Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 02 November 2010, 10:59   #1
NSS
RIBnet supporter
 
NSS's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: cariboo too
Make: WB Generation 430
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 501
Confused? I am!

The more I read this forum, the more confused I become. As mentioned a month or so ago, I've been looking at up-sizing to something of circa 4.5m in length and had been quite seriously considering Avon Adventure, Brig Falcon and Ribtec as potentials for my next RiIB.

However, it seems that there's a fairly vocal contingent on here who really don't rate Avon Adventure or Ribtec (not to mention a number of other brands!).

So, if you were in the market for a 4.5m (or thereabouts) RIB which you wanted for purely leisure use (mainly on the Solent), which would be on your list of possibles?

Please don't say "buy a 5.5m x, y or z" as, whether you agree with it or not, I have to be able to store it in my garage and 4.7m is the absolute max length (plus trailer nose) that I can accommodate.
__________________
NSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 11:09   #2
Member
 
HUMBER P4VWL's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: N Wales Chester
Boat name: Mr Smith
Make: Humber
Length: 6m +
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 5,013
Avon searider 4.7 with detachable bar on trailer.

Whatever you go for, just try and get a deep v hull. It Will make the Solent chop much more bearable. Avoid the newer avon designs and the humber assault, they are shallow v hulls.
__________________

__________________
HUMBER P4VWL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 11:23   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Bristol
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Yamaha
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 4,194
as above, searider 4.7 but rare
Ribcraft 4.8
Ribcraft 5.0 (poss will have to shorten draw bar to fit in average garage)
Zodiac 500 (actually 4.7)
Ribquest 4.7
Solent 4.6
Ribtec 455 (almost the same as above)


with a good 60/50 Four stroke or e tec series they will fly
__________________
matt h is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 11:55   #4
Member
 
Country: Denmark
Town: copenhagen
Make: Avon SR 4.7
Length: 4m +
Engine: E-tec 90hp
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 77
I'm very happy with my Avon SR 4.7 .... and my 90 HP E-tec :-)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	03102010254.jpg
Views:	315
Size:	110.7 KB
ID:	55328  
__________________
njensen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 12:16   #5
Member
 
Doug Stormforce's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Yoda & Obi Wan
Make: Valiant 750 & XS600
Length: 7m +
Engine: 150, 115 HP
MMSI: Various
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,031
first choice

XS
old tornado

second choice

Ribtec
Humber
__________________
STORMFORCE COACHING
web - www.stormforce.biz
email - coaching@stormforce.biz
tel - 02380 231122
Doug Stormforce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 13:13   #6
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset & Hants
Boat name: Streaker/Orange
Make: Avon/Ribcraft
Length: 4m +
Engine: 50Yam/25 Mariner
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 5,551
I'll say it again .....

I love my 4m Adventure ......

Just get one with jockey seats & a 40 hp.
__________________
PeterM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 14:55   #7
RIBnet admin team
 
Poly's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: imposter
Make: FunYak
Length: 3m +
Engine: 2 stroke YAM 20 HP
MMSI: 235089819
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 10,112
Quote:
Originally Posted by NSS View Post
However, it seems that there's a fairly vocal contingent on here who really don't rate Avon Adventure or Ribtec (not to mention a number of other brands!).
Are you sure about the ribtec? although made by ribeye they don't seem to get the same disparaging remarks.

In reality any 4.5 m rib will be fine for what you want in reasonable conditions, and you'll survive even quite bad weather. The point is some people think you'll enjoy it more in a better boat. Whilst it might not get everyone's agreement a boat that works for you in terms of layout / seating / styling (for the wife if she is so inclined) / easy to launch and recover etc is just as important as a boat that can handle rougher conditions - becuase you'll actually use it more.

There is no right and wrong answer - but you need to work out what you are trying to improve by "upgrading" the size - if that is comfort in the chop don't buy a shallow V hull. However despite the dozens of people who ask a very similar question each year - only you can decide which boat suits your needs best.
__________________
Poly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 15:21   #8
NSS
RIBnet supporter
 
NSS's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: cariboo too
Make: WB Generation 430
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 501
Quote:
Originally Posted by Polwart View Post
Are you sure about the ribtec? although made by ribeye they don't seem to get the same disparaging remarks.

In reality any 4.5 m rib will be fine for what you want in reasonable conditions, and you'll survive even quite bad weather. The point is some people think you'll enjoy it more in a better boat. Whilst it might not get everyone's agreement a boat that works for you in terms of layout / seating / styling (for the wife if she is so inclined) / easy to launch and recover etc is just as important as a boat that can handle rougher conditions - becuase you'll actually use it more.

There is no right and wrong answer - but you need to work out what you are trying to improve by "upgrading" the size - if that is comfort in the chop don't buy a shallow V hull. However despite the dozens of people who ask a very similar question each year - only you can decide which boat suits your needs best.
I'm looking to buy new and was pretty much set on the Ribtec 455, but comments I've seen about Ribeye have made me pause to re-consider. I know older Ribtecs are well liked but wasn't sure whether the same would be said of a Ribtec designed hull built by Ribeye or not?

Totally agree with your other comments about "a boat that works for you" being the first consideration, particularly in relation to the layout, but don't want to buy something that I may later find it hard to sell on because the boat has a poor reputation, whether that be for quality of materials/construction, quality of ride (and yes, I do want a deep vee), or simply because of where it may have been constructed (China/South Africa/Korea or wherever).

Am hoping my next RIB will be one that I'll want to keep and use for a number of years so it's important to get it right.
__________________
NSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 15:28   #9
Member
 
Channel Ribs's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: Alderney
Length: no boat
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 3,047
Quote:
Originally Posted by NSS View Post
Am hoping my next RIB will be one that I'll want to keep and use for a number of years so it's important to get it right.


Don't pay too much attention to the opinions on here, or anywhere else, especially the nay-sayers. There is certainly lots of good advice, but the advice should inform you of things to look out for and not for you to base decisions on.

Every boat is a compromise, find the one that fits in with what you (and you alone) need and you will be doing well.
__________________
Channel Ribs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02 November 2010, 15:41   #10
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: West Wales
Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,298
What's your budget and how many seats do you need?
__________________

__________________
Downhilldai is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:40.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.