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Old 13 August 2006, 08:52   #11
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Ribcraft, with Evinrude 2 strokes. Still my favourite ribs for allround use
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Old 13 August 2006, 09:36   #12
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We were out also from chichester harbour today crossing the solent but never encountered anything like a force 7,our little zodiac would have shaken its head at that, but found it not to bad ,just got a little bit wet thats all,all part of the fun.
From Chichester to portsmouth close to shore it was ok
We then went to Cowes where the Cowes Yatch haven report said force 7
we then went to Yarmouth and to be honest it was rough came back with a following sea wind with tide and the bar was flat. the only other rib we saw was a SR10 Cougar (nice rib)
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Old 13 August 2006, 11:49   #13
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Aegean Lady,

I would have thought that 6 to 7 metres would be ideal for what you want - small enough to teach, big enough to cruise.

Also, if you are cruising in company, I'd go with a single outboard (petrol) - twin installations are expensive!!

As for diesel - it depends what you are doing. My Ribcraft 7.8 is a great boat, but because we do a fair few hours, and the outdrive leg and engine have different service intervals, it start to be a pain when you are using it lots. At least with an outboard the whole thing is serviced in one go - much easier to keep track of (although possibly a little more expensive).

Also, if you are cruising to other islands, beaches etc, you can trim up the outboard leg much higher than an inboard leg to safely beach the boat. Even in 'trailer' mode, my outdrive leg is lower than the bottom of the transom!!

RIBs with big diesel inboards also aren't very typical if you are going to use it to teach - but so long as your syllabus covers that, or you have another boat with an outboard, it would be OK.

Hope this helps,

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P.S. Ribcraft are good RIBs too.
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Old 13 August 2006, 12:07   #14
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www.technohull.gr Some is designed in uk.


Scorpion build ribīs in greece...

And take a look at maestral, adboats in croatia.
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Old 13 August 2006, 12:08   #15
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From Chichester to portsmouth close to shore it was ok
We then went to Cowes where the Cowes Yatch haven report said force 7
we then went to Yarmouth and to be honest it was rough came back with a following sea wind with tide and the bar was flat. the only other rib we saw was a SR10 Cougar (nice rib)
Sorry if I seemed bullish but honest It may have gusted a seven but our rib wouldn,t have taken it ,but your right the bar was flat I was expecting it to be far worse than it was .some times I have poked my my nose out only to err on the side of cowardice and return into the harbour.The SR Cougar is that a make or a model of a make if that makes sense. Look Forward to seeing you out there Roy
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Old 13 August 2006, 14:14   #16
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Choice of RIB

I may be biased but we have been operating 3 Humber RIBs at our RYA Centre here in Cyprus. They are a 5m Destroyer with a Suzuki DF70, an Ocean-Pro 5.5m with a Suzuki DF90 and my own boat an Ocean-Pro 6.3m with a Suzuki DF140. All boats are extremely durable and easily handle the short seas encountered in the Eastern Med. The Suzuki four-strokes are also very reliable and durable and have proved to be extremely frugal on fuel.
Undoubtedly,there are many more options available to you but I would thoroughly recommend the 5.5 or 6.3 Ocean-Pros as very good value for money , especially as they also cope well with the rough treatment encountered at a training establishment!!
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I may be biased but we have been operating 3 Humber RIBs at our RYA Centre here in Cyprus. They are a 5m Destroyer with a Suzuki DF70, an Ocean-Pro 5.5m with a Suzuki DF90 and my own boat an Ocean-Pro 6.3m with a Suzuki DF140. All boats are extremely durable and easily handle the short seas encountered in the Eastern Med. The Suzuki four-strokes are also very reliable and durable and have proved to be extremely frugal on fuel.
Undoubtedly,there are many more options available to you but I would thoroughly recommend the 5.5 or 6.3 Ocean-Pros as very good value for money , especially as they also cope well with the rough treatment encountered at a training establishment!!
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Old 13 August 2006, 14:45   #18
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Short Seas

Thanks again to everyone - lots of useful information.

We seem to be talking about a 6-7m boat with central driving position and a single engine, possibly a 4-stroke petrol. I think we'll have to carry a second engine to pass the commercial inspection but it maybe can be a small one.

Glad that Cypman mentioned the seas. When it's blowy here we get very short uncomfortable seas - we call it the 'washing machine' effect on our yachts. Having lived on the west coast of Scotland for many years I was used to the Atlantic swell. Although the wave height is rarely as big here, the Aegean chop means that you can't ride over the waves in the same way.

I have read that some UK built RIBs are not so good in these seas. Any comments?
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Old 13 August 2006, 16:42   #19
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I've recently bought my Avon from a dealer in Moschato - Takis Koukounaris. Very reliable, and can dodge a few expensive options (relatively) inexpensively! Although Avon's are probably a bit financially over the top for a Training Centre, he is also a Bombadier dealer. Tougher/Meaner/More Robust than Avon. You can find him on 210 942 7508. If your Greek is like mine, fret not. His English is almost perfect. He's on holiday for the next couple of weeks, but will be back early September.

Fuel. My outboard drinks Unleaded in copious quantities. I recently had a little trauma in Alimos Marina where they can only supply diesel, which is an improvement on Delta & Flisvos where they can't suply anything! Even at the local Shell Station they claimed that they could only supply diesel until an enterprising lad on the forecourt put a tank of petrol in the boot of his car & delivered that for me! Don't mention it to the HSE kill-joys! In summation, I would seriously consider diesel engines for your boat(s), purely from an ease-of-supply perspective.
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Glad that Cypman mentioned the seas. When it's blowy here we get very short uncomfortable seas - we call it the 'washing machine' effect on our yachts. Having lived on the west coast of Scotland for many years I was used to the Atlantic swell. Although the wave height is rarely as big here, the Aegean chop means that you can't ride over the waves in the same way.

I have read that some UK built RIBs are not so good in these seas. Any comments?

Short sharp waves are horrible but deep Vs usually handle them well. My Revenger style hull is like a knife going through the water - gives a really soft ride no matter what sort of waves they are.
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