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Old 11 June 2012, 15:53   #1
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5.5m or larger Rib options on a budget....

Hi all,

I am looking to upgrade my 3.2m SIB with a family sized rib. I have looked around, and for my budget of around 18k I have narrowed down the choice to either a 3d Tender X-pro 590 with a Suzuki 90 or a Brig Falcon 570 with an Evinrude 90.
Has anyone got any opinions on either of these options or any other suggestions that I haven't looked at?
In my opinion, the Brig looks better finished, but the X-pro looks to have so much more space... I did look at the smaller (535) X-pro but with a narrower beam it was too small (I found the same with the Falcon 500) - both the Falcon 570 and the X-pro 590 seem up to the job size wise.
I want the boat for family use - coast hopping and day trips and also some ringo towing etc.

Any responses are appreciated.

Andy
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Old 11 June 2012, 16:08   #2
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Old 11 June 2012, 16:53   #3
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Rocket, I'd forget that lot.

Your budget is good, you can pick from the best manufacturers not the overseas, mass produced gear.

The Ribcraft 585 and the Osprey Vipermax 5.8 are probably the front runners. Having had a fair bit to do with both boats, I reckon the Vipermax edges the 585 for sea keeping. Ribcraft boats are very well put together.
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I'd go for exactly what mollers said. Had a Ribcraft 585 absolutely stunning boat that will always get you home safe but quite commercial looking which I like anyway.
The vipermax probably looks slightly more leisure orientated though an encredibly good hull.
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If you want something more leisure/family friendly with your budget you could get a nice Ribeye too, I have had an Osprey Viper 5.75 which was great but not the best set up for a family as it was a single jockey console!
I did look at both the Viper Max & the Ribcraft 5.8 but most come with a max of 4 jockey seats & as we are a family of 5 rules them out. I went for the Ribeye 6m in the end with jockeys for 4 + bench seat for 3 we have good seating for 7 before we use the suicide seat in the front of the console or the one in the bow. It also has lots of good storage too, but they are not much loved on here!
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Nice Pro Open 550 here with Suzuki DF100 (only 30 hours). Has bolster seat and seating behind too, perfect for leisure set-up. Better layout compared to earlier Zodiac models of this design that had fixed captains chairs which were no use to man nor beast. John Bridger Marine

No idea what the hull is like on the 550, but a lot of the smaller Pros can slap in the rough stuff.
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The vipermax probably looks slightly more leisure orientated though an encredibly good hull.
Not with the 'correct' colour scheme.

Personally, I'm not drawn towards "Rastafarian" ribs either, eh Dave?
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Ribcraft do a "sport" range as well as the rufty tufty stuff
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Ribcraft do a "sport" range as well as the rufty tufty stuff
Yep new price is over budget & never seen one second hand Osprey do one too.
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Yep new price is over budget
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