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Old 15 August 2007, 15:58   #1
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First impressions.

Before I started on my geriatric RIB Instructor/Commercial career earlier this year, I had spent all of my previous 30 plus years boating on decent sized boats, most of which were semi-displacement hulls.

Since then I have probably done a couple of thousand miles in RIBS - doing courses, giving tuition, doing commercial trips and so on.

I have not driven every sort of RIB by any means, but quite a few makes are under my belt now. Most of them have been around 7m.

To be fair - I have not had "a bad RIB" since I started. The seakeeping of all of them has been impressive.

However, I am pretty much in awe of the RIB-Eyes that I have used.

Last week at Cowes, I drove a 7m with a 225 yamaha. Fantastic soft hull - and a wonderfully balanced package. Plus a goodly turn of speed for an "aging youth" like me. (Sorry Kevin if you read this!)

Today I have been out all day (in winds gusting to F7) in a 6.5m Rib-Eye with a 150 Yamaha. To be honest, the hull (and indeed the whole boat) seemed just as seaworthy as the bigger model and we worked our way through some quite nasty chop at the better part of 30kts with no crashing and banging at all.

If I were in the market for a purchase, I'd be putting Rib-eye somewhere near the top of the list.
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Old 15 August 2007, 17:11   #2
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Well said...I fully agree as long term RIBEYE owner.

They've had some bad press on here in the past from certain poorly informed individuals, but unless you own or drive one regularly, you won't realise the fantastic quality and exceptional performance these boats provide.

Probably the best looking RIBs on the market today, not the cheapest, but they certainly dispell the myth that Scorpions are the best RIBs around.
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I havent had a go on a Scorpion yet. So will look forward to that.
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I havent had a go on a Scorpion yet. So will look forward to that.
It would be interesting to read your write up when you get to try a Scorpion, and how the two makes compare.
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Well said...I fully agree as long term RIBEYE owner.
And therefore possibly not the best person to give an impartial view
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I don't think there's much doubt that some of the early Ribeyes were shockingly bad. Unfortunately this sort of damage to a brand takes a long time to undo. Their current offerings are indeed much better.
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Probably the best looking RIBs on the market today, not the cheapest, but they certainly dispell the myth that Scorpions are the best RIBs around.
However much you like your boat, I'm not sure that many other people would rate Ribeyes over Scorpions.

Still if everyone liked the same boats it would take a lot of the fun out of things!

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And therefore possibly not the best person to give an impartial view I don't think there's much doubt that some of the early Ribeyes were shockingly bad. Unfortunately this sort of damage to a brand takes a long time to undo. Their current offerings are indeed much better. However much you like your boat, I'm not sure that many other people would rate Ribeyes over Scorpions.

Still if everyone liked the same boats it would take a lot of the fun out of things!

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There are plenty vehicles / craft which I have owned which were appalling...and I'm very happy to say so.

The RIBEYE simply isn't one of them.

I can see that my view would not appear to be impartial however.
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Wow - thank you Tony.
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Ribeye

Peter Glad to hear it, we have just taken on a Ribeye 7.8m under managment, she arrives next month.
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your also welcome to try mine.

whilst i have not been in a Rib eye i cant comment on them, i am very impressed with the step up from 6 meter coastline to 7.5 meter scorpion.
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