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Old 12 October 2013, 04:16   #1
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Hello from Chichester

Hi to all.

I got bitten buy the rib bug on holiday in Cornwall this year. We decided to take a trip on an XS and loved it.

Since then I have spent many weekends looking at Ribs and trying to work out which would be a suitable boat - including the Southampton boat show. Three weekends ago, myself and the boss did PB2 and we have the radio course booked for November.

Although I have only just joined the forum, I feel I know some of you quite well, as it has been reading the posts where I have been distilling the massive quantity of makes down to a handful that i think would fit my need. I think I have now narrowed it down to around 5 manufacturers..... but that may change (I never realised that there were so many makes of Rib!!)

So I would like to say hi to you all, and thanks to a fair number of you - cant remember all the names - who, without knowing it, have already helped me immensely in my pursuit of finding a Rib

Look forward to speaking with you in the future

Steve
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Old 12 October 2013, 04:28   #2
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Hi Steve and welcome to RIBnet!

Hope you find the right boat soon so you can get out and start playing.

Where are you doing your level 2?

Regards

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Old 12 October 2013, 04:31   #3
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Hi Steve

I did my level 2 with Chichester Sea School:

Chichester Sea School RYA Powerboat Training Centre

The guy that runs it is Cliff Seer. He was an excellent instructor, and I can recommend his course highly enough. I am doing the radio course with him first weekend in November.

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Old 12 October 2013, 04:32   #4
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hi Steve, welcome to Ribnet

do spill the beans n tell us all which 5 manufactures your looking at, we can then tell you why you should be looking at at least another's 5
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Hi Chris,

OK - heres the list.

Ribcraft
XS
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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We keep ours at Chichester, a few pontoons down from Cliff, despite a long drive out to sea it's very popular with RIBs - good time to start as pretty soon all the dinghies will have packed up for the winter and the harbour is nice and quiet.
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Hi Thomas

My intent will be to keep the boat at Chichester. Cliff happens to be my neighbour, and there are couple of my friends that have boats in the Marina - not ribs, but motor cruisers.

I would love to get started, but got to find a boat. There was an XS650 for sale at Fynn Marine, but when I enquired about it I was told I could see it, but it would be in a dark shed with a trap over it..... i decided against that. In fairness the guy at Fynn Marine was really good, as it wasn't his fault that he was brokering a boat that someone clearly wasn't keen to sell.

Hopefully I'll catch you at the marina at some time - i hope to be a frequent visitor in due course!!

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Keep an open mind, I have a RIBTEC 655 and is more than capable for what I'm ever going to use it for, there are so many great RIBs out there.

More than likely, I'm down there a lot and keep it in the water on a Versadock, similar to Cliffs.
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Hi Chris,

OK - heres the list.

Ribcraft
XS
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!!!

Steve
that's a good start, but seems a leap to a Stingher there's on on your list that stands out to me, but I'm very biased when Osprey is mentioned, Mike Whitham is a real star in my book, he's just sorted my SR4 out for me and what a job!!

but there are a few others I would be adding, Ribquest and Aircraft to start with, both can be built to what the customer wants so either new or 2nd hand there are loads of nice individual ribs to be looked at

and, not forgetting Ribeye of course, I know it will open the flood gates on here, but if you want a family orientated rib that will do all the family stuff but not look like a lifeboat, then don't dismiss them

good luck finding what you want
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Hi Thomas

Your absolutely right - but with so many makes, and so many opinions, its really difficult to work out what would be best - and if I am going to be spending thousands of pounds on a boat, I do want to make the right decision!!!

I intend to keep mine (when I eventually get one....) on a versadock too. They are great. Its a bit like parking a car!! I spoke with the marina last week, they have three and are going to install some more in a few weeks time. Interestingly, if i understood it correctly, they will not charge more for this.

Thanks for your advice though - for a newbie any information is good.

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