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Old 09 September 2011, 09:06   #11
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You're just jelous of their frugality. Anyway, at least we don't get wet.

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Old 09 September 2011, 09:20   #12
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Wow - so many replies so quickly - and in work-time too ;-) thanks all,


Perhaps I should have said "fully laden with divers" instead of "6" divers. The size at 5.5m is more important for my investigations, than its ability to carry 6 'divers'. As GordyP quite rightly points out you can fit many more in with single tanks than tech divers, if I could steer the conversation away from that aspect. (Channel Ribs suggested a Parker 5.1, but it's a bit small)


A model with a bigger beam at the same length however might be interesting to give more deck space- like the 2.28m beam vs 2.0m Humber Ocean Pro models if any other manufacturers offer the same option?


We tend to adjust the number of divers onboard depending on what type of diving it is/what they are carrying, but it's always going to be heavier than a handful of people going fishing. The 5.5 is the best compromise for us between ease of towing, storage, single-handed launching when the need arises, fuel consumption, deck space for kitting up etc (a discussion for another topic!)


thanks all again for the replies - keep them coming (and if anyone has a 'winning' model RIB for sale in Scotland/North of England, give me a shout!)


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Old 09 September 2011, 09:43   #13
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The BWM Deepsea series is a beamy RIB, but I found I lacked confidence in fast cruising when the conditions got rough. I always felt safe and had water up to the inside of the transom and still felt safe, handled F6's and greater but at a slower pace that the competition.

I've got a 6.2m Osprey Vipermax which is the longer sister of the 5.8m (made in same mould). I love it! You can move a single console as far forward as you like to gain space for the divers on board. Comes with a choice of under deck fuel tanks up to 220 litres and you can hang a 150hp off the back too
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Old 09 September 2011, 09:53   #14
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When you say BMW Ribs, I wondered whether you meant BWM?
The 21 is very beamy and comfortable. It is not a very deep V, but rides well and copes with the Solent well enough. They were available with outboard or Castoldi jet drive.
In the later stages, Porters laid up the hulls for BWM and eventually retained the mould and marketed it as a Renegade 6500.
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Old 09 September 2011, 10:40   #15
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Ribcraft 585? good seaworthy boat & well built, or at least mine was
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Old 09 September 2011, 11:08   #16
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...without slamming (like an Osprey;-),
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Old 09 September 2011, 11:16   #17
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I had an XS 550, which seems to fit the spec. Solid build and had some really useful removable rear jockeys. Unfortunately, I decided that when I used it in the Solent, too many people were telling me how clean my prop was
Now got something with a higher take off speed
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Old 09 September 2011, 11:22   #18
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Ribcraft 585? good seaworthy boats & used to have well built hatches, at least mine was
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Old 09 September 2011, 11:23   #19
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In 2000 we bought the hull mould for the BWM Deep Sea 21. We designed and made in house the moulds for the deck, seats console, ect. Some of you may recall my Seahawk I,II and III. Prior to making Seahawk III we lifted the bow. It then became a much better rib. Superb sea handling. Black Magic was of the exact same design. Nothing had been changed.

Just before Seawork 2011, this was on the Sunday before so you can check the weather forcast for the Solent for that day, I took the rib from Chichester to Southampton Dry Stack. I was together with my friend Steve. It was blowing a F6 when we took the rib over the Chichester bar. We survived to tell the tale. The rib performed better then I had expected it to. Sadly no camera on board.
My greatest regret is that due to very bad weather conditions we did not manage to drive Black Magic all the way from the Baltic to the UK. We did launch in Calais and crossed there heading for Littlehampton.

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in true Martini style
I didn't say that.......did I ?

ee lad, tha can't educate pork
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