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Old 18 February 2005, 16:28   #1
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Club diving Rib

First post folks so be gentle with me.
Our Club are looking for a new rib ,this site has helped loads but if possible we need some help now.
Our normal load of divers some with twinsets is around 6 will a 5.85mtr take this?
Will it take us legaly?
At moment were thinking along the lines of the Ribcraft5.85 or the tornado 5.8 another option is a redbay6.1 all these with a four stroke of around 115hp -130
Weve talked to the suppliers of all of these ribs and they say of course your average mondeo/vectra type car will pull these,can anyone neutral say yae or nae?
One more for now are there any other ribs that you folks think we should look at?
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Old 18 February 2005, 17:41   #2
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We've just taken delivery of a XS Ribs 550 hard to beat in my opinion. Good quality.

Avereage car should to the size you mention. However I've seen a lot of smoke from from wheel drive on some slips.

What ever you choose enjoy.

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Old 18 February 2005, 19:15   #3
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club diving rib.

Pickled,
See thread " saloon car towing restictions", I got loads of helpfull advice ref towing with a car of the size you mention, a lot depends if the trailer is braked or not, and the kerbside weight of your vehicle. Also read thread about braked hubs, better if your club has access to a 4x4, solves all those
problems!! Good luck.
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Old 18 February 2005, 20:12   #4
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I thought the question was would the boat cope with 6 people on board plus dive tanks. However it appears to have diverted to whether your car could tow the boat. I had a 5.85m Ribcraft and use to tow it with a two wheel drive 2 ltr car. Although this was ok on the flat when it came to hills it did struggle.


Consider where you will be launching from, ie gradient, condition of slipway. If the slip is steep then you could have problems. Also if the slipway is not used very often you may find it has become slippery when water level is not at its highest.
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Old 19 February 2005, 03:17   #5
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Pickled hi, I used an Osprey viper 5.95m with Yam 115 2 stoke for many years to go diving. The boat coped well with 6 divers and twin sets, but struggled to get on the plane with 8 divers and twin sets and 30 gallons of fuel, but it did just.

Both Ribcraft and Tornado make tough boats suitable for divers as do Osprey and you will need that as ribs operating in the dive boat roll have a tough life, particularly when owned by a club.

I always towed with a 110 V8 landrover so that wasn't a problem. Good advice about the trailer above, I won't have sealed alko bearings again.

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Old 19 February 2005, 07:02   #6
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Hi I have to agree with Peter, I have a Osprey 5.75 Viper with a 100HP on the back & it has copped with 6 divers + with no problems lots of deck space, very stable at rest! When used by our diving club it was pulled by some small ish cars!
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Old 19 February 2005, 09:03   #7
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We have a Delta 5.8m as our club boat and it will take 6 divers all with twinsets with a 90hp fourstroke. It takes a while to get on the plane though so a 115 would be better engine option. Very tough boat which as Pete said you need for diving use.
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Old 19 February 2005, 14:19   #8
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Have you seen Daniels viper in the for sale section ?

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Thanks for your prompt replies
Pete ,our club has recieved a lottery grant so the rib needs to be a new one in order to statisfy condition of the grant, thanks anyway.
At the risk of appearing totally thick what type of rib is a delta?

As most of you will realise I am a diver with very little rib experiance other than its the thing we get into to take us from shore to site..
Unfortunately I have been tasked with reporting back to committee on which Rib is best for us as divers.
We have in our club several " jobsworths" who like to make everyones enjoyment that little bit harder, hense the question of how many divers we can legally carry, the manufactures quote for persons and/or weight and we all know that were all not going to stand on scales before going afloat,so saying the boat will take 6 divers is fine,but will it legally take 6?
Another thing that has come to my attention is that of a four strokes weight being higher up and upsetting the ribs handling,where can i find out about this?

thanks once again
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Old 19 February 2005, 15:31   #10
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Have a chat with the very nice guys at Barnet Marine. It sounds like you need some professional assistance rather than hear'say.

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