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Old 16 June 2004, 03:41   #11
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I know someone on this forum has a Ribeye 6.5m but can't remember their name.
Are you thinking of Peter Smith? Look at this thread: East Coast Rivers
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Old 16 June 2004, 03:46   #12
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It is best not to confuse the two companies just because they are owned by the same person. The RIBEYE range of boats are built for a specific market and price. Based on the very old Peter Kidd designed hull it is good for what it intened use is which is inshore cruising and as it's marketing name indicats"Playtime"
The Ribtec hull is designed bt Alister Cammeron and is proberbly the best in the world. True the two boats are built in SA and there have been problems but Tim Wilks who stillowns a part of Ribtec has grasped the bull by the horns and has sorted out his part of the problem to the point that I am happy with what he is telling me and have just ordered a 585 hull for me to fit out a a plaything for next year. there is no way I would buy anything that was crap!
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Old 16 June 2004, 04:44   #13
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Bought my first rib this year having done rag and stick for a number of years. I got a Ribeye 5m "Playtime" - yes, the name did put me off but I know the guy who owned it and what he had done so it seemed to be good compromise for the family. He used the boat around the coast in the Salcombe - Dartmouth area and I think he now sometimes races on a Banana Shark (?)

Having used the Ribeye nearly every weekend since March I have to say that I'm very pleased. I took it out for the Transat start with some confirmed sailing guys and it was a decent blow - reports say 3.5m + sea running - had a great day and never felt exposed. Boat handled everything very well but then I didn't chase the Tri's more than a mile or so after the start.

For coastal cruising around Plymouth it's been great for us but I understand that it probably isn't the boat to go crossing the channel in. That'll have to wait until I've sold the sailing boat and can buy something bigger!
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Old 16 June 2004, 05:45   #14
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I don't know a great deal about boats history, but I do know kwality construction when I see it. People when they are selling a secondhand Ribeye tend to go to great lengths to point out that it was made in Britain as the Kwality was so much higher. The Ribeye marketing effort is however impressive.

I personally wouldn't buy either...I think Ribeyes are low quality and the Ribtecs are overpriced and the attention to detail on my mates 1 year old 7.5 was a bit flakey in places. particularly the Fuel tank selector. The Hull and tubes are sound though and its fast. I couldn't catch him the other night which was irritating.

There are two points on the Ribeye that concern me one id the track that the seats bolt into I don't think it will pass the test of time and the tubes seem very plasticy to me

Have a look at Ospreys, Gemini's Solent ribs, Ribcraft or a scondhand Scorpion
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Old 16 June 2004, 06:39   #15
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Actually, the 6.5m isn't the Playtime model, but the Sport Model.
I reckon when it comes to quality, have a look at a new one, and one a couple of years old (mine always available for inspection) and decide for yourself along with comparison of other makes.

The reason that in the past as Rogue Wave states that people selling second hand Ribeyes would always point out that they were built in UK rather than South Africa, was that the initial half dozen hulls produced were very poor. They were bought back and scrapped but the mud stuck. However, since then things were sorted out and the quality has been high.

Another thing to point out is that they are marketed with Yamaha, and can be bought through Yamaha dealers. Surely if the quality was poor, Yamaha would not want to be associated with them. As it happens, Yamaha have their name attached to the tubes and transom (or so I've seen on the 6.5m and 7.5m models)

I wouldn't argue that they are as good as other makes such as Scorpion or Revenger, but they are more affordable...and from my experience just a great boat for offshore (maybe not mid-atlantic) and inshore.
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Old 16 June 2004, 06:49   #16
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Just remembered who's got a Ribeye 650. It's "my girls" and they posted a thread with very nice pictures of it on 11th February 2004.

I don't know how to post a link to that thread from here.
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Old 16 June 2004, 06:57   #17
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Just to add my comments I own a 5 Mtre Ribeye which I bought new last year.

I have personally found it to be a well made boat which handles rough water well.

We have done some "long cruises" 100 miles in the right conditions.

Also received good service from Ocean Quay Marine where I bought it.

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Old 16 June 2004, 06:59   #18
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I have a dartmouth built ribeye which I bought from new nearly three years ago. Generally i am pleased with the boat but given my time again i would probably buy something different. Unlike cars when you buy a rib as a novice you don't really know what to expect and look for, I still haven't got that much experience in driving other ribs in different conditions so I don't really know if mine is good or bad. I did my level 2 on one and was hooked since then the instructer has bought a new rib and has replaced the ribeye with a ribcraft ask David Hickman why?
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Old 16 June 2004, 07:40   #19
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Just remembered who's got a Ribeye 650. It's "my girls" and they posted a thread with very nice pictures of it on 11th February 2004.
Looks like this may be the thread?? Ribeye 650
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Old 16 June 2004, 07:44   #20
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I now own the smaller of David's two ex-boats. It's a 5.8m Ribeye Dive - can't fault it really. Solid construction, handles well and has all the extras I need. Apart from seats! The Dive is pretty antisocial as a family runabout with only two jockeys, but mine is one of the last to be made in Dartmouth and feels very solid, without the frills. It's been out in all conditions and I must say, we've (the family) never felt threatened (much). I think I know why David opted for Ribcraft this time, but Iím sure heíll answer for himself if he sees the thread!
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