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Old 18 September 2007, 04:39   #1
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Advice on my 1st Rib

Hello to you all.

Being a total novice, and looking to make my 1st rib purchase, I would be grateful for any advice that you can offer.

I am looking for a rib, primary use would be as a dive boat for 4 to 6 people.
What size boat should I be looking for? What engine size would you recommend a what would be the basic specification that I would need?

Phil
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Old 18 September 2007, 08:55   #2
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What's your budget???
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Old 18 September 2007, 09:21   #3
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Sorry forgot to mention that about 2-4K
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Old 18 September 2007, 16:41   #4
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hi there, my advice is that you would need at least a 5.5 the ideal engine is a four stroke as they use alot less fuel!!!! you will need aboute a 135hp 4 stroke for 6 divers in a force 3+ wind to get through swell etc with no fuss.
Humber have high tubes and a good beam, however they are not the cheapest. Tornado do a great rib and make a good dive boat. have the console near to the front to have good use of beam for kitting up. You should have a good high transom as a low one will let water in when divers kit up near rear when there is a swell. Also a high nose is good for ruff water should you be caught out. On a 5.5-6.5 mt boat a 5hp aux engine is great and works well.

If you are getting a secound hand boat always put to water in land or sea not just runnning on muffs as it will only show major probleam when you set it to go!
Check piston pressure in a two stroke, make sure water is warm from tell tail. Check all engine warning alarms (if there is any) work in case these have been de-activated to hide a oil over heating issue or such like. If it has an internal hull for fuel and this is not being used ask why! could be a real issue, and slab tanks take up alot of space when you have a full boat.

if you fit a bottel rack make sure the boat is weighted for it! as it can bring transum down and then it will let water in.

All of the above we have found out over the last nine years!!!! good luck
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Old 18 September 2007, 18:21   #5
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You wouldn't go far wrong considering a 2nd hand Avon 5.4m. Good sea boat, and you might be able to get something within budget with likes of an 60- 80hp 2 stroke.

Happy hunting....
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Old 19 September 2007, 02:04   #6
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Billy to give you an idea I bought a 5.4 SR 10 yr old hull and older 60hp 2 st 2 years ago for 4.7 with a rapid roller trailer. Great dive boats the SR's. I think you will be very underpowered if you are only looking to put a 40 hp on what will probably end being (and I recommend) around a 5.5m boat.

If you are looking to go 5 up I would recommend looking at around an 80hp and up. 2 st will be a LOT cheaper to buy than 4. But, as said by April you will get better fuel consumption from a 4 st. I guess it comes down to how often are you going to use and how far are you going to go. It takes a lot of miles to offset the extra cost of 4 st. Also to consider is it is MUCH easier to look after a 2 st yourself.

Just my tuppence worth of course.

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Old 19 September 2007, 04:41   #7
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Thanks for all the comments so far, will take it all on board while i am hunting for my RIB
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Old 20 September 2007, 11:08   #8
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Diving!

Billy
Sod the diving and just get a decent rhib. MUCH less dangerous!
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