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Old 31 July 2009, 16:32   #21
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It is tricky choosing a rib, as stated, eveyone believes theirs is the best brand.

We spent about a year and a half trying to choose the right one, testing as many as possible. Ribex in Cowes and the Southampton Boat shows were excellent for that.

In the end we bought a new Ribeye S650 and so far are really pleased with it.
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Old 01 August 2009, 04:56   #22
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Many thanks for all your helpful points!
I think I may have accidentally been a bit misleading by saying tht I have 35k to spend. I thought you would all be saying "if you gave an extra 5k you could get this etc" but I have been pleasantly surprised. Thruth be told I would be much more comfortable spending sub 30k. There are some tidy second owner ribeye and ballistic (all I have looked at so far) for circa 28k already fully rigged.

re Tino-yes I have had a look at Redbay but they seem such good boats that no one sells! Hence on their website the Used rib section is practically empty!! I have just glanced at their (2008) price list and it appears to be circa 32k for a suzu df225?! I think that if buying a redbay I would consider a diesel - economy, and the fact Im not hugely interested at speed but would the 5k premium over the outboard be worth it?

re trickdog - no I have never really heard of a Northcraft, from your other post it looks very tidy. how much further forward could you have moved the console, if at all? I think theat I may like an outhill style movable backrest between the serious ribbers seats! and the rear bench?

re spartacus - good to know that Im not alone! haha Im not exactly rushing to spend aton of dosh on a summerplaytime thing either but I swear Im going to do myself an injury when my sons driving - all the crashing up and down - going to break my back one day!!! And yes Im currently looking into the destroyer! Ocean pro is 8m+ and too expensive!!

AllenF - Oh no haha it started alot earlier for us! I'd say 10 is when it starts!

Polwart - thank you for the summary of builders - yes I suppose I do want a slightly pretty boat, but not at the detriment of sea keeping abilities! As I mentioned earlier in the post, 35k is absolute tops, I would be much happier spending sub 30! I dont especially want a custom rib - I just like the basic set up of the ribeye, and the armstrong bracket looks good? I am looking at going to the Humber dealer in Nantes to see the destroyer!

Mollers - I have had a look at Osprey and would love to build it myself but would not be vv confident, no experience with fiberglass or mounting engines, or infact anything that would be remotly of use! Ribcraft, yes looking at the 6.4. Scorp love them but the 6.5 wont be on the second hand market yet!?

Rogue Wave - great seakeeping not mad about speed, but preferably cruise 30-35knts

Brainz - have been to london boatshow every year other than the one where am looking to buy a rib! Will try to get to RIBEX have been there last few years also!

Many thanks to one and all who have posted! Sorry I write such long posts in reply but Im trying to get as much info as poss. A little idea of mine to get around the weight limit would be to buy the boat ex trailer and cross the channel in it, put it on our mooring (which dries of 20% of the time btw) than get a trailer over here which until I have the cash to upgrade the car is towed by the my freind from the local boat yard with his van twice a year for winter storage in his yard. By how much does the antifouling reduce speed?
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Old 01 August 2009, 05:19   #23
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Mollers - I have had a look at Osprey and would love to build it myself but would not be vv confident, no experience with fiberglass or mounting engines, or infact anything that would be remotly of use! Ribcraft, yes looking at the 6.4. Scorp love them but the 6.5 wont be on the second hand market yet!?
Ospreys are not normally build it yourself. Its just a fw of us on here have chosen to do it.

Speak to Roy at Osprey on 01902 491919 www.ospreyribs.co.uk

If you can afford a 2nd hand scorpion you can get a new Osprey

I imagine Roy could also arrange delivery to you.
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Thanks for the correction, I said that thinking about HighTowers build last year which I loved reading about. Do Osprey have a dealer where I could try out and look over the boats?
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re Tino-yes I have had a look at Redbay but they seem such good boats that no one sells! Hence on their website the Used rib section is practically empty!! I have just glanced at their (2008) price list and it appears to be circa 32k for a suzu df225?! I think that if buying a redbay I would consider a diesel - economy, and the fact Im not hugely interested at speed but would the 5k premium over the outboard be worth it?
These boats (650 etc) are well above your weight limits - the Redbays are heavy, beamy ribs (2.77m min.) They don't bother putting much used stuff on their website as the smaller trade-in boats tend to be snapped up by people in the know. This 2yr old 650 with a df200 is about 25500, fully rigged. http://inflatables.apolloduck.ie/fea...html?id=118008 I'd imagine at this time of the year, in the current climate, they'd take less.

The diesel boats are expensive and in the 6.5, have very little usable deck space.
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These boats (650 etc) are well above your weight limits - the Redbays are heavy, beamy ribs (2.77m min.) They don't bother putting much used stuff on their website as the smaller trade-in boats tend to be snapped up by people in the know. This 2yr old 650 with a df200 is about 25500, fully rigged. http://inflatables.apolloduck.ie/fea...html?id=118008 I'd imagine at this time of the year, in the current climate, they'd take less.

The diesel boats are expensive and in the 6.5, have very little usable deck space.
Hang on, I've just read the weight issue. You're not going to get any 6.5 on a trailer coming in at less than 1300kg. DHD's 5.8 Vmax weighed over 1500kg when he stuck it on a bridge.
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Willk Thank you for pointing this out. I will look further at Redbay and all the other makes Polwart mentioned. That 650 looks quite nice! Vis a vis weight limit,
Mollrs I think I have already given up hoping to tow with the scenic and will cross the channel in it delivering it to myself! I will use the boat yard van to tow it until I have the cash to upgrade the car to something more suitable

Out of interest, since my suzu has conked out on me twice in the last week, is an aux worth purchasing (i have an old merc 3.3 but this would fall foul of your 1hp/m rule ?
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Willk Thank you for pointing this out. I will look further at Redbay and all the other makes Polwart mentioned. That 650 looks quite nice!
It does, and there is a "huge" deck space behind that odd compact Redbay console. If you have any difficulty lifting your foot higher than your thigh (with all weather gear on) then this console is not for you! Having gawked at it some more, and it's hard to tell from the camera angles, but the transom seems a bit low... did someone do the bad thing and put a less than XL shaft donkey on there - I can't tell!
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Osprey would be my call I've never owned one and I'm not likely too. but the build quality has always impressed me and the seakeeping is superb. ribcrafts are good too. BTW dark toobs are a lot easier too keep looking good than light ones
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agreed, osprey do look very nice I will try and visit a dealer or the factory at some stage
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