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Old 04 November 2004, 14:30   #1
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Advise about Rib Quest Ribs

Hi our dive club has been looking at a boat going by the name Rib Quest model LR58HT, I have never heard of this make anybody know anything about them good/bad, the one we are looking at comes with a 90 suzuki DF90TUL, with say 6 divers up will this be big enough.

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Old 04 November 2004, 15:53   #2
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Nick, you might want to find out in which country they are made.

Can't help but think they are a bit of an unknown quantity. Always tricky spending dive clubs money. Where there any other thoughts / options ? how about a Parker (from Andre), a Solent, Osprey (hmm very nice ) Tornado ?

http://www.ribquest.com/index.htm


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I looked at the ribquest ribs at the boat show and they seemed well finished and the staff were helpful. The design of the RIB itself reminded me of Ribtec 535 which is no bad thing.
Another make to consider is XS-RIBS for pics or feedback see Limydal on the forum.
At least your club has been persuaded to buy a new boat the fun bit is finding one! Even more fun when its not your money!

May be worth phoning Ribquest for a sea trial.
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Old 04 November 2004, 19:24   #4
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Nick, Saw Ribquest at LBS 2004 but dismissed them as they were an unknown quantity to use Pete's words. I also couldn't help but feel that they wouldn't stand up to daily wear and tear that well (this could have been the white tubes though!!)

In the end I went for an XS-Rib and was one of their first customers. No regrets whatsoever!! Great performance and a very capable RIB. Andy & Thorper's dive club is getting a one fairly soon also so may be worth talking to him. If you've got any quieries don't hesitate to drop me a PM. If it was me personally I wouldn't make a decision on the Ribquest until you talk to Laurence Lock @ XS-Ribs/Barnet Marine. They sell a sh$t load of Dive Ribs so know what they're at!!

Sorry Lads I know its my 2nd time postin this pic but I couldn't find the link to the first thread. Shure tis a good 'un anyway
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I saw them at Southampton boatshow and they seemed reasonably well finished,I requested a demonstation and they said they would set one up soon but apart from a salesman calling me about a week later to see if I wanted to buy a boat,no one has been in contact yet.
To my eye they look very nice but I wasnt too bothered on the console they offer.They do offer other colours then white.
If I was in your shoes,I would insist on a demo first and take out eight people on the demo to see for yourself,a bit of hassle to set up but at lest you could be fairly sure the boat/engine combintion could cope.
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Old 05 November 2004, 05:03   #6
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Hi our dive club has been looking at a boat going by the name Rib Quest model LR58HT, I have never heard of this make anybody know anything about them good/bad, the one we are looking at comes with a 90 suzuki DF90TUL, with say 6 divers up will this be big enough.

Regards Nick.
Nick,

I drove their first pre-production boat last year and it seemed OK - we have assisted with their CE marking.

They were intending to offer good value basic packages.

They are made in England - Manchester way if I remember.

I don't know how they will last as I've not actually used one in anger - best to see if anyone on here has any "user" experience.

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Looking at their list of accessories, I can now see why the cost of a new fully kitted out rib is so extortionate..
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Old 05 November 2004, 08:25   #8
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is it me or does that hull look very familier to something else

i just cannot remeber what

perhaphs its my imagination again LOL
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The Facts

Made in Rochdale (Manchester) by a company who dont know anything about ribs. They turn over millions making shower trays and only make ribs when production is slow on the shower trays. They use Eurocraft for their tubes.

They also use tacky slogans such as "Dont you just love rush hour".
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Ok thanks guys all noted will pass on info.

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