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Old 23 October 2013, 13:17   #21
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I'm becoming increasing keen on the Ribcraft 4.8 with a 60hp....................
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The RC 4.8 is probably the best sub 5 mtr out there, best with in built fuel tank as stability and handling is increased.
ideally better with a 60 four stroke as the 55 litre fuel tanks have all taken 70 litres to fill. should give you a range 110 miles or more if driven carefully.

.........................Im also looking for one
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I've been looking for a decent seconhand Ribcraft 4.8 for sometime now.........
.................I'm looking for double console with a 60 hp, an frame if poss and commercial spec would be good but they are few and far between
A friend who has emigrated is selling his 2005 Ribcraft 4.8m.

Basic summary is:

4.8m Ribcraft, Blue tubes, white hull c/w Mariner 60Hp 4-stroke.
Single console jockey seat.
In built fuel tank
Double A Frame
DixonBate Rapide unbraked trailer.
Various bits and pieces of electronics and chandlery

Needs a small amount of tidying up as been sitting for a while.....ideal winter tinkering

He's looking for around 7,900 for the whole package.

I can gather more information and pictures for anyone that might be interested.
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Old 23 October 2013, 13:57   #22
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A friend who has emigrated is selling his 2005 Ribcraft 4.8m.

Basic summary is:

4.8m Ribcraft, Blue tubes, white hull c/w Mariner 60Hp 4-stroke.
Single console jockey seat.
In built fuel tank
Double A Frame
DixonBate Rapide unbraked trailer.
Various bits and pieces of electronics and chandlery

Needs a small amount of tidying up as been sitting for a while.....ideal winter tinkering

He's looking for around 7,900 for the whole package.

I can gather more information and pictures for anyone that might be interested.
I'd be interested if you can either post or PM

Thanks !
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Old 23 October 2013, 14:14   #23
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Again, many thanks to all those who posted so quickly on this thread. Its encouraging to see that there is such alot positive comments about the Ribcraft boats, no doubt they read this forum too so they must love it when they see stuff like this, better than paid advertising !!

After all thats been said I'm open to looking at a 5.xx perhaps that extra size will be worth it, although I was wanting to keep to 5m max as it helps keep the cost of birthing down and it makes it possible for me to keep at home out of season. I'll put my hands up to being a fair weather boater, the kids and wife hate the lumpy stuff and my bad back is not keen on dropping off the top of 6ft swell. The reality is that it would very much be a "nice day" toy which was taken round to the beaches in Poole and a bit of exploring around Poole Harbour, Studland Swanage etc.

Any ideas or suggestions please let know.

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Old 23 October 2013, 15:17   #24
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A couple of 5.3s for sale here. Not sure about the canopy on the DoneDeal one.
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Rib Ribcraft 5.3 For Sale in Cork : €13,500 - DoneDeal.co.uk

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Old 23 October 2013, 16:41   #25
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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.
I think your idea of "decent price" and mine might be different. I'm always open to an offer but it would have to enable me to replace with something even better - difficult - and definitely not a SR from Matt H.

Seriously, though, I agree that side by side seating is important and makes any trip more enjoyable - communication is easier, it feels more social and if you've got children you're not forever checking behind to see what they're upto or even still there. Others may see that as a disadvantage.
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Old 23 October 2013, 23:01   #26
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Again, many thanks to all those who posted so quickly on this thread. Its encouraging to see that there is such alot positive comments about the Ribcraft boats, no doubt they read this forum too so they must love it when they see stuff like this, better than paid advertising !!

After all thats been said I'm open to looking at a 5.xx perhaps that extra size will be worth it, although I was wanting to keep to 5m max as it helps keep the cost of birthing down and it makes it possible for me to keep at home out of season. I'll put my hands up to being a fair weather boater, the kids and wife hate the lumpy stuff and my bad back is not keen on dropping off the top of 6ft swell. The reality is that it would very much be a "nice day" toy which was taken round to the beaches in Poole and a bit of exploring around Poole Harbour, Studland Swanage etc.

Any ideas or suggestions please let know.

Thanks
If your wife and kids don't like the lumpy stuff then go for the biggest rib you can afford,
My friend had a bought a 4.8 I said I would like to get a rib ,my wife and youngest one did not like it , it's to rough the said , I managed to get them to Ribcrafts demonstration day . You have just missed that it was last weekend. After trying the boats I ended up getting the go ahead to by a 585 . Then my friend had been out on my boat A few times , he then went and bought a 6.4.
It's not good if your family are not comfortable on the boat
The Poole - Swanage coast is great for boating ,I spend a lot of time in Swanage on holiday
How far do you live from the coast , I trailer my boat about , this gives you a lot more options and places to visit
Good luck with what ever you decide on

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Old 24 October 2013, 14:25   #27
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Side by side seating on a 4.8

I would agree with other forumites - if you have the space and can afford it - the bigger the better. But if like me you don't have the space, you might like to know that it is possible to have side by side seating on a Ribcraft 4.8 - I know - I have one which was built to my Spec. (Actually it is based on a 5.0 hull which is the same profile as the 4.8 but slightly longer.) I believe there is only one other around. It is a compromise - you get used to moving around by standing on the tubes rather than walking on the deck, but when seated, it is fine. I have just two seats and a diving bottle rack behind. There would be space to fit another two jockey seats instead of the rack. There is a copy of the CAD drawing on the Ribcraft website. PM me if you would like more details.

I would echo all the earlier good comments regarding build quality, attention to detail.
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Old 24 October 2013, 14:38   #28
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But if like me you don't have the space, you might like to know that it is possible to have side by side seating on a Ribcraft 4.8 - I know - I have one which was built to my Spec.
Go and post some pictures please. I'm sure other members would be interested to see your boat. Thanks.
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Old 24 October 2013, 17:38   #29
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If your wife and kids don't like the lumpy stuff then go for the biggest rib you can afford, My friend had a bought a 4.8 I said I would like to get a rib ,my wife and youngest one did not like it , it's to rough the said , I managed to get them to Ribcrafts demonstration day . You have just missed that it was last weekend. After trying the boats I ended up getting the go ahead to by a 585 . Then my friend had been out on my boat A few times , he then went and bought a 6.4. It's not good if your family are not comfortable on the boat The Poole - Swanage coast is great for boating ,I spend a lot of time in Swanage on holiday How far do you live from the coast , I trailer my boat about , this gives you a lot more options and places to visit Good luck with what ever you decide on Sent from my iPhone using Rib.net
I live about two minutes drive or 15 minute walk to Poole harbour so I really dont want to trailer a rib, it would have to go into one of the local (painfully-expensive) marinas, unfortunatly i have limited time evenings and weekends so i need a "turn the key and go" setup to make it all worth it for me.

I know someone with a 4.5m Apex Rib and its good but I know the waters round here pretty well and that a 6m+ would be ideal, it can get quite scary round Old Harry in small boats, I get a bit nervous when its rough round there.

Arrrghhh !!! It so hard to know what to do. I think I'll get round and look at some boats over the next few weeks. The guys who sell Brig and the Ribeye folks have both offered me sea trials and they are both ribs I'd be interested in as well as the Ribcraft.

Too much choice me thinks !!!
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Old 24 October 2013, 18:33   #30
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It's not difficult.....take every opportunity to trial potential boats, enjoy the time on the water burning non-paid for petrol, then evaluate the market...simples.
You must consider the family and their wants / needs. else you'll never use the final boat.
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