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Old 06 April 2006, 06:46   #11
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I don't think a bench is a problem at the back.
Personally I prefer the standing room at the back - I think having handholds at the back of the jockeys and leaving enough room to stand there is the best layout.

If I'm letting someone else drive my RIB that's where I go.

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I don't think a bench is a problem at the back.
A bench seat is OK in small boats and calm conditions. But on the size boats the OP references they are no use at all if you are going out in any sea.On a larger RIB such as your prosport a bench right at the stern, will still be tolerable in mild conditions, but thats a function of boat length and weight. They are no substitute for a good jockey seat though. A jockey gives lateral stability plus the ability to absorb shocks with your legs not your butt or lower spine.

FWIW the only boat I've been on where a bench seat was comfortable in the rough was Brian's Cyanide, all 9.5M of heavy diesel powered cabin RIB. It was a good place to catch some shuteye on the RB4 trip and became known to all and sundry as 'the executive lounge!'
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Personally I prefer the standing room at the back...
Roy, you can still "assume the position" with a bench seat behind you, and you get a lot more storage space too!

Agree that having someting to hold on to is good... we have pipe lagging tied to ours otherwise your hands get really cold on a long passage!
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Bugger

Bloody hell guys! Do you all work for ribcraft?

Since I came onthis forum my "budget" has already crept up from 10000 to 15000! Will it ever end?

What about these two? (no, they're not ribcraft)

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/LYM006/

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/JBT180/

Be nice to me. I'm new to this lark!
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The Avon should suit you nicely.

Rogue Wave used to own one of the Camel Trophy boats. Ask him what he thinks of them!

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Since I came onthis forum my "budget" has already crept up from 10000 to 15000! Will it ever end?
probably not...
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Bloody hell guys! Do you all work for ribcraft?

Since I came onthis forum my "budget" has already crept up from 10000 to 15000! Will it ever end?

What about these two? (no, they're not ribcraft)

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/LYM006/

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/JBT180/

Be nice to me. I'm new to this lark!
Well, unless you are very lucky to have an unlimited budget, it's never enough for the ultimate boat is it?!

Ribcraft's are good solid RIBs and the 585 in particular would be well suited to your stated requirements. I have no axe to grind for or against them. The advice you are getting is well intended and based on the info you are giving. If you want to spend less or have something less suited to offshore use then thats your perogative.

Of these two RIBs.....the Avon 620 is a good boat, very capable of taking you to the Scillies and back. (I've done that trip in an Avon 620 in a F6). Couple of observations about that particular boat would be that its a tad underpowered and although it has jockeys (good) it has only two so you might want to budget for fitting another couple. The camel rib.......well camel ribs have a lot of weight in the 'scaffold' which serves no useful purpose whatsoever. The Honda 130 is also a heavy old beast. My personal thoughts were always along the line of lose the ironwork and Honda and fit a 200hp Optimax and you'd have a good boat!
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hello there.......i would wait til something else pops up on boats and outboards, because none of the ones you have selected are excellent boats, however some would do sufficient, for the occasional venture offshore, like the avon 620, which although not a true offshore rib, will handle its own in moderate stuff, i would suggest holding on, and you will find a large selection for your budget!!!!! personnally i can recommend a humber, we have a 6.3m ocean pro, and cant fault it. the bombard you list, looks OK, but i reckon you could do allot better, selva, wouldnt bother with it, how about.....

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/RIM021/ as a good smaller boat
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F88106/ slightly underpowered, and doesnt say what seating, but looks good on surface!

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F95240/ This zodiac isnt the ultimate 4x4 of the sea, but its a good boat, and is a good all rounder, not a great offshore boat, but if its just the occassional venture, may do!?!?!
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F79161/ Good small boat
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F88254/

others currently for sale on there would go a bit beyond your .....extended budget haha, which believe me, even when you buy the boat will end up gathering extra costs too, haha

good luck!

p.s. for that money you can almost get a new humber of 6m size with decent suzuki!
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This looks pretty much ideal - I think!!!

6.6m Tohatsu Rib with a 2005 Evinrude 175hp - should go like stink!!!

Don't know much about Tohatsu RIBs but it looks a proper offshore type with jockeys etc.
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This looks pretty much ideal - I think!!!

6.6m Tohatsu Rib with a 2005 Evinrude 175hp - should go like stink!!!

Don't know much about Tohatsu RIBs but it looks a proper offshore type with jockeys etc.
Tohatsu RIBs are similar in design to Solent ribs with the hull having Phantom race boat origins
Looks gd I have to say.

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