bigger the rib the bigger the fuel bill, the bigger the engine the bigger the servicing costs, n you don't need the biggest rib to get the biggest grin
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Steve,
You're welcome to look at our Humber, 'Hot Fish' , at the Marina in Chichester on berth AA08 - it's an 8m Humber sport pro. We are also moving to the Aquadock in April at the slipway end of the Marina , once Grahame has installed the 'extension'. There are no spaces at the moment ( as of last week).
Our boat is to be lifted next week for a wash and brush up / re-anti foul. She should be back in the water the week afterwards for half-term at the end if October.
We belong to the Yacht club and could show you around if you would like?
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ah Steve, I could tell you were a man of great taste, a passion for Landrovers, that comment should create even more feedback than which rib to go for, excellent

don't rush into anything, there's loads to look at and the more you see will help you to narrow down what features you want, and don't want of course

n don't forget, the bigger the rib the bigger the fuel bill, the bigger the engine the bigger the servicing costs, n you don't need the biggest rib to get the biggest grin
- And the bigger the marina bill!!

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Hi Rumbustious,

Thanks for your kind offer Ill perhaps take a look and maybe catch up with you if you are around at the marina. I will be down there first week of November as I have my radio course.

I'll also take a gander at your boat - i have to admit it's was the humber sport pro that I do covert, but there are none on the second hand market. I think they are relatively new (last three years - I think) and I am not anticipating going quite as large as 8m!! Also, I think if there where Sports or Leisure pro's about, they would likely be higher than my preferred (well the boss's preferred ) budget!!

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Hi Steve and welcome to Ribnet.

Before you talked about your factory in Poland I had you down as a British Airways pilot!

I think you and I may be in a similar place. Following a few months research on Ribnet, reading many hundreds of posts, I was intending to assemble an Osprey as my first Rib but eventually decided I was probably being a bit 'hasty' having never really been up close and personal with any of the main suspects (broadly as per your list). I decided instead to buy an SR 5.4 in order to give myself some fun on the water whilst giving myself more time to get out and try each of the main contenders first hand, on the water, before throwing many thousands at one.

....but I must admit to being seriously tempted by a couple of the boats presently for sale in the Ribnet classified section.

Best of luck with your search!
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Steve,
Sounds good. We are planning to come down for Sat 2nd Nov as there is a Halloween party at the Chichester yacht club - we could take you out on that day if you'd like?
I have the prev week off to look after my 13 yr old as it's half term so maybe able to do a day then , otherwise work at Horley in Surrey most days as a GP.
We started with a 7m Cobra and bought the Humber a year ago. Bigger is better!
If you are interested , perhaps send a Pm & I'll text you my email / contact details. Both my wife Kate and I have down the advanced course with Peter White , also based at Chichester Marina, so you should be safe! If you wanted to come out for a day we could run over to Cowes for lunch, or to the forts and back if you're pushed for time. It's about an hr from the lock at the Marina to 'west pole' and the sea and you need to get the boat upto speed to experience ribbing properly - the harbour has a blanket 8 knot sped limit . If lousy weather , we sometimes just run to Sparkes Marina at the entrance to the harbour on Haling Island, where Piranha ribs are based. There's a cafe/ restaurant there which allows free berthing if you go for a coffee - very civilised- and a chance to dry out.
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Hi Rumbustious,

I would have loved to take you up on your offer. Having done the PB2 course, it would have been really great to get out on the water.

However, whilst I will be at the marina on the 2nd, I will be holed up in a room learning the phonetic alphabet and the wonders of a 2m ariel over a 1m ariel on my radio course (and BTW, Cliff, if your reading this that is not a reflection on your excellent teaching, just having to do a course just to get a certificate )

So I ill have to reluctantly decline, but if I can, Ill see if I can find you if you are around to at least say hi, and introduce you to my boss (the home one that is....!) Sharon.

Would however love to see some piccies - although, it will probably just make me even more jealous - if you can send some trough.

Again thanks for the extremely kind offer.

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Hi Barrowboy

I always have problems picking these names - by the time I sign onto anything (gmail, rib net, Icloud you name it) I am so far behind the curve that all the names i would use have already been taken!! However, I do like "speed bird" ever since I learnt it was BA's call sign. My better half said that everyone would think I am an BA airline pilot - sadly not that glamorous. I run manufacturing companies - functional but not sexy!!

It is nice to see someone else in the same area as I am - the dilemma of choice!!

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No worries , no rush.
We could be down tomorrow ( Sunday) for lunch , but otherwise let me know when you're free. Good luck with the course!
Just learn the mayday and pan pan , and you'll be fine.
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Hi Rumbustious,

What a cracking good looking boat that is - as i thought, it has made me very jealous - but i think for the time being Ill have to stick to the original strategy!!!

I should be ok on the radio course. I did one about 10 years ago, as I used to do a lot of cruiser sailing around the solent (I am also a costal skipper) but because of the new GMDSS, I have to redo it - bit of a pain. Thing is, the course is going to get more difficult next year, so I have to stitch it in before December - otherwise I would have seriously considered cancelling to come out with you!!!

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Your right. My factory is in Tychy (Home of the Fiat500) near Krakow....!

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Tyskie springs to mind
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Yep - thats where the brewery is - I shudder to think how many pints of Tyskie I have drunk over the years! Good pint though!!

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