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Old 13 March 2016, 17:33   #1
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New guy looking for advice

Hi, I am looking to get myself a sib/f-rib or even a small rib but I am completely bamboozled by the overwhelming choices out there.

Perhaps if I tell you what I hope to do with my potential new craft you experts could help me?

First off I live on the North Devon coast near Bideford and would be hopefully using my boat in the Torridge estuary and Bideford Bay on calmer days.

I would like to use my boat for fun with my kids just blasting about pulling a ringo and the like,
Also to go fishing with my mates or even by myself on occasion, with a bit of cove hopping chucked in as well.

Also I want to be able to either deflate and throw in the back of my van or car with ease.
A friend of mine who is no newbie to boat owning said if I got a small rib I could let the tubes down and put the thing on my roof rack on my van how practical would that be?

Is there any where local to me I can go and look at boats myself?

Thanks for the time reading this rambling post and I would appreciate any advice at all

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Old 13 March 2016, 17:34   #2
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New guy looking for advice

Hi, I am looking to get myself a sib/f-rib or even a small rib but I am completely bamboozled by the overwhelming choices out there.

Perhaps if I tell you what I hope to do with my potential new craft you experts could help me?

First off I live on the North Devon coast near Bideford and would be hopefully using my boat in the Torridge estuary and Bideford Bay on calmer days.

I would like to use my boat for fun with my kids just blasting about pulling a ringo and the like,
Also to go fishing with my mates or even by myself on occasion, with a bit of cove hopping chucked in as well.

Also I want to be able to either deflate and throw in the back of my van or car with ease.
A friend of mine who is no newbie to boat owning said if I got a small rib I could let the tubes down and put the thing on my roof rack on my van how practical would that be?

Is there any where local to me I can go and look at boats myself?

Thanks for the time reading this rambling post and I would appreciate any advice at all

Tommytwosheds😁
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Old 13 March 2016, 17:54   #3
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If you can store it and have a tow bar then I would go for and Avon Searider SR4 with a 40hp on a trailer

But if not then an F Rib or something like a Bombard 3.8 would be awesome too.

It depends if you want a boat with a steering wheel and a seat or a tiller steering sib.

You'll have to look into if a sib will pull a ringo ok.

Hope this helps
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Old 13 March 2016, 18:02   #4
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Thanks a lot for replying,
Unfortunately storage is a slight problem but I am not to fussed about a seat and steering wheel.
I may be leaning towards a f-rib but I will see if anyone has any further advice
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Old 13 March 2016, 18:12   #5
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Welcome Tommy2S.

I agree... if you could manage a trailer you'd probably get a great small RIB to meet your needs.

However if you want it to be car/van doable boat then it has to a be a SIB or Frib. The RIBs that are small enough to get on top of a car or van are no more able than a decent size SIB and so much more nuisance to handle/store.

Yes there is a huge selection of SIBs... with the Frib sitting slightly to one side as a fairly new and not totally proven design... albeit with a loyal group of owners. Would your budget run to paying 2700 for a 3.6m Frib when for 1700 less you could get a pretty capable Honwave 380 air floor? Their advantages need to be very positive for your specific use to justify that.

So for me two most important questions... would you consider a trailer... go RIB... if not go SIB?

What is the budget and does the Frib attributes make it worth a large premium for your needs?
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Old 13 March 2016, 18:25   #6
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unfortunately a trailer is not really viable much to my dismay.


is the performance of the f-ribs really on the same level as a sib.

and how would a sib handle the sea around the North Devon coast?
I have a budget of around 5000/6000
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Old 13 March 2016, 18:55   #7
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i would recommend a bombard aerotec very compatent boats as long as you dont do anything stupid . the air floor means it just unrolls and blows up.solid floors are very prone to damaging either your fingers or the tubes themselves, when being put together,it also adds weight . 15 or 20hp two stroke is a good match ,i have a 20hp yam on a tiller for weekend jollies and a 30 hp yam with steering and remotes for when i am leaving it assembled on our site.performance wise the twenty horse power will tow a ring with a 14 stone adult in it ,with the thirty it will tow desperate Dan .i can mono ski behind the twenty at just over ten stone .but at thirteen stone my mate needs the thirty. if considering a aerotec as with others you should check all the taped joins especially round the transom also check the floor for leaks ,little bit off washing up liquid some water and a small sponge and you have a leak detector .the floors are very high pressure so you need a dedicated pump for these .i use a 12v bravo and can have the boat water ready in less than half an hour. transom wheels are a good investment the bigger the better the flip up type are ideal ,drag it up the beach and you will tear the bottom out off it. the aerotec weighs in at about 40kg a two stroke twenty at about 60kg making it a very portable outfit but adding the thirty and steering gear etc makes it considerably harder work pulling it over soft sand . budget at about two grand for a good one with engine and electric pump and wheels, look after it and you will see a good return on your investment.hope this helps happy boating
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Old 13 March 2016, 19:01   #8
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Only got a moment to post but...

The Fribs are certainly very very quick for a given outboard size on flat water and owners report decent performance in a chop too despite their fairly shallow V hull compared to a true RIB. I think a couple of quality issues have come up but similar has been seen on this forum with isolated (hopefully) cases on Zodiac/Bombard and Honwave.

Your budget is substantial and would easily buy a new 3.6m Frib/20hp 4-stroke outfit or a new Bombard Aerotec/20hp 4-stroke. Or how about looking at a new Zodiac Futura... they are a premium SIB at a premium price.

NB a small proviso if I bought any new SIB at the moment I'd want to inspect/collect rather than mail order to make sure it's really new and perfect.
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Old 14 March 2016, 03:59   #9
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my sib weighs 100kg mercury 365 ali floor
rib eye do the TS range 350 58 kg, 370 64 kg, 400 76 kg all take a 20 hp max engine aluminium hulled.

highfield 348 61 kg 20 hp max engine ali hulled.

you can buy side loading roof racks to carry your boat around you will get a good set up with your budget.

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Old 14 March 2016, 04:12   #10
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With that budget and intended use and area (likely moderate seas much of the time) I would really, *really* try and find a solution to the no trailer issue and buy the exact boat Whisper indicated.

If not and it has to go up/down each time then it has to be airfloor and the only SIB that comes anywhere close to a RIB and would do the job as others have mentioned and so many of us who have tried many SIB's come back to is the good old Aerotec with a 25. I cannot in all fairness say I have tried a Frib but looked into them in depth and in many ways to me it seems the worst of all worlds in a very expensive, perhaps quality lacking package rather than combining the best elements and has a very flat hull compared to the BAT which will slam pretty badly.

Whatever you buy the *vast* majority of people never get it right for their needs first time and end up selling on - with this in mind I would definitely not go new despite your budget - you will lose a fortune come sale time. Buy big brand boat/engine, see how you get on and if not right you can sell at no loss - if perfect you can keep it or still sell and buy the same brand new set up.

Have you read the sticky "Which SIB?" in the SIB/inflatables section?
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