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Old 12 October 2013, 06:07   #11
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the advice. I have not heard of Aircraft, so as I narrow it down, more enter the fray!!

You are right - it is quite a leap from a Stingher.... and that I think is sort of where my dilemma is. I am the sort of person who, as my experience broadens who will want the next challenge. As a consequence I want a boat that will be solid enough that I can grow with it. At my current level, I am sure many boats would be more than capable for me. But I guess I want a boat that will eventually deal with more demanding situations. I have read on here that some boats are constructed with self tappers etc!! So I have concentrated my list to boats that the threads seems to suggest are, lets say, more rugged? I hope to your experienced eye that the list I have, whilst possibly utilitarian, meets that criteria.

To a newbie, its a minefield of choices, and I guess it all boils down to what you want it for and what you feel comfortable in. I am sure everyone on this forum has the boat they have because its right for them. I am just trying to do that for me, but unfortunately with a very limited knowledge!!

But appreciate your advice - always like to hear from people who know more than i do.

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ah well, now, where to start eh, all part of the fun self tappers are fine, not just self tappers of course, needs something else as well, but don't turn your back just cos you spot a few self tappers, there are plenty on my Revenger but backed up with some really good adhesive, nowt wrong with that!

one thing is for sure, surfing the interweb will only introduce you to what's out there, if you are serious about splashing out a few bob on a rib then you need to park your bum on a few seats n see if you like it in the flesh, n don't forget to take your better half, what suits you may not be the right thing for the rest of the family! don't make the mistake of thinking you will find what you want just round the corner, be prepared to travel, especially if you are thinking of buying new

you will be very lucky if your 1st rib is your forever rib, but that's part of the fun eh we started off with a sib which we had to keep re-inflating during the day, moved up to a 5mtr Tempest rib with a single jockey seat and 90hp Evinrude, then moved on to a Revenger 715 with a 150hp Honda which is still going strong, and now in the process of adding a Avon SR4 to the mix, not sure what's next
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Thanks for the advice. I have not heard of Aircraft

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you took your time Kerny, where you stuck under the drippy Nissan
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you took your time Kerny, where you stuck under the drippy Nissan
Going to give it a go with that metal stuff first and if it doesn't work, looks like I will have to get a new oil sump from Nissan.
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Hi Chris,

Food for thought, certainly. So most weekends for the last month, thats exactly what me and the boss have been doing - going to see boats. We went to the boatshow as well as there was a nice concentration of makes there - all be it new. And you are definitely right about the travel - although living around the Solent as i do, does give me a concentration of boats to some extent!

I have spotted an Osprey, which I would like to go and see - bit of a journey, though not too bad. It sort of works narrowing down on the web, going out to view and then seeing other boats at the brokers and looking over them - coming back, doing more research on them etc etc.

My worry is that I will just keep going, because you can find good and bad arguments to everything - unless someone can tell me the perfect boat for everyone!!

But there is a flip side to all of this - I think that buying a boat is actually part of the process of enjoying the hobby!!

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Thanks Kerny,

I took a look at the link. I'll do some research on these and see whats around - don't recall seeing any come up in my searching over the last few weeks (months!) which is possibly why I had not heard of them. They seem to have been around for a while though, so I am not sure if people who have them keep them, or whether there are just not many around (it could be that I just missed them of course!!) for sale.

Thanks for the link though - more food for thought!

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Yes - I was drawing that conclusions as well..... hence the move from Stingher to the list i shared - again another tip I got form this forum.....

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OK - heres the list.

Ribcraft
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Osprey
Humber

So actually its four..... I did put an offer in on a Stingher 686GT with Ed at MRL, but then had second thoughts after talking to an far more experienced rib owner. I have got this mainly from reading the posts on this forum - I have probably read thousands - literally!!!

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Hi Steve

welcome to the "crazy world" of RibNet. You are not the first and not the last one to catch the bug
Anyway to complete our list you should also consider a Parker and depending on your budget this particular model may just appeal to you

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