Originally Posted by Vincent Vega
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.
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.