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Old 18 September 2014, 07:15   #1
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Hello from Poland

Hello,

I'm Maciej. Please find below mine current setup.


We have been using it mostly in Greece.



So I'm currently SIB-men not RIB-men but for next vacation I would like to have mine RIB in Greece and use it. Currently I'm focusing on available in Poland BRIG NAVIGATOR 570 plus HONDA BF100 but unfortunately I have discovered this forum and pictures from Southampton motor boat and I'm very curious about HIGHFIELD OM 540 or 590 DL setup (they call it DeLuxe whatever it means).

Hello for everyone
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Old 18 September 2014, 07:30   #2
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Hi Maciej, welcome to the forums!

I haven't got experience of either of the boats you mention, but I'm sure someone will be along soon with some advice. Happy boating!
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Old 19 September 2014, 12:01   #3
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Where is the best place on forum to describe my needs about new RIB ?
And receive some advice

I will try here:
1. Family 5 persons (2+3) 270 kg this year in total maybe 300 kg next year
2. Boating in Greece (Peloponese, South Creete) Jun/July
3. Wild beaches without any people, without special place for parking boats (pebbles beaches)
4. Long trips along coast (not far than 2 nautical miles from coast). Trips 20,50 or even 100 km in one way.
5. 2 big mesh bags contains snorkeling equipment for 5 persons (fins, pipes, masks, neopren short suits)
6. Two more bags (dry food, water, shoes, change of clothes)
7. Not heavier than 450 kg without engine (DMC rules)
8. We are in Greece every year. I know conditions. So there is windy (thermal winds) but waves are usually below 50cm - occasionally between 50-100cm -> but very rare.
9. We are looking for smooth,comfortable cruising and reasonable petrol consumption
10. HONWAVE T38 is too small for these conditions (waves 50cm on long trips)

Based on items number 5 and 6 I need 2 big storage for bags
RIB between 5m and 6m, engine HONDA BF 100 (I like HONDA company very much - sorry for that)

HONDA Poland does not offer HIGHFIELD. It offers only BRIG RIBs.
So I received good offer from HONDA Poland for BRIG NAVIGATOR 570, HONDA BF 100.
Offer is valid to the end of this month.

I have discovered HIGHFIELD Ocean Master 540 DL (DeLuxe) here on forum.

So currently I have 2 types for my needs. I will be the first one in Poland who order NAVIGATOR 570 so I have no chance to try it on the water (people in Poland do not buy new boats this size - there are too expensive for us).

I have not any chance to try any RIB this size in Poland. So I do really appreciate for help to choice best possible boat fulfill my needs. Many thanks in advance. Maciej
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Old 20 September 2014, 06:16   #4
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If I was spending the money you are I'd be booking a sleazyJet flight and doing some testing..

Why a RIB if others aren't using them maybe you don't need a RIB?

Brig have a reputation for leisure boating. Highfield are hoping to be more than that.

Not familiar with the Parker Range. But Parker are based in Poland so if they did something in size and budget I'd be looking there too... What's this DMC rules you mention?
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Old 20 September 2014, 06:32   #5
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My mistake. DMC is Polish description of Gross weight rating.
This parameter for car and trailer can not exceed in total 3500 kg or you will have special driving licence plus pay for highway.

My car has this parameter 2535 kg so trailer can not exceed 950 kg (trailer + boat + engine + petrol).

Poland is famous from making many motorboats but not RIB's. We make NORDCAPP OCEANMASTER, STING boats for Norway in Poland. Even Bayliners we make in Augustow ... But I use boat only in Greece so I prefer RIB.

Parker RIB 510 is dedicated for coastal guard mostly. Parker RIB 630 is too heavy and not leisure type (not for long trips, more for near beach activities).

Many thanks for response I made first album on forum so you can check where I use boat.

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You are right. I should go to Southampton and check and "touch" some RIBs on motor boats show ... or visit some dealers and check boats.

HIHFIELD OM DL version have many features good for me:
1. Low weight
2. Alu hull (better for pebbles beaches)
3. Some storage lockers (I think that one on the back and one in console but I'm guessing)
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OK so we have similar rules in the UK about weight. While trailer test is a pain I think 950kg may be tight for size of boat and may be worth the rest, although don't know what that means for road tax for you...

Agree re Highfield weight. My opinion is still out in Ali and pebbles. I think dints will be harder to fix.

Storage... If you are buying new you should be easily able to spec a rear seat with storage and same for console...
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DMC == permissible gross weight
As mentioned above I can not exceed "permissible gross weight" 950 kg for trailer.
I will look for ALU trailer even if it be more expensive.
BRIG NAVIGATOR 570 -> 480 kg
HONDA BF100 -> 165 kg
POLICE always include full petrol weight for calculation -> let's say 100 kg

So trailer weight have to be about 205 kg - it will be real pain but there are some local companies made ALU boat trailers in Poland.


BRIG has not good opinion on RIB forum. I saw one entry about transom problem. And some other entries also.

So you do not see any advantage of ALU over "standard" hull ?

And to be honest prices in Poland are lower than in UK. You can buy NAVIGATOR for 11 000 EUR plus discount. HIGHFIELD will be more expensive for me ...

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Theoretically less kg on boat is equivalent less petrol consumption but if boat be 2000 GBP more expensive I doubt if less petrol consumption will cover difference in price.
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Oh I completely see advantages to aluminium hull. But if I chip gel coat I can fix it in 24 hours. I'd I dent the Ali I'm not sure how I fix it... Filler and paint? Hammer out? Cut out and weld in? Welding means disconnecting electrics removing fuel, protecting toobs. As its Ali welding needs special kit
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Parker .... ..... not leisure type (not for long trips, more for near beach activities).
OK so if you are looking for something lower cost / lower perceived quality / less bespoke then I'd give Valiant a look - they have a few different ranges for different tastes and those who have driven them here usually speak positively of them.
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Hello @Poly - many thanks. I will look. I have looked even for RIBEYE A500 but finally I have to focus on weight I suppose. I do not want to change a car or pass special exam for driving licence that allow you to tow set heavier than 3500 kg.
I'm a teacher at Warsaw University of Technology and have not abilities to be truck driver

So I have to focus and try to find trailer weight 200 kg having permissible gross weight 950 kg (not sure if it is possible even for ALU trailer)

Or boat looks like OM 540 lighter than 400 kg.

I have to ask Polish BRIG distributor about real weight of boat (including equipment and BF100 engine).

I have downloaded PDF from ribeye (regarding A500) and it shows below mentioned calculation:

Boat Weight Std Spec 464kg
Boat Weight inc Eng/Rigging 822kg
Boat & Trailer Weight 1222kg
Trailer Weight 340kg

I can not afford Boat Total Weight 822 kg so at the end everything about "dream RIB" focus on total weight
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