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Old 09 March 2012, 19:47   #1
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Commercial Ribs - Which would you buy???

Hi guys,

I am doing some research for buying a few ribs in the UK to bring to Australia. the rib market is fairly small here are although there are a few good options to purchase out here you need to sell everything you own to afford them.

we are looking at three main size categories for different uses and was wondering if anyone who has seen owned or used any of these boats previously can shed some light on these options.

we would like to stick to a single brand and some of the brands we are looking at are humber ribs & Ribcraft. From what i have heard read and researched they are pretty good options but if anyone has any other suggestions i would love to hear them.

sizes we are looking at are

4.8 - 5m basic boat with two person jockey console and some kind of towing arrangement, yacht club and harbour work as well as inland swift water rescue. with lifting points.

5.5-6m for light offshore work with twin and single engine set ups.

and 6.5-7m option for more heavy duty offshore work. twin engine set ups will be essential for these.

any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
we will be heading to the uk to test these ribs prior to purchase but at this stage i'm just gathering info on potential boats.

cheers
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Old 10 March 2012, 01:35   #2
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Check out MST ribs, we have a 6.8 with twin 140's and its an amazing rib !
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http://www.mstltd.co.uk/ we have had 2 of these ribs for 5 years now and can't say a bad word about them ! Highly recommended
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In my opinion a commercial rib is a ordinary boat that's been put together properly. It's layed up the same. Tubes the same.
You might want to refine your spec into what you want on and in it
There are a lot of things you can do to beef up the areas that wear the most. These are omitted from a normal build as its usually built to a price
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Look at XS, have all that you seek at a reasonable price.
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I'm biased (only because I own one.. no other reason!), but having seen several different manufacturers boats, used in heavy continual and extended commercial use.... Ribcraft, Ribcraft and then Ribcraft
And proud to say British made too!!
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Delta or Halmatic (if you can get Halmatic to build you one)
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You could check out red bay also, would have boats to meet each of the specs you mention.
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I'm biased (only because I own one.. no other reason!), but having seen several different manufacturers boats, used in heavy continual and extended commercial use.... Ribcraft, Ribcraft and then Ribcraft
And proud to say British made too!!
I'd Second that 100%! and I'm sure the Guys in Yeovil would be very happy to show you the Factory,and Manufacturing process,
If you check out the Different Boats Specs properly,they are Very informative
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Hi, we run a Parker Baltic and are so pleased with it its an amazing bit of kit ours is a 10 meter but they have some under 7, take a look at the link.
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