Originally Posted by Melampus
Avon or ribeye?
Volkswagen or Skoda?
Avon (VW) every time
Hmmm...that's a terrible comparrison of car to boat if you're trying to imply ribeye are crap... unless you're still living in 1990?
Am I right in saying a Skoda Fabia is currently '2007 Car of the Year'?
I don't drive one though
There is no doubts at all that Avon make an absolutly 'superb' rib (not in the skoda model comparson...) You will not go wrong putting your money in an Avon, especially a 560 - i think thats a great looking rib, put the slick laid-back double A-frame on the back and they look fantastic
As for Ribeye - I don't have a 500, but it will be my next rib - that or a 550 which is basically the same hull but longer. I have no complaints about mine (a late 03 wavecross) at all apart from the price of the accessories. Mine handels great, is built and finished to a very high standard and in my opinion, looks damn smart.
With a ribeye you also get a great dealership network and service centre's (and from my experience at Lansdale marine, very friendly and helpful staff) there is also the ribeye club which has just launched this year, where you can get branded clothing and join in on organised ribeye cruises. All adds to a more involved ownership of quite an expensive item.
You won't go wrong buying either - for me, between an Avon 560 and a Ribeye 500 (if I had not owned either before) it would probably come down to boat layout (your main use; family trips with kids? diving?) - and if you can configure them both the same, it would be down to asthetics and then my decision would be obvious.
BTW - if you're looking at a new one, i'd wait a bit if you can - I read recently Ribeye are going to have a big re-shuffle with their range, so there might be some new models coming out shortly.