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Old 07 January 2014, 06:52   #41
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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.

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Hello hope you are well, what you need is a nice white Humber assault with jockey and bench sea at (apologies to all, private joke)

In my experience you may need to go above the 4.8 to get enough beam width to get two in side by side, the ribcraft 4.8 is a lovely boat that is very capable.

The other issue from memory is that ribcraft normally glass their seat pods in so you may end up having quite a bit of work on your hands to swap to a double.

I would continue to keep your eyes open, one will come along
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Old 07 January 2014, 08:06   #42
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I don't think you'll get side by side jockeys on a 4.8, it's quite tight on my RC5.3.

give Ribcraft a ring & see what's possible, or if the have built any 4.8s to that configuration. There aren't many sub 5.5m hulls wide enough for practicable side by side jockeys.
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Old 07 January 2014, 08:26   #43
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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.

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I think you're being overly ambitious for what is still a relatively small boat. The Ribcraft 5.3m would allow side by side jockeys and a rear bench, or alternatively the Ribeye A500, however both models are relatively rare second-hand.

The Ribcraft 4.8 is either sold with a single jockey or double-jockey set up. It is frustrating seating-wise, but you need to think about how often you would have others on-board to justify a bigger boat.

The Ribeye rear seats look excellent. Other bench seats I've seen (such as leisure Zodiac-range) sit too high up and don't have the padding or security that you would require. Depends very much on the sea conditions you take the boat out in, whose on board, age ranges, etc.
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Old 07 January 2014, 10:04   #44
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Hello hope you are well, what you need is a nice white Humber assault with jockey and bench sea at (apologies to all, private joke)

In my experience you may need to go above the 4.8 to get enough beam width to get two in side by side, the ribcraft 4.8 is a lovely boat that is very capable.

The other issue from memory is that ribcraft normally glass their seat pods in so you may end up having quite a bit of work on your hands to swap to a double.

I would continue to keep your eyes open, one will come along
Your Humber is fab, we love it. We had so much fun jumping it out of the waves in Spain last year, that we shattered the base of the bench seat, it's on my list of things to do. ;-)

If I could find the identical boat I'd buy it tomorrow. :-)
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my mate has a 4.8 with rear bench seat. its funny, he rang me as he was deciding whether to buy it or not cos he wasnt sure about the colour!
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Ha ha i saw that one at falfied for sale just before they went bust.. Hope he got a good deal.. Minty freshness or what. Nice engine tho!!
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