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Old 19 July 2017, 09:43   #1
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Am I suddenly incompetent?

I am potentially interested in getting a (new) RIB and, being more or less clueless about them, have had very helpful advice from this and other fora.

As suggested, I have tried to visit websites of various well known manufacturers - lots of pretty pictures and imaginative names etc but nowhere can I find a straightforward list of available boats, together with sizes, specs, accessories etc with recommended prices and delivery details.

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Old 19 July 2017, 10:28   #2
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Old 19 July 2017, 11:03   #3
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I am potentially interested in getting a (new) RIB and, being more or less clueless about them, have had very helpful advice from this and other fora.



As suggested, I have tried to visit websites of various well known manufacturers - lots of pretty pictures and imaginative names etc but nowhere can I find a straightforward list of available boats, together with sizes, specs, accessories etc with recommended prices and delivery details.



RayTJ


Most UK manufacturers build to order and are bespoke, this is certainly the case with Ribcraft. Therefore, spec, cost, lead time are all flexible. Some apparently UK supplied boats are actually imported from abroad, South Africa, Far East, Egypt etc. & these tend to be of a more fixed spec & price, the supplier will often have these available off the shelf. If you want a UK built boat, you will need to speak the the manufacturers concerned for a price.
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Old 20 July 2017, 02:39   #4
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Thank you for your rapid response - I have looked at the sites you mentioned - but nowhere does it specifically state about their bespoke production or give a range of likely prices.
This raises problems for a novice like me:

I can't specify anything because I don't know enough about Ribs!

Prices seem to range from a couple of hundred to a couple of hundred thousand

The 'local' dealers (nearest 70 mile round trip) don't hold any stock

The fora are very helpful (many thanks) and I shall keep investigating

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Old 20 July 2017, 02:48   #5
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Thank you for your rapid response - I have looked at the sites you mentioned - but nowhere does it specifically state about their bespoke production or give a range of likely prices.

This raises problems for a novice like me:



I can't specify anything because I don't know enough about Ribs!



Prices seem to range from a couple of hundred to a couple of hundred thousand



The 'local' dealers (nearest 70 mile round trip) don't hold any stock



The fora are very helpful (many thanks) and I shall keep investigating



RayTJ


I'll give you a ball park figure for a basic Ribcraft in the 5-6m range

5.85m (hull only, no engine or trailer)
Console
2 x jockey seats
Inboard fuel tank
Hydraulic steering
"A" frame

Not much change out of £15k. Add £10k for an engine, £2.5k for a trailer, a couple of grand for a few toys & £30k gets you on the water.
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Why don't you start the other way round.
Figure out how much (total) you want to spend.
Then decide how long, how fast how many pax, what will I use it for etc.
Then ask the forum again what you can get for that spec. and for that money.
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Why don't you start the other way round.

Figure out how much (total) you want to spend.

Then decide how long, how fast how many pax, what will I use it for etc.

Then ask the forum again what you can get for that spec. and for that money.


it always boils down to budget.
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Old 20 July 2017, 03:17   #8
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Xs ribs have prices on their Web site I'd imagine they will be in a similar ball park to other manufactures so should be a good guide to look and say a 4m is £x and a 6m is £y etc
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Old 20 July 2017, 03:36   #9
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I know you say you're after a new RIB, and it's a hike for you, but I ended up getting a 2nd hand rib from JBT Marine (Portsmouth). They were very helpful in taking me out (with my family) on a couple of RIBs so I could get a feel for it and figure out if I liked them, the other places tended to be a "no trial ride without an offer" type places.

I think they do occasional "trial days" where you can go out on several boats. Even if you're after a brand new RIB it might be worth getting on one of these so you get a solid idea what size/layout you fancy in a new RIB.
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As others have hinted , it might not be a good idea to aim for a new rib straight away ! Try as many ribs/layouts/makes as you can before you invest that £30K !

I'm hoping to spend a few days in the not too distant future cruising out of Neyland Marina ( & perhaps one day from Goodwick ) . We cruise out to Grassholm , maybe The Smalls and perhaps round to Tenby when the ranges are not firing ! You would be welcome to join us for a spin the Ribcraft 5.85 !
( bought second hand , but newish 15 years ago ). Get it right first time and you may not need to keep changing...... Bern
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