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Old 29 July 2019, 10:30   #1
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Considering an upgrade to an occasional sleeping for two PLUS some kind of zippable weather wrap around. Any suggestions as to manufacturer. Don't want luxury teak etc . Utility with mattress for sleeping bags and basic heads
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Old 29 July 2019, 10:43   #2
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Considering an upgrade to an occasional sleeping for two PLUS some kind of zippable weather wrap around. Any suggestions as to manufacturer. Don't want luxury teak etc . Utility with mattress for sleeping bags and basic heads


Redbay stormforce?
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Old 29 July 2019, 13:01   #3
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A bit over engineered for the Solent? Always think of redbay and Irish sea or oil rigs?
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They have a couple of 8.4s on their brokerage list right now, one of which would appear to suit your needs perfectly. Maybe the KAB seats might constitute "over engineering" mind.
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>>>Don't want luxury teak etc

Thank goodness... the Mrs is banking on a lottery win soon for "that" Redbay do our retirement round Britain tour.
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A bit over engineered for the Solent? Always think of redbay and Irish sea or oil rigs?


What you describe is available from a very limited range of suppliers. Redbay is the obvious name for the brief you provided. There must be some older Excalibur’s around too that would fit that bill.

If you are talking “Solent” then Shearwater from Bembridge O/boards would be the obvious place to talk to - but I don’t think they are necessarily any less seriously designed or priced. I think they did supply their cabin console to ribcraft but probably only a few have ever been built like that?

At the end of the day the person who wants a boat with those facilities probably also wants good sea keeping, robust build, etc. Even the best cabin ribs are very basic - if you want comfort and are only planning to use it on nice days then actually there are other non rib boats that fit the brief better. I guess Andre’s Parker Weekender range might be the interesting compromise in the middle.

There are of course some stupidly priced, shiny ribs with designs than were all about appealing to the homelier half of the buying decision than the rational boater.
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. Even the best cabin ribs are very basic .
Oi!..
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The OP is looking for a vessel with a fabric enclosure - I suppose he could use something like this in homage to your good self!

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It might be useful if the OP gave some indication of budget?

There are a lot of older boats around that might fit the bill - Italian stuff, Oceans, Home mods and so forth. They're going to be into their teens however.

A new RIB with beds and helm shelter will be £££
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They’re more leisure than commercial. What sort of budget you want to put in? As others have said ribs with cuddies are either rare or extortionate
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