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Old 17 February 2008, 14:13   #11
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think i qualify to add a comment,
i own a 8.0mtr with twin lumps,on the arse end, no complaints to date, and have been bugged for some 4 mths now to sell it, when ever i leave it in the pontoon i get admirers all the time, possibly more concerned with my fuel consumption but i can sell it today at a considerable mark up, Ian Sharlot, says if it was his it would be sold, must admit keeps crossing my mind,
in breif, the bristol channel is god damn nasty at best of times and i have felt very safe and secure in all weathers, few bits i would change, but you buy second hand the damage has allready been done in the set up, some on else req,
all in all a good boat, there are better and faster hulls out there and possibly cheaper, but they are well built by what i can see,
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Old 17 February 2008, 15:54   #12
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Hi, My father has decided to join the RIB world! He has replacement hips and so the seating on a RIB is really important as the jockey style seats spread his hips which is uncomfatble. Therefore the natural selection (i think) is the cobra 7.5 unless there are any other suggestions here. The next thing is the Engine, there seem to be lots of Optimax 200 or 225's around but I cant help thinking that my father would prefer the smoothness of the 4 Stroke.

What are your thoughts, A. are we looking at the right RIB and B. What are the thoughts of Optimax Vs. 4 Stroke and is there any massive difference in fuel consumption between the two.

Thanks so much in advance for your help.....
Andrew

Consider a Ribeye 750/785 with a smooth quiet 4 stroke Yamaha.

Available with a bench seat for skipper, sea kindly, not particular hard core, but an excellent RIB.
I also believe the Cobra to be excellent, as I know a happy owner of a 7.5.
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Old 17 February 2008, 16:10   #13
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Very interesting comment, I was not aware they could come with a bench style seat. I am a Ribeye Playtime 600 owner and very pleased so I will investigate this further....
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Old 17 February 2008, 16:46   #14
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Very interesting comment, I was not aware they could come with a bench style seat. I am a Ribeye Playtime 600 owner and very pleased so I will investigate this further....
Yes my RIBEYE 750 Sport has a bench seat. It has a swing back which means that as alternative to the driving position, the back rest can be swung forward to make a sociable seat facing the rear bench seat

Sadly she will be for sale in the not too distant future.
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Old 17 February 2008, 17:16   #15
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I cant comment on the best rib as I have only ever owned one and although its great I think your dads New Hips would end up as ear rings if he spent any time out in my boat being that it is only a little un

I would have thought some good bolster seats would be worth looking at as they give a variety of supported seating options from standing to leaning to sitting. The Scorpion ones look excellent and are electric as well so easy to adjust on the move.

I would certainly pay a visit to RIBEX this year unless you need to get the boat sooner as it would give your Dad the chance to try out some seating options.

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Sadly she will be for sale in the not too distant future.
This isn't being forced because of the current speed limits furore is it?
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Old 17 February 2008, 21:44   #17
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All boats and ribs have they off days
I remember the tread about the scorpion,
I also remember the tube coming adrift on a revenger that HMS was bring back from the channel Islands, but you never bring that up.
You have never owned a 7.5 Cobra so your comments are irrelevant.
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Would you be happy to take your New Rib on a return to base warranty
Back to the Factory three time each trip being a four hundred mile round trip journey, in the end i was so fed up i had even more work done at my own expense.
I am not turning this into something personal, but i tend not to give advise or opinions unless i can verify what i am talking about.
I never bring "that" up because I never knew about it!!!

Just because you have never actually owned something doesn't tend to make the comments irrelevant.

I would also be annoyed at what you experienced BUT when you buy a specialist product I suppose most things would have to be done back at base unless there are a network of dealers.
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Old 18 February 2008, 04:42   #18
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This isn't being forced because of the current speed limits furore is it?
I think a limit will be imposed but only in a limited section like Westminster to Tower, which won't be a huge problem as easing down in this busy section is not such a daft idea.

The RIB is going to be sold because of a new nipper, and spending more time on the slower part of the Thames up at Richmond, and a cabin cruiser is on the cards.

RIB Snapper (famous for being the lead camera boat for the filming of Harry Potter 5) is going to be sold.

A deep clean and light refurb is planned and then it will make someone a super fun RIB
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Old 18 February 2008, 10:38   #19
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Hi Andrew, I bought a 7.5m Cobra with a 225hp Optimax last year second hand (2005 model year).

The reason I bought the Cobra was for similar reasons to you. I have a very young family (four & one) and felt the Cobra bench seat was not only a more comfortable ride for the kids, but also safer as you sit in the seats as opposed to on them, with no chance of falling off the end as with a lot of other ribs.

This is the first rib I have owned so couldn't comment on how it compares to others but we are very happy with it.

We havent experienced any problems with build quality, quite the opposite it seems very well finished.

We dry stack ours as well which I can highly recommend.

We're not far from you at Southampton so if you or your Father wanted to have a run on the boat I'm more than happy to take you out.

PM me if you want to discuus further.

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