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Old 23 March 2019, 11:08   #1
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5.5 m ribs

If you were on the look out for a rib circa 5.5 m which of the following would you pick

Searider 5.4

Rib craft 545

Gemini wave runner 550

Delta dash 5.5

Which would be most suitable for diving

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Old 23 March 2019, 11:37   #2
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Nice ribs on the list but for diving - you need to get a Ribcraft
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Old 23 March 2019, 12:57   #3
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Nice ribs on the list but for diving - you need to get a Ribcraft
Care to explain?

IMHO a dive rib is about a lot more than the brand or even hull design. Deck layout, helm position and engine are all perfectly possible of making an otherwise well thought of boat a bad dive boat.
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Humberís make a good dive rib
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Old 23 March 2019, 13:06   #5
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If you were on the look out for a rib circa 5.5 m which of the following would you pick

Searider 5.4

Rib craft 545

Gemini wave runner 550

Delta dash 5.5

Which would be most suitable for diving

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The delta 5dash 5 has been used for diving for years
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5.5 m ribs

In my opinion a decent dive rib obviously needs to sit well at rest in a decent sea (very deep vee) have a good amount of deck space and very hard wearing tubes like most ribcraft.

I would say the Delta is best running in heavy sea and the Gemini is a great leisure speed machine.

Everyone loves Avons - Iíve got one but itís not a dive rib.

Itís just my opinion and no one mentioned engines but I guess at least 90hp.
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Personally I wouldnít say that a 5.5m is a good diving platform. I have a RC545 & for 2 diving it would be cosy. Saying that, I like my space. I think that you need to go 6m+ as a dive boat.
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Id agree re room I set my ribquest 585 measured 6 m up to dive console two shock seats left me with 5 foot to the transom full width two divers could dress in comfy
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For diving I'd be looking at either Ribcraft or Delta...Ö.
Depending on how may divers you're talking about and whether recreational or technical you'd want to be looking at something not less than 6m and also something with a decent beam, circa 2.5m+
With these figures and an appropriate engine you'll get a fine stable platform.
Obviously positioning of console/seating & bottle rack will have to be taken into account.


We dive a 6.8m Tornado with a 2.6m beam & a Honda 200hp.
Console placed forward with single jockey & bottle rack aft of jockey.
Can accommodate 12 divers + cox'n comfortably and any less is paradise
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Personally I wouldnít say that a 5.5m is a good diving platform.
Get out of here - we run a 5.45 in the club (Viking) as do many dive clubs. They make a great platform, room for 4 easily and 6 at a push for short distances.

Low tubes for getting back in, small console, underfloor tank for max deck space, simple to tow, handle, launch and store.

It's why clubs have them
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