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Old 29 May 2013, 11:18   #21
Country: UK - England
Town: Malmesbury
Length: no boat
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 9
Thank you for all the hints and tips guys, it has changed a fair amount of what I was thinking.

First one is tethering. I do not plan to tether, but will have a harness on under the life jackets, which will remain foam. I initially thought putting them on the (now know as) suicide seat would be good as I could keep an eye on them all, but will change the plan and look to go for a bench seat arrangement at the back.

It wont just be family based rib fun going on, but having the incentive to go more steady to start with wont be a bad thing. I have seen and got into plenty of trouble at 8 knts so taking a steady approach to it is going to be no bad thing.

I've done some training already, but like with a driving license it is enough to get me to a point where I recon I can start learning.

Cruising will initially be south coast based and I did think about a bit of time on the Severn from Portishead, which is only about 40 mins away from me.

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Old 29 May 2013, 16:06   #22
Country: UK - England
Town: Hampshire
Boat name: Camira
Make: Ribeye
Length: 6m +
Engine: Yamaha
MMSI: 235085732
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 14

Having owned 2 Ribeyes in the last 7 years, firstly i would say that adverse comments about Ribeye quality certainly aren't valid since 2007; remember that Ribeye bashing is a popular sport here on Ribnet!

Turning to the main issue, the configuration of Ribeyes, specifically the combination of a low bench seat, jockey seats and a suicide seat, gives all the flexibility you need for kids of all ages and for a wide range of conditions. Other makes with a similar configuration are much the same, e.g Cobra. Whilst your kids are a little younger now than mine were when we started ribbing, I think the key issues will be where the boat will be used and how often you'll get usable conditions given your young passengers.

Good luck with the research!


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