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Old 22 September 2010, 16:09   #11
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When it comes to length, I'd go for boat over drawbar every time
Don't get me wrong, I'd have an 8m job if I could store it (oh, and if I had the money of course), but the Ribcraft is also right on the beam limit at 2.1 and I'd prefer not to have to partially deflate the tubes to avoid scraping it through the garage doorway.
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Old 22 September 2010, 16:12   #12
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Sounds like you need a bigger garage




or a good boat cover

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or a good boat cover

I'm always surprised how many people limit their boat by needing to fit it in the garage: I realise storage is an expense / security headache etc but shopping around you can actually find some surprisingly affordable storage without the length/width restrictions you get with a domestic garage.
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I'm always surprised how many people limit their boat by needing to fit it in the garage: I realise storage is an expense / security headache etc but shopping around you can actually find some surprisingly affordable storage without the length/width restrictions you get with a domestic garage.
That may be the case in some areas, but I live close to the Hamble River. One friend pays around 3k a year to moor his RIB on the upper reaches of the Hamble and then has over 30 minutes at the 6 knot limit just to get out to Southampton Water. Another pays 2.5k for six months in a dry stack. Not only would I prefer not to incur such charges (and spend the money on a better RIB than I might otherwise be able to afford), but I plan to fit out the new RIB myself (as I did with my current one) and it's a lot more convenient to do that in my own garage than in some storage shed or field.
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What about moving house?
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What about moving house?
You can rent a county with water frontage in South Wales for 3 grand a year.
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What about moving house?
Okay Dai, you win, I'll move.

That Celtic Manor looks like a half decent gaff. Mind you, my brief reckons I'll have to wait to get in as there's a load of johnny foreigners using the garden next month.
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This is I believe the link you refer to http://www.ribeye.co.uk/ribtec-classics.html
and I am aware the prices can be obtained direct from their offices in Dartmouth.
I would suggest a call to the sales director John Wood to discuss prices available. Having been with them at the show I know the options for you were still available. Happy for you to mention I sent you

I use a 585 Ribtec with 100hp and it works very well on The Solent. The Ribtec brand is manufactured under Ribeye now after they took over from the Hamble based operations for Ribtec. I am sure a few on here were involved and can tell you more about the brand.
Hi Ian

I spoke to John today and he's going to send me some options and prices. Mentioned that you pointed me in his direction and he was much obliged. Eagerly awaiting his email now as, if the price is right, I thing the Ribtec is going to be my preferred option.

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You can rent a county with water frontage in South Wales for 3 grand a year.
No garage though......
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...there's a load of johnny foreigners using the garden next month.
Yes, a load of blokes who get paid far too much for hitting a ball around a field with a stick
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