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Old 05 April 2006, 18:39   #1
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Choices, choices

Well my search continues. Am aiming to see the following in the next few days. Thoughts please. Wants- cruising, some off shore capability, good hull, reliability, go to the scillies(?)

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F94747/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F94764/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/JAY293/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/LYM015/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/JBT089/

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Old 05 April 2006, 18:48   #2
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Thoughts please. Wants- cruising, some off shore capability, good hull, reliability, go to the scillies(?)
I'd carry on searching. None of those have true "offshore capability".
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Well my search continues. Am aiming to see the following in the next few days. Thoughts please. Wants- cruising, some off shore capability, good hull, reliability, go to the scillies(?)

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F94747/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F94764/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/JAY293/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/LYM015/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/JBT089/

Cheers RIBers

Jon
Depends what you are after but I would not call ANY of these a particularly good offshore RIB. Cant see a pic of the Zod 650 but the rest all have Bench seats. Nice for calm water, absolutely bloody useless in any chop. On a small rib with a bench seat you will give yourself backache in any sea!

The Yamaha is actually made by Valiant I believe. The Selva is a waste of time looking at - search for more on this topic, they are very badly balanced RIBs. The Ribeye is a nice deep V but again with bench seats.

Keep looking. Suggest for the offshore part of your reqts you look at Ribcraft, Avon 620, Solent, Parker, Osprey, Scorpion etc etc.
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Have to agree with Mr B they are all abit leisure orientated, nothing wrong with that, all though they are not and never will be offshore cruisers.
If it was me I would be thinking Ribcraft 585.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F95064 very similar to Roy's Voyager.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F92888 maybe a little underpowered....

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/RFT046 Belongs to Robin who posts on here, its yellow!

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F88254

Theres 5 or 6 on Boatsandoutboards, sea trial a Ribcraft 5.85m and then a Zodiac/ Selva/ Ribeye, and then post some photos of your new Ribcraft

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EDIT: agree with Alan r.e bench seats
The ribeye is probably the pick of the bunch you posted. Valiants aren't bad but go for the patrol not the vangaurd range,
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I don't think a bench is a problem at the back.
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I don't think a bench is a problem at the back.
Sure... depends what you want though. On a RIB under ~8m they can be a bit iffy in rough weather at speed though. Sitting at the back is the wettest place on a RIB, and so it can become difficult to hold on! Best ones are the wraparound ones combined with a rear engine well like on Ashleyd's "Scoobydoo" http://www.scorpionribs.com/8.1m.html. As we have an ordinary rear bench, we only consider our RIB to be a 4 seater in a rough sea, and a 6/7 seater in good weather.

That's a good selection of Ribcrafts that ADS has found. I fear that the best value one (F88254) may have already be sold as it looks like Ribald's "Pendragon". May be worth dropping him a PM in case the sale fell through? http://www.rib.net/forum/members/ribald-201.html

The Ribcraft 585 is certainly one of the better RIBs in the 6m class, light years ahead of Yam, Valiant and Selva. My personal preference would be Osprey. If I were in your shoes I would beg, steal, borrow or save up another 5k and have a look at this: 2005 Osprey Vipermax - Mercury 150 Optimax - 20,900.
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Sure... depends what you want though. On a RIB under ~8m they can be a bit iffy in rough weather at speed though. Sitting at the back is the wettest place on a RIB, and so it can become difficult to hold on! Best ones are the wraparound ones combined with a rear engine well like on Ashleyd's "Scoobydoo" http://www.scorpionribs.com/8.1m.html. As we have an ordinary rear bench, we only consider our RIB to be a 4 seater in a rough sea, and a 6/7 seater in good weather.

That's a good selection of Ribcrafts that ADS has found. I fear that the best value one (F88254) may have already be sold as it looks like Ribald's "Pendragon". May be worth dropping him a PM in case the sale fell through? http://www.rib.net/forum/members/ribald-201.html

The Ribcraft 585 is certainly one of the better RIBs in the 6m class, light years ahead of Yam, Valiant and Selva. My personal preference would be Osprey. If I were in your shoes I would beg, steal, borrow or save up another 5k and have a look at this: 2005 Osprey Vipermax - Mercury 150 Optimax - 20,900.

Absolutely agree with Richard I have personally seen that Rib in action and its in excellent condition well capable of handling the rough stuff you could always make them an offer but the difference 5k can make will pay of in the long run
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Well my search continues. Am aiming to see the following in the next few days. Thoughts please. Wants- cruising, some off shore capability, good hull, reliability, go to the scillies(?)

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F94747/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F94764/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/JAY293/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/LYM015/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/JBT089/

Cheers RIBers

Jon
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see Ribs for Sale and look up my demo Parker 630 Diesel , now available for sale . My first one I took down as far as St Malo, Cherbourg and survived F5 to Weymouth, the current one is the best of the 3
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Thoughts please. Wants- cruising, some off shore capability, good hull, reliability, go to the scillies(?)
If you were only after a RIB for some inshore, good weather blasting around then any of your choice would be fine. However, like the others have said, those boats don't match what you say you want. I wouldn't want to go offshore in any of them.

If you can stretch your budget a bit, then a Ribcraft 585 will suit you very well. I wouldn't chose one with less than 90hp on it, but if the price is right you could go with the 75hp and plan to change the engine at some point in the future. For 15k I'd chose an underpowered Ribcraft over any of your short list.

An Osprey would do you well, or you might be able to find a Ribtec to suit. One of the deep V Humbers would give you a lot of capability for the money, if not the best finish. The others suggested by Alan would all be worth considering too.

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One of the deep V Humbers would give you a lot of capability for the money, if not the best finish.
Well I don't know anything much about the subject but as a newcomer I have to say on several occasions when I have been out in my Destroyer when quite windy, I have suddenly found myself heading towards a fair sized bump in the water with rather too much speed on, thought to myself "this is really gonna hurt" and it has hardly noticed it

66kt gust of wind here last night apparently but that is probably a bit TOO breezy
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