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Old 22 October 2013, 17:24   #11
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Great RIB's/Hulls
Very Robust Pro Build throughout the Range...little less Stylish than some.But for hard use and Good Sea-Keeping they take some beating!
If you go new, the Bespoke Options are many and varied..
I would say look at a lot of Set-up's/Configurations and take your time to decide WHICH SIZE RIB you want/need... and how YOU it want Rigged to suit your type of Boating...Happy to help if you pm me.
Plenty of good advice on here too.
The Guys at Ribcraft are always pleased to give a Factory tour too,which is a good insight,and enjoyable.
Good Luck.
(Nice 4.8 with 60 Yam 2stk in the For Sale section at the mo)
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Old 22 October 2013, 17:57   #12
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All the RibCraft 4.8's Ive seen in photos seem to have the steering console so far forward ... it looks weird.

Has anybody operated a RibCraft 4.8 with a tiller handle? I wonder if the bow rise is so high that you might not be able to see ahead without the seating console to raise you up...
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Old 22 October 2013, 18:01   #13
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All the RibCraft 4.8's Ive seen in photos seem to have the steering console so far forward ... it looks weird.

Has anybody operated a RibCraft 4.8 with a tiller handle? I wonder if the bow rise is so high that you might not be able to see ahead without the seating console to raise you up...
Maybe you should try DRIVEING one Sometime
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Old 22 October 2013, 19:02   #14
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Has anybody operated a RibCraft 4.8 with a tiller handle? I wonder if the bow rise is so high that you might not be able to see ahead without the seating console to raise you up...
I've only ever seen the Ribcraft 4.8m with single or double jockeys. It would be impractical to run it with a tiller, considering most engine configurations are in the region of 60hp. My Tohatsu isn't a light-weight, even for a 2-stroke at 120kg. In addition, the forward driving position is perfect for keeping the bow down if you're out yourself. If you were at the transom the boat would be very difficult to control in my opinion. I wouldn't say the boat bow rise is particularly noticeable. It gives a fairly dry ride even when the going gets tough. Here's a side on shot of mine. That's my brother... cheery isn't he!
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Old 23 October 2013, 02:46   #15
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Thanks for all the feedback everyone, certainly seems that Ribcraft have a few fans here !

I originaly wanted a 6m - 7m boat but the costs for birthing are so rediculously expensive down here that at least with 5m or less I had put it on the drive or in the garage and also take a cheaper seasonal birth rather than a full 12 month dry stack or marina birth. Seems that cost per meter becomes better value the bigger you go but I'm pretty sure that 5m max will be ideal.
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If you can stretch to 5.3 - either RC or similar you get a lot more options for seating and consoles etc.

Personally I don't like the all in one console/jockey set ups, I like to move around the boat more easily.

Deciding the spec of my boat took a long time, but was worth it.
Only regret in hindsight was not fitting a bigger chart plotter / positioning it differently, but there will always be compromises on a smaller boat.

Decide what you think is vital, what is "nice to have" arrange some tests - really important to try some variants before shelling out lots of dosh.

Do pm me if I can help more
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Old 23 October 2013, 03:51   #17
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If you can stretch to 5.3 - either RC or similar you get a lot more options for seating and consoles etc.
If you want a small RIB for family use then a Ribcraft 5.3 with side by side seating takes a lot of beating. It has a proper deep V hull that punches well above it's weight.

Unlike most boats this size it will seat four people properly, plus has room for extras standing (or sitting on the tubes) for short trips in good conditions.
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I have helmed a RC5.3 (Aquahound owned by lakelandterrier) and it was a superb rib. Handled like a much bigger boat. If I was looking for something that big the RC would be on my shortlist.

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Old 23 October 2013, 04:33   #19
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I have helmed a RC5.3 (Aquahound owned by lakelandterrier) and it was a superb rib. Handled like a much bigger boat. If I was looking for something that big the RC would be on my shortlist.
If there was decent priced 5.3 RC with side by side jockeys I'd be buying it . This and the 5m ribeye are the only 5ish m boats I've found with the option to get side by side - which for me would be essential.
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If there was decent priced 5.3 RC with side by side jockeys I'd be buying it . This and the 5m ribeye are the only 5ish m boats I've found with the option to get side by side - which for me would be essential.
The R.C 545 is a Hell of Good Boat for the length and takes side by seating very easily Pete.Also Has a Very Deep V (Unlike the 5.3) and is Dryer rider than a 585!...ALSO takes a Large Outbourd if you want some realy Good performance!.
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