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Old 24 March 2005, 15:44   #1
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Bareboat rib for saturday

I have exhausted my contacts trying to find a Rib between 4.5m and 5.5m. Are there any companies that will do bareboat charter or 'rib hire'? Apparently insurance has been difficult in recent months following an accident last year.

I cant find anything of that sotr of size - smallest is about 7m which is too large and too much of an expense.

Was hoping to get out to take some pictures of the Red Funnal Regatta, does anyone know anyone who might be able to help
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Old 24 March 2005, 15:58   #2
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Hi

We searched everywhere a year or so ago and all the bareboat ribs seemed to be 7 metres plus, I cannot imagine it is easy to fit all the required equipment e.g. Liferaft etc in a smaller rib. We found the best deal at the Gemini importers in Shamrock Quay, I think they will still be the ZapCat people too. It cost about 220 for 24 hours all in (except fuel) for a coded (12 persons) 7 metre with 135 Hp.

Good luck.
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Old 24 March 2005, 18:09   #3
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I'm sorted, borrowing a Regal sportsboat of someone very nice!!
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Old 25 March 2005, 06:56   #4
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We used to do Bareboat Rib charters, but It's not much fun! In the long run I don't think it's worth the wear and tear on the engine.

It's hardly worth the grief cos to do it properly you need about 200 quid a day for a 5 to 6 mtr boat and people really don't want to pay more than 70 quid a time. so they start off thinking your a robbing Bar Steward and it's very difficult to add value from that point.

All in all it's not ever gonna be a thriving business, and with the insurance problems it's rarely worth the hassle
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Old 25 March 2005, 15:50   #5
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Its strange that you can hire a 30 000 car for about 38 per day, fully insured. The car is worth nothing after a handful of years, Then to hire a boat thats worth 15k which doesnt depreciate as much as a car costs several times more! There isnt much demand for boats, and that keeps the price up as there aint much supply either.

We hire our diesel Pac 22 out all the time for about 100 per day, less if long term, and its out all the time, I believe that is all nearly any 6 - 7m rib is worth.
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