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Old 25 October 2013, 02:51   #31
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Be prepared for you partner to lose interest in the boat fairly quickly. I know this sounds really sexist but a lot of people sell their boat because their wives or girlfriends can't be bothered to go out in it anymore. My wife has been on my (sorry, "our") boat only once this year and even then I had to bribe here with a night in the Old Government Hotel in St. Peter Port. And she hasn't been on the jet ski once since "we" bought it.
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Old 25 October 2013, 03:01   #32
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Be prepared for you partner to lose interest in the boat fairly quickly. I know this sounds really sexist but a lot of people sell their boat because their wives or girlfriends can't be bothered to go out in it anymore. My wife has been on my (sorry, "our") boat only once this year and even then I had to bribe here with a night in the Old Government Hotel in St. Peter Port. And she hasn't been on the jet ski once since "we" bought it.
I'm well ahead of you on that one ! She didn't like my last boat at all and the kids got bored after about 10 mins out from the marina !

This is going to be 95% my toy, 5% trips to the beach. I did actually think about a jetski at first but a bit limited for me when I thought about it hard. I suspect that most of my water time will be on my own with mates and their boats. although my lad is now old enough to get a bit more out of it.
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Old 25 October 2013, 16:40   #33
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I'm well ahead of you on that one ! She didn't like my last boat at all and the kids got bored after about 10 mins out from the marina !

This is going to be 95% my toy, 5% trips to the beach. I did actually think about a jetski at first but a bit limited for me when I thought about it hard. I suspect that most of my water time will be on my own with mates and their boats. although my lad is now old enough to get a bit more out of it.
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Old 25 October 2013, 16:51   #34
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You mentioned earlier that you contemplated a jet ski at one point. I think you should seriously consider buying one over a rib. My Yamaha FXHO is every bit as seaworthy as my boat (pound for pound), is very fuel efficient (0.7 litres per nm), is bl**dy fast and has taken me everywhere my rib has been and more. Check out my YouTube channel for the relevant videos. I only wish I had bought a ski years ago; believe me, they're the best kept secret in boating.
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Old 27 October 2013, 14:45   #35
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Took me a while to find a suitable photo - but here it is

Ribcraft 5.0 with side by side seating and dive bottle rack. It works
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Old 27 October 2013, 15:03   #36
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If you are still considering other models I gather Osprey have a new facility down your way and I've never heard a bad word said about an Osprey...
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Old 07 January 2014, 04:19   #37
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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.
I'm looking at buying a used Ribcraft 4.8. If I bought this one would it be possible to change the layout to 2 x side by side jockeys in the rear. Alternatively would I be able to fit a bench seat behind the 2 existing jockey seats?

Am I being too ambitious? Is the 4.8 just too small for my needs? Any advice from a 4.8 owner would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07 January 2014, 04:38   #38
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We use a 4.8 with a Yamaha F60efi at our beach-lifeguard team at the North sea. It is one of the better boats we have! The only thing wich has gone broke, is the backsupport of the co-driver seat. The pipe used on that is a little thin. It is in the "relax mode" since a couple of years. Have been using the boat for 5 years in heavy seas at the beach, but it still looks like new exept for this seat support..
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Old 07 January 2014, 05:00   #39
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Hi STTu, it sounds like you are in a similar position to me last year. I wanted a rib big enough to take the family, wife, toddler and dog, but also one that realistically I spend 95% of my time on my own or with mates. I am also 2 mins walk from Poole harbour and had little time to actually use it, so needed to be easy and ready to go.

I ended up with a Ribeye 600, and contrary to alot of opinion on here, it has been great and met all my needs. You will likely find one cheaper than the Ribcraft too. Unless you are going to push your boundaries, it will handle anything you will be out in around Poole. A 4.8 may be a little tight with more then 2-3, unless you are happy for some to sit on the tubes.

I save myself 2000 a year by keeping it on the trailer on my drive. I can now leave my drive, and be launched in 20mins, took me alot longer for the first 5 tries while working out the little nuances.

You could also use a summer boat park for some of the year but i think that is about 1000. If I had pots of cash, the dry stack is the way to go.

You are welcome to come have a look if you like.

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Old 07 January 2014, 05:17   #40
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I'm looking at buying a used Ribcraft 4.8. If I bought this one would it be possible to change the layout to 2 x side by side jockeys in the rear. Alternatively would I be able to fit a bench seat behind the 2 existing jockey seats?

Am I being too ambitious? Is the 4.8 just too small for my needs? Any advice from a 4.8 owner would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Base on my experience with a similar sized boat (see my earlier post on this thread), I think you can fit two jockey seats side by side provided you are happy to accept that moving around the boat is a bit tight. Once you are seated, it is fine. Whether it is easy or economical to convert the boat you are considering is another matter. Probably depends on how practical you are.
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