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Old 07 October 2014, 10:26   #1
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Brig 500 L 2014 0r Ribcraft 500 2010

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I am Looking at purchasing a 5 metre rib couple of options around the same price are a Brig 500L 2013 or Ribcraft 500 2010 20 hours use, to be used around Poole Bay and surrounding areas so nothing to adventurous any unbiased opinions would be greatly appreciated

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Old 07 October 2014, 15:16   #2
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Here I am!

Unfortunately you MAY not get an unbiased opinion on here, especially from me as I have just bought a Brig Navigator.

Save to say, I am very happy with it and that is all that matters I believe. The guys at Wolf Rock are great also.

Happy ribbing
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Old 07 October 2014, 15:32   #3
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Ha Ha Brig Navigator.. Sorry but what a name.. No chance in getting lost in that old boy

Anyway. how on earth can you compare the two as like for like. Its like a Mercedes and and Renault and I'm not biased much.
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Old 07 October 2014, 15:36   #4
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I don't think it was you he meant, however your post will be good for balance when everyone says buy the Ribcraft.
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Old 07 October 2014, 16:04   #5
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Gents

I am Looking at purchasing a 5 metre rib couple of options around the same price are a Brig 500L 2013 or Ribcraft 500 2010 20 hours use, to be used around Poole Bay and surrounding areas so nothing to adventurous any unbiased opinions would be greatly appreciated

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What are their respective layouts/engines/fuel tanks/toys etc? Are you using for a young family, diving, cruising etc? Will your boating ambitions increase, will you want to cross the channel one day? All relevant before we can offer a....ahem! cough! cough! un-biased opinion............. ohhhh bo11ocks to all that, buy the Ribcraft
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Yes, buy the Ribcraft... British built and can be seen during build not far from you, rather than some dodgy foreign make with a broker...
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Yes, buy the Ribcraft... British built and can be seen during build not far from you, rather than some dodgy foreign make with a broker...
Same applies to BMW and Merc
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What are their respective layouts/engines/fuel tanks/toys etc? Are you using for a young family, diving, cruising etc? Will your boating ambitions increase, will you want to cross the channel one day? All relevant before we can offer a....ahem! cough! cough! un-biased opinion............. ohhhh bo11ocks to all that, buy the Ribcraft
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Seriously, consider what you'll be using her for, draw up a list of pros and cons for each boat.......then go and test each one & your carefully considered list will go out the window!

I know which I'd incline to (but I haven't tested a Brig), but it will be your boat & you'll need to feel confident and comfortable with the seaworthiness, handling, layout, use cost and possibly image.

As long as the boat you buy fits th bill, and you're happy with the decision, it will be the right one for you at this time. ......if not you can always sell and buy anthe RC later
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Old 07 October 2014, 17:58   #9
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You don't see many Brigs around but you see plenty of Ribcraft Redbay's etc so that should answer a lot of questions
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I know which I'd incline to (but I haven't tested a Brig), but it will be your boat & you'll need to feel confident and comfortable with the seaworthiness, handling, layout, use cost and possibly image.
you've missed resale value from the list.

I think customer support and after sales belong on the list too. I'd probably also consider how the company markets and sells its products. By all accounts the guys at Ribcraft are very straight forward.
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