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Old 12 January 2006, 12:42   #1
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Buying a new rib

Help and guidance needed.

I'm looking to buy a new rib. I want something smallish about 5.5/6mtr max.

Lots of single handed so want something I can launch and recover easily, so not too big and heavy.

Looking at Ribeye, but have read lots of conflicting comments on this forum.

I really want something fast 40knts+ and stable.

I have had boats before so have some experience.

Only want something I can blast around the Solent in, IOW/ Lymmington/ Brighton/ Poole etc. Will be based in Portsmouth..

Any ideas/guidance would really be appreciated.

Thanx
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Old 12 January 2006, 13:31   #2
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In that size range, to my mind you'd be well advised looking at the Ribcraft 585. They can be found at www.ribcraft.co.uk.

Well built, tough sea boats, with a dry ride yet fast stable hulls. DJL on here has just ordered one with a yammie 150 on the back, and many other forum members own them.

Solents also well worth a look.
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Old 12 January 2006, 13:45   #3
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http://www.solentribs.com

Obvious bias, but it sounds like it'd fits your bill perfectly. Very fast hulls, light weight, built in Portsmouth. Take a test drive, they have a demonstrator on the water almost all the time.
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Old 12 January 2006, 13:55   #4
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Check out XS were biased but !!

http://www.xs-ribs.co.uk/details.php

on the 550 link the first boat is ours

More piccies on our site. There a Solid build dry ride fun rib.

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Old 12 January 2006, 14:02   #5
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New Solent 585 fantastic boat could be what you are looking for , I am very tempted to buy one for the school . Give them a call after the LBS as Lee is there at the mo arrange a test drive with Kevin and let us know what you think.
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Old 12 January 2006, 14:30   #6
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whats your budget
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Old 12 January 2006, 14:51   #7
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Advice

Thanx for all the advice so far, I will lok at all of the suggestions.

My budget is 22k max, so am hoping that that is enough.

Aren't Ribcraft owned by Ribeye??
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Old 12 January 2006, 14:56   #8
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no they are owned by Ribcraft

Ribtec are owned by Ribeye and there a league of difference between these brands. The Ribcraft being the better

theres a decent ribcraft in the forsale section also these
2 x Solent RIB 5.4m - 50hp ETEC - 9,500 each
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Old 13 January 2006, 07:21   #9
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Take a look at this site

http://www.leewayribs.co.uk or http://www.leewaycomposites.co.uk


you could have a 45kts rib 6.3m and have 7k change. they are in the solent area....
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Old 13 January 2006, 07:28   #10
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My budget is 22k max, so am hoping that that is enough.
My cruising area will be the Solent and my activities will be similar to yours. I am soon to take delivery of an Avon 6.2m. My budget is similar to yours.
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