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Old 11 August 2013, 03:15   #1
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We are new to ribs and the forum, I have had a trailable sports cruiser for about 8 years now but are actually changing it for a rib.

We have a choice (with a dealer that will take our boat in) of the following:-

Avon 560 with Honda 150

Tornado 585 with a 115 Mercury

Humber Destroyer 5.5 with 90hp Mariner Optimax

We love the layout of the Avon for our use but just been reading a thread that puts us off really.

I would welcome any help or advise from you guys, we won't be dashing across the channel but exploring estuaries and venues like Cardigan Bay and the Scottish Islands.
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Old 11 August 2013, 03:27   #2
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Regardless of what I think of the Avon 560,I don't think it's rated to fit a 150hp on which could mean strutural issues. Check the maximum HP rating.

I suspect one of the others would be a better bet, but it's down to condition.

What's the Mercury on the Tornado? 4 stroke or Optimax? Has the Tornado been retubed?

What conditon is the Humber?
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No of people? Seating on the 3 boats?
Are you diving or anthing like that that involves carrying extra kit?
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Old 11 August 2013, 03:43   #4
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The dealer said it was a 150hp on the phone but i've looked at a picture and it seems to be a 115 does that sound more realistic?
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We normally have a max of two couples and maybe a couple of kids with us,

seating wise the avon has a bench at the back and two seats on the front of the console. Both the Tornado and the humber have a single console seat and two rear jockey seats.
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Old 11 August 2013, 04:13   #7
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All three have pros and cons. Bottom line in my book is;

Initial cost to purchase
Running costs - service and fuel use
Seating / lay up for your planned use
Towing - weight V towing vehicle and launch sites
Storage - space, movability, length etc

First look of love - once viewed which did you look at and think MINE?

I'd happily have all three but none of them tick my questions above.


Which dealer and are there pics on their web site?
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Old 11 August 2013, 04:45   #8
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All 3 boats would do what you want, but some might let you do it more comfortably and/or in a wider range of conditions. All boats are a compromise.
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Old 11 August 2013, 04:52   #9
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Hi Fellars
the boats are on the JBT site, www.ribsforsale.co.uk the avon is not the actual one though, thats been sold already.
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It's very easy to get impatient and loose out in the long run, what boat have you got at the moment and what is it worth?
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