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Old 26 July 2016, 04:13   #1
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Hello from Devon

Hello to you all,

Completely new to boating and thought as I live near the coast it would be great to own a RIB.

This forum seems to be where the knowledge is and I hope to gain some knowledge from you all.

I don't own anything as yet as I'm still deciding what I need !

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Old 26 July 2016, 04:59   #2
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Old 26 July 2016, 05:23   #3
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Many thanks, still deciding whether a SIB will satisfy my requirements or a RIB !
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Old 26 July 2016, 06:28   #4
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Welcome Steve, great area for boating. I should know, I live in Torbay.

Only you can decide on which type of craft will suit your needs. But choose wisely, and you will have many a happy time.
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Old 26 July 2016, 06:43   #5
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>>>still deciding whether a SIB will satisfy my requirements or a RIB

Welcome to the forum Steve.

What are your requirements?
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Old 26 July 2016, 07:32   #6
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Well it needs a capacity of at least two adults and children, plus 2 dogs if practical.

I'm probably going to be doing more river and estuary boating ie Dart, Teignmouth, Burgh Island but I would like the ability to head from Teignmouth to Torbay or Dartmouth around to Salcombe on a good calm day and perhaps explore some coves and beaches.

I was looking at a Humber or Avon 5 to 5.5 metre type RIB, however I've seed an ex RNLI D type for sale on here and there is also a nice looking Zodiac Futura II (4.2metres) and thought both these SIB's may satisfy my requirements.

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Importand point... how will you get to the water and what storage do you have... i.e. trailer or not?
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Hi Fenlander. I do have storage at home and plan to trailer to the water. Weight isn't an issue with the tow vehicle that I have, however something easy to launch would be welcome for a novice like myself.
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Well in truth if you have storage for a trailer boat and want to keep it on the trailer for travel/launching usually a RIB would be advised. The large SIBs like the Futura are impressive for soft boats but I guess for you the only advantage might be creeping right up to a beach where a RIB might have to be anchored a little further out. Having said that perhaps that's a more valid point with a light sub 4m air floor SIB and 15-20hp lightweight motor.

Once you get up to a heavier 4.2m SIB with 25hp and more they are not so easy to manhandle on the beach... unless you get Gurnard rollers but that's another thread in itself!
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Thanks for the advice Fenlander, I hadn't considered the weight issue with a SIB. I'll do some more research and keep looking around. I do like the thought of a RIB, but I was thinking it was overkill for my needs.
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