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Old 06 April 2016, 20:23   #1
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Hi All
I have enjoyed reading posts so far and it's about time I dipped my toes into the water. I am hoping someone here may be able to give me some advice. I have just sent off application for a PB Level 2 course and am sure will get my questions answered there, but in the meantime......
I would like to buy something for about 5000 to 6000 ready to go that would be suitable for cross channel even possibly the Channel islands I appreciate my figure may be a bit optimistic but as I said just starting out with ribs, what would you guys suggest (apart from spending more)?
Looking for something 6 person or thereabouts.
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Old 06 April 2016, 21:25   #2
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It can't be done safely on your budget. To reduce costs look to take less people out and forget the Channel Islands, just stay around the UK mainland.

To take 6 people across the Channel you'll need 6 proper seats which normally means a 6.5-7.5m RIB and a 200-250hp engine to get you in and out of the big stuff if it kicks up.

However 6k should get you a nice 2 man rib which you will have loads of fun with.

Ribeye are the smallest boats with the most seats but they do command a high price, maybe twice your max budget to get an old one

If you're on a tight budget, also consider storage, fuel and servicing costs.

I hope that helps a bit
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Old 07 April 2016, 02:31   #3
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Or....sell the 10m Birchwood,and get a Proper Capable Sea Going Boat?
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Welcome to RIBnet - where the water runs deep and dark and the unwary can vanish without trace!

6K isn't gonna cut it in the race to the Channel Islands. You could always consider timeshare in a larger RIB
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Old 07 April 2016, 12:38   #5
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Old 07 April 2016, 12:40   #6
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Unfortunately it's a syndicate boat so not mine to sell
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Old 07 April 2016, 12:42   #7
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Willk my my you are observant and maybe a tad sarcastic but thanks anyway
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It can't be done safely on your budget. To reduce costs look to take less people out and forget the Channel Islands, just stay around the UK mainland.

To take 6 people across the Channel you'll need 6 proper seats which normally means a 6.5-7.5m RIB and a 200-250hp engine to get you in and out of the big stuff if it kicks up.

However 6k should get you a nice 2 man rib which you will have loads of fun with.
Whisper talks a lot of sense. However I'm going to stick my neck out and say it's not impossible to do safely.

20 yrs ago people would have done that trip without everyone having a proper seat, and using engine sizes we think are grossly underpowered today. Now today's boat would be faster, more comfortable and probably able to go in a wider range of conditions.

6k should just about get you a boat and engine (perhaps with a ropey trailer) that whilst not pretty and probably considered very poor fuel economy by today's standard would get a small group there, assuming an experienced and knowledgeable skipper who thoroughly inspects / services everything before leaving.
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Poly Thanks for reply my intention would be for something maybe for messing about coastal with a few people and would have liked to consider joining one of the groups on their more adventurous outings
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Hello and welcome.

Just over your budget but something that I'd be happy to run across the channel with.

Ribtec 655 Camel Trophy Rib

Finding a boat is easy, finding one with the internal lay up that you need is the key. Don't compromise too far or you'll have an expensive toy that no one wants to go out in, think about what you REALLY want to do with her and look hard for the right set up.

Comprise will be required, but don't rush into buying a work boat for family travel and vice versa.

I look forward to seeing you at an event soon
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