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Old 24 May 2007, 10:33   #11
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i've heard the the ribeye is pretty bad in the rough stuff, plus they don't use hypalon tubes
as i said that's what i "heard" actually "read" on this forum. The ribeye salesman TOLD me that the tubes were not hypalon. I guess he was wrong or they have recently changed the material that they make the tubes from.

I stand corrected.
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Old 24 May 2007, 10:41   #12
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or you could read this, if you can be arsed as it's a long one...

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=ribeye
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Old 24 May 2007, 10:50   #13
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i've heard the the ribeye is pretty bad in the rough stuff
Really? Maybe you should go out in one and then give us an opinion from first hand experience. Or perhaps let an owner of a Ribeye 500 such as AlexM give a qualified view
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Old 24 May 2007, 11:11   #14
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Depends what you want to use the boat for to be honest, I would choose neither as I assume the Avon you are referring to is from the Adventure range and therefore not a proper one! If im incorrect and the Avon in question has grey tubes and an orange hull then go for it
I would choose something less 'picnic' and more commercial, Ribcraft, Parker, Osprey etc but thats just my taste in ribs.
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Old 24 May 2007, 11:39   #15
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I would choose something less 'picnic' and more commercial, Ribcraft, Parker, Osprey etc but thats just my taste in ribs.
Can't say much about the Ribeye or Avon but we took a Ribcraft 5.3 out on their open day and it was amazing how well it handled the waves, which apparently where 8-10 feet and we had a force 7 blowing

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hi all, I bought a 2006 Ribeye 500, Yamaha 80hp & Bramber RG2 trailor & am very happy with it. It is all down to personal choice & what suits one person others no doubt cringe at, just look at the car market, I know someone who owns 3 Austin Maestros & raves about them.

After reading this forum I went to the 07 Boat Show this Jan almost ready to part with 20k for a Ribcraft 5.3, all specced up beforehand. Then I saw it & sorry guys, unpopular opinion but I just didnīt like it. It was so boxy & landroverish - funny cos Í love the Defender but in boating terms just didnīt like it.

Anyway, at the Boat Show I saw the others I had considered, Avon, Ribcraft, Zodiac Open Pro - all c 5-5.5m & c 20k GBP.

Cut a long story short I didnt actually buy one there & then, Boat Show offers are a bit of a con. As luck would have it I had already asked around & got a demo package (boat, outboard plus trailor) at a good winter price.

Since delivery in March 07 I have put c 15 hours on her & am v happy. I may have changed the helm seating from pod to bench but given the package price I can live without it, & can swap it out at my cost & still have a good deal.

My advice is look at all the forums, scan the ads, talk to the owners & spend your money as you please. Ribs are fun but they come at a price, I just couldnīt see 20 k G BP in a 5m boat & trailor & I expect it to depreciate like a car. I just sold my old boat with a sail & got more than I paid for it after 5 years use.

I donīt work for Ribeye or have any connection with them but I would buy another.

Hope it helps & any queries at all just email.
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Old 25 May 2007, 13:20   #17
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Hi.

I would agree. Try a lot of boats and see what suits you best. I have a Dartmouth built Ribeye and have nothing but praise for its build quality and sea-handling. Even better, the after sales service is brilliant....they're a really helpful bunch. Re-sale value is great.

Everyone has their own views/prejudices and agendas. If we all liked the same boats what a boring forum this would be. For whats its worth, I think Ribcrafts are wonedrful machines but they do look a little "workhorse"...not everyones taste. And when I was buying a boat a year ago they were unhelpful and pretty uninterested to be honest.

Whatever you buy, enjoy. PM me about Ribeyes if you want more info.

Cheers

P.S. I've "heard" Ribcrafts/Humbers/Parkers/Scorpions are made of paper, explode spontaneously, make you infertile ...or maybe not.
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Old 25 May 2007, 13:23   #18
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P.S. Humber Ocean Pro 5.3 = boat equivalent of an anorak. And the hull is made of strawberry blancmange.
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Old 25 May 2007, 19:24   #19
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Avon or ribeye?
Volkswagen or Skoda?
Avon (VW) every time
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Old 26 May 2007, 12:51   #20
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Avon or ribeye?
Volkswagen or Skoda?
Avon (VW) every time
erm VW and Skoda are the same company, Avon and Ribeye aren't!
I see where your coming from though, sort of.
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