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Old 02 September 2016, 05:11   #1
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Beginner to RIB boating

Hi guys,

Newbie here 😄

Hired a small day boat recently for some river cruising and have got the bug for it now.

I'm interested in a RIB of some kind, just looking for ideas/recommendations/suggestions for a first RIB with a budget of around 1000.

Family of 4 with two young(ish) children so space would be fairly important to us but nothing massive!

Also could use some advice on best outboard motor/bhp to use?

Many thanks for any suggestions, hints or tips received!

Stephen
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Old 02 September 2016, 05:39   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Do you mean a RIB with GRP hull and on a trailer... or a SIB that can be packed deflated into the car.

Also when you say river use... inland or coastal tidal?
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Old 02 September 2016, 06:42   #3
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Your budget will pretty much define what you get.

Best to have a scan through some adds and let us see where you're going. Bit more info on when where you want to use the boat and what for.
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Thanks guys, maybe I've confused everyone by saying a RIB, when what I actually probably mean is a SIB. One which packs away

Main use would be inland river cruising, not going coastal just yet
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Old 03 September 2016, 09:45   #5
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Do you know if you have plans to cruise rivers for the foreseeable future if you could work out a way of getting it to or keeping on the water pretty well any GRP/alloy dinghy type thing with a 4hp would be a better option.

Compared to GRP/alloy a SIB has poor internal dimension for its overall size and they can be very skiddy compared with a conventional boat when it's windy. At sea with plenty of room a burst of power can be used to offset this but less appropriate on the river.

Finally in my experience around slipways, jetties and other places you might stop on the river there are often more tube damaging sharp bits that at sea.

However if you have to use a SIB carried in the car then something with an air floor (for assy ease) around 3.2m with a 4hp would be fine. You will get this in budget particularly as the season winds down starting now as it's Sept.

Remember most rivers require a licence and many charge far more for an OB over 4hp. It can be as different at 4hp 80/yr... 6hp 250/yr.
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