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Old 30 May 2005, 18:02   #1
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Advice on 5.5m or 6m RIB?

Elo' folks, starting to get an itch to change my RIB... currently have a 4.5m Narwhall and considering going up to either a 5.5m or 6m RIB.

Not sure on what kind to go for tho, does anyone have any suggestions on makes and models to look at?

Also what would be the best engine option for each size?

Sorry for being a bit vague in my requests... lol.... cheers!
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Old 31 May 2005, 03:53   #2
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Gary if you can get a low cost flight to the South this weekend it may be worth going to the show at Cowes there should be lots to try out. I found trying them the best way to know what you want. I was set on a smaller boat untill sea test at Southampton. Have look at the show web site. Good luck
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Old 31 May 2005, 09:38   #3
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Nearly all the RIBS built in Europe are worth looking at, all of them have different characteristics and you really have to try them out for yourself before you choose which one.
My favourites from the UK market are Solent, Humber, Ribcraft and Excalibur, Ribex would be great chance to try most of them out if you can get there.
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Old 31 May 2005, 11:52   #4
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I started with a 460 and 50 hp also.

I'm glad that I bought the 580. Especially in rough water it's size that makes the difference between a comfortable or a less comfortable ride. I also tested a Yam 550 and there was a big difference.

If I would buy one again, I would buy one less than 6 m and with at least a 100 hp.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 01 June 2005, 16:12   #5
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Wish I could make Ribex, but its just too short notice to get all sorted.

Anyone had any experience with XS-Ribs?
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Old 01 June 2005, 16:16   #6
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Anyone had any experience with XS-Ribs?
Well swginn (a member here) can't stop singing their praises! Might be worth dropping him a PM. HTH

Edit: the following RIBnet members all have XS ribs too:

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Old 01 June 2005, 20:24   #7
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Gary,

As Louise has already mentioned, I've got an XS-600 with 150 Opti and I cannot reccommend them highly enough Barnet Marine are great to deal with too.

Rather than repeat myself if you take a look at this post there are links to several threads worth reading if you are considering an XS-RIB.

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Other than that Is there anything in particular you'd like to know?
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Old 02 June 2005, 06:00   #8
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Buy my Osprey!

On a less biased note, XS are good but if you are considering new you really should look at all the main manufacturers and consider price, engine offereings, seating etc. for your self. Off the top of my head you have:

Osprey
Ribcraft
Tornado / XS (Same dealer)
Humber
Solent

There are others of corse, and all will reccomend what they own (me included)

What you will find is most RIB manufacturers websites are crap, you need to call or visit them (or go to RIBex, but again, some manufacturers have "enough buisness" and feel they don't need to attend)
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Nah, forget all that lot.

Get a Gemini. Much better bit of kit!

Joking apart, they've not been mensioned yet on this thread and are a very capable RIB. My 550 has a 115 Mariner 4 stroke and goes well on it.
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