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Old 22 August 2019, 11:42   #1
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Hi gang! Iím starting to save up (and hide any spare money!) for my first owned RIB; Iíve a background in using them for various jobs etc. However what Iím really after is a consensus (always dangerous on forums!) on what to look for in terms of size and engine capacity. Iím looking a both day trips around the coastlines plus longer expeditions to the Scottish Islands/IoM (maybe even cross-channel). Based on you experience whatís a good seaworthy size of boat and efficient engine combo? Thanks
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Old 22 August 2019, 12:45   #2
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Wait for the avalanche of responses. Depends on a few things, your knowledge obviously (if you're intending to head across the channel at some point in the future), then you must have experience, VHF licence, plus relevant RYA power-boating courses, etc.

Back to the boat. Probably 5.85 minimum (image courtesty of Ribcraft) with 150hp on the back if that's your long-term goal. That would give you enough seating (how many people normally on board), engine power and fuel capacity. Obviously budget, where you're storing it (think of security) and even the towing capacity of your car/truck will determine what you're looking for.

Of course you can go smaller, but deep V hull and boat length are key to negotiating UK waters in the lumpy stuff, dry ride and comfort, especially if you're venturing away from the relative shelter of coastal waters if the weather changes.

The Ribcraft 4.8 has made it around the UK a few times, as has Ribquest 4.8, so that's as small as I would personally go.
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Old 22 August 2019, 13:42   #3
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What he said although I had a ribquest 585 with a 90 Suzuki very caperble set up
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Old 23 August 2019, 02:35   #4
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Thanks for the steer (pun intended!). Is there a database that can be used to confirm ownership etc. Beyond the usual hunch/to-good-to-be-true does a ‘DVLA’ type register exist to help confirm ownership that I can use before any purchase?
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Small ships register if it’s on it, ask for the MMSI no & check with Ofcom who it’s registered to
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