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Old 23 January 2008, 18:31   #1
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first rib advice needed

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i plan to purchase a rib for use mainly in bad weather on a large lake. My budget is about 15k. I was thinking of a 6.5m zodiac or humber with a 90-115hp 4 stroke. The lake can get fairly bad with short chop. Would a 6.5 deal with this kind weather?
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Yes. I doubt a good 6.5m would have any trouble.

Which lake?

<edit> 90hp would be underpowered on a 6.5m though. Personally I'd want at least 150hp.
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for use mainly in bad weather
?? Now I'm curious. Why mainly in bad weather?
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Old 23 January 2008, 22:24   #4
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Large lake - West Wales - get's rough - need a 6.5m RIB - are you sure it's a lake and not the Irish Sea???
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i live in ireland not wales apologies. I like to get out camping all year round on the islands of the corrib which is a large lake on the west of ireland. It can get fairly rough with little notice which makes it hard to plan trips especially this time of year . I would like to get a rib which would be able to handle pretty much anything the lake would throw at it. After reading through the posts on here a 6m+ rib seems to be the best option. Is there any particular make of rib that is better suited to the short breaking chop of a lake? It doesnt have to look pretty im more interested in capabilities rather then sporty looks. What kinda of fuel consumption would you get from a 150hp 4 stroke? i currently have a sports fisher with the 1.7 diesel cummins and its very economical although its not the fastest with crew and gear onboard.
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How big is the chop?

It will in theory all depend on the height of thechop and the boat:wavelength ratio - I've had good "stay sat down & comfortable" trips in my old SR4 where the 5.8 Ribcraft 20 Yds to my left was moaning about the lump, then the next time I was bouncing around like a lottery ball (even whilst feathering throttle and steering) whilst he was gliding smoothly over the same waves.

Having said that, a 6M boat should be OK in most conditions!
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i live in ireland not wales apologies. I like to get out camping all year round on the islands of the corrib which is a large lake on the west of ireland. It can get fairly rough with little notice which makes it hard to plan trips especially this time of year . I would like to get a rib which would be able to handle pretty much anything the lake would throw at it. After reading through the posts on here a 6m+ rib seems to be the best option. Is there any particular make of rib that is better suited to the short breaking chop of a lake? It doesnt have to look pretty im more interested in capabilities rather then sporty looks. What kinda of fuel consumption would you get from a 150hp 4 stroke? i currently have a sports fisher with the 1.7 diesel cummins and its very economical although its not the fastest with crew and gear onboard.
Hi

I have been out on Lough Derg in really bad chop in a 4m and found it really hard work . The guy beside me was in a 5.4m and had no trouble at all so I imagine a 6m + Rib would have no trouble at all coping .

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Get yourself an Avon SR 5.4m

Great fun and takes the rough stuff for breakfast, this is a completely unbiast opinion.


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BY AN AVON <COUGH>
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Shock horror- I actually wouldn't recommend an sr5.4 for regularly using camping. They don't have enough room aboard to stow camping gear and be able to guarantee to keep it dry. I'd be looking for something with a big console for storage.
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....... yyyeeessss.....

you may be a tad, damp, and you'd only be able to take a one man tent and a frying pan with you. But you'd have a cracking grin on your face.
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