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Old 25 March 2012, 16:35   #1
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Best Family Rib?

Hi, sooner or later I will have to buy a bigger boat, the kids love the rib and the island and hopefully it won't be long before we start boating as a family.

I'm looking for advice on a rib that will be ok for the following:

1, Suitable for 2 growing kids (5 and 6 years old).

2, Be able to tow with a family sized car.

3, Launch and recover single handed.

4, Good for the longer cruises like Alderney (without kids)

5, Must be able to hit around 40 knots (without kids)

I was thinking 5.8 - 6.5m ? May be Osprey, Ribtec or Ribcraft?

Thanks in advance
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Old 25 March 2012, 16:48   #2
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6.3 Parker is a very good boat
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Old 25 March 2012, 17:02   #3
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Hi, sooner or later I will have to buy a bigger boat, the kids love the rib and the island and hopefully it won't be long before we start boating as a family.

I'm looking for advice on a rib that will be ok for the following:

1, Suitable for 2 growing kids (5 and 6 years old).

2, Be able to tow with a family sized car.

3, Launch and recover single handed.

4, Good for the longer cruises like Alderney (without kids)

5, Must be able to hit around 40 knots (without kids)

I was thinking 5.8 - 6.5m ? May be Osprey, Ribtec or Ribcraft?

Thanks in advance
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Old 25 March 2012, 17:12   #4
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Any respected make with a big enough engine ticks all those boxes.
The important thing is the seating layout which can always be changed.
In fact when you think about it a 5.4 SR could do all of that (hint hint), it all depends on budget really.
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Old 25 March 2012, 17:42   #5
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Another vote for the Parker 6.3-6.5. Bomb proof and a very dry boat which will no doubt keep Mrs whisper happy.
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Old 25 March 2012, 18:09   #6
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Parker 6.3, Diesel, winged backrest
My kids are 8 and 10, they love it and feel so safe, that underway they sleep in the seats
Without kids I go to Helgoland. Last time in a WNW 25kn gusting 30

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Old 25 March 2012, 18:55   #7
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Parker ribs are awesome, I was on 250's Parker on the Jolly to the Folly in 2009 with Andre and I think I was taking pics of Steve in a Valiant at the time.

How much does a 630 go for secondhand? Loved the Black Magic pics although I think that was a 650?

Farewell to "Black Magic"
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Old 26 March 2012, 03:28   #8
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only 2 possibles ... a nice 8.6 shearwater with an opti on it or a parker !

Theyd be my choices right now !
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only ... a nice 8.6 shearwater !
Behind the family car
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Depends what you call a family car !
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