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Old 19 November 2009, 07:31   #1
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5M Rib for family use

I'm beginning to consider up-sizing (if that's a word) from my Avon A400 for something a bit larger and with better sea-handling, but still small enough to be easily handled by myself - including launch & recovery, and being able tie up on the "small boat" pontoons on the Dart which means nothing larger than 5M.

Main uses are family cruising, estuary & inshore, with the occasional blast when I get the cjhance to play on my own!

Family is growing - kids now 6&7.

What would all you experts recommend in make & layout for a 5M rib fitting the above criteria?

Thanks in advance

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Old 19 November 2009, 09:08   #2
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Do you require seating for all parties?
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Old 19 November 2009, 09:12   #3
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You realise you've just started one fo these "my boat's best" threads......

I had a similar story - but substitute an SR4 for your W400, and the length of my garage instead of the pontooons as a restriction. I have a spreadsheet at home that tabulates the main dimensions / capacities of the smaller end of the market, If you can wait I'll go and put a 5M filter on & paste the results here later / tomorrow. Alternatively search the threads- I have posted a selection of small stuff before.

Altrnatively as a Kick- off try the Humber O- Pro 2m Beam (there's a 5m one in the narrow width, can't remember if they do a 5m in the 2.3m beam version); Ribcraft 4.8; SR4.7 Searider;

I'm sure more people will be along soon to add to the list......
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Old 19 November 2009, 10:13   #4
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The new 5.0 mtr Ribcraft!!
the best 5 m hull i have ever helmed, its in the garage so if you want to try for size, pm me and will give you some details, based in Portishead.
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Ribquest 4.8m, serious deep V, and finish second to none. Okay with a 50hp, but ideally suited to 60hp. Not cheap, but how often to you upgrade?
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Old 19 November 2009, 17:25   #6
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Have you been on one of these?
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Have you been on one of these?
No, but visited Ribquest's premises in Sheffield during the October break. Had a look at a 6.3m but way out of my price range. The 4.8m completed the Round Scotland challenge and by all accounts performed exceptionally well. This was with Suzuki DF50, which was the best option for fuel and weight based on a 2 person double jockey seat set-up.

The finish on their boats is fantastic, with bespoke options depending on use. Spoke with Dave (MD) for over an hour but could have chatted all day - very knowledgeable.
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Rated for 75hp (4-stroke). Suzuki's new DF60 launches next year and will only be 104kg so ideal match.
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