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Old 29 March 2013, 15:45   #1
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Am I mental? Thinking of going back to a hardboat...

Hmmm. RIB net probably not the best place to ask this Q but I am thinking of going back to a hardboat....
I do love the RIB and I think it would be the only thing I would have ever sold with serious doubt in my mind that I wes doing the right thing. I've looked at one of these

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and I wonder if it may be better for my use which consists mostly of spending time cruising between pubs and beaches and fishing. The RIB goes like stink, is great in the chop and has the "Cool" factor but other than that I think a hard boat could be better for me.

More comfort/space, can kip on it for the odd night if I decide to stay out/can't be arsed / to many beers to tow it home, cheaper on fuel (Thinking of an 60 E-TEC), more social for passengers, still do 30 knots if need be, weather protection for less hardy passengers/small children. I just think I would probably use it more than the RIB.

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Old 29 March 2013, 16:02   #2
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Horses for courses mate. If it fits your needs & the RIB doesn't, then go for it. I'd be lying if I denied wishing for a cabin now & then.
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Old 29 March 2013, 16:05   #3
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Any constructive (destructive more likely I know ) thoughts welcome
"Ahead of that is a little fibreglass seat where the captain can sit and under that is the battery. The helm has a footrest, a ships wheel on the bulkhead and an instrument cluster on the top."

That's from your link. I think you should go test drive one and come back and tell us what it was like. If I was buying a boat, I'd like it to be able to be "solid and secure crisscrossing other boats' wakes" too
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Old 29 March 2013, 16:09   #4
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Before committing come up to Plymouth and visit South West Yacht Brokers. They have some on display, I'd strongly advise checking out the build quality before making any decisions

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Old 29 March 2013, 16:11   #5
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They look like quite cool little boats actually. Let us know how you get on!
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Old 29 March 2013, 16:20   #6
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Mrs Anchorhandler is pretty well versed at taking trips out with me on whatever rib we've ever owned and in all our sorties has never been seasick.......until....
We bought a new Beneteau Antares 620 with the inboaed diesel a good few years ago now and from that day on she vowed we should never buy anything like that again. Yes, she had many a conversation with god on the big white pump flushed telephone . She was fine on any rib but just couldnt handle the motion on the Beneteau.

I liked the boat but really missed being able to "drive" it while out in the sunshine.... (yes we did have sunshine back in those days) To me it was a bit like driving a car, comfertable yes but just not the same as feeling the wind in your face

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Old 29 March 2013, 16:25   #7
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They are from ash marine in topsham, looked at one last year, and was quite impressed. At that time they were waiting for one of the fishing / boat mags to complete a review. The engines looked on the light side, and weight if you look compared to a Shetland implies that they are lightweight.

There are a couple of them in exmouth marina, if it was me I would take a test and then speak to someone who has one to see what they are like.

The build quality looked good and at the time there was room for price negotiation.
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More comfort/space, can kip on it for the odd night if I decide to stay out/can't be arsed / to many beers to tow it home, cheaper on fuel (Thinking of an 60 E-TEC), more social for passengers, still do 30 knots if need be, weather protection for less hardy passengers/small children. I just think I would probably use it more than the RIB.
There is much to be said for a cabin or a wheel house on a boat. Realistically will you sleep in it? Its very small (and probably stinks of resin!) so you'd need to be keen to sleep in it, or more importantly you may be sleeping in it alone! Nor did I see any mention of a "head" which I think may also put off the more delicate visitors!

I wonder if the seating arrangements really makes it a more comfortable option for families?
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Old 29 March 2013, 17:08   #9
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Before committing come up to Plymouth and visit South West Yacht Brokers. They have some on display, I'd strongly advise checking out the build quality before making any decisions

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PM me if you have any thoughts Peter. You have obviously looked them over.

I wouldn't consider buying one without of these without a seatrial. Saying that I did when I bought the Destroyer but I knew the pedigree of the hull and had played on plenty of other similar sized ribs.

At the moment I tend to go ashore and pitch a 2 man tent for the night and I'm sure the cabin whilst small would be better than that.

It weights 35kg more than the Orkney fastliner I had which was 3 foot longer. That was built like a brick and solid after 20 years.
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Old 29 March 2013, 17:19   #10
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There is nothing wrong in switching to a hard boat with a cabin and a bit of comfort.
Checkout the Parker Pilothouse and Weekend boats on Sussex Boat Shop and in the latest PBR magazine there is a boat test of the Parker 660 Pilothouse
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