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Old 19 October 2010, 06:07   #21
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does anyone have an opinion on Ribeyes.
Quite a few people, you shouldn't have to wait long

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Old 19 October 2010, 06:43   #22
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Children, Children, calm down, it's only a rib!

There are, as demonstrated above a fair few opinions here on various makes & models of Rib. Now, as someone who tends to cruise / rescue dinghies / etc on various stretches of water and in numerous borrowed / club boats, there are occasions when a Dory is the best craft for the job. There are also times when a displacement hull is the far better option.

It's horses for courses.


And build quality in any mass produced product will vary. It's a statistical fact of life. Thing is the internet being a "free soapbox" tends to give more of the voice of complaint, because more people will rant about cr@p service / quality than will shout about something that does what they expect it to do. Net result is an 0.1% dodgy build will look like 90% to the casual internet browser....


Better still, go for a test drive. If the boats you are looking at are at a yard / showroom, they should be more than happy to take you out for a spin. I'm sure there are plenty of crewing opportunities down there with the number of ribnet cruises in the area.
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Old 19 October 2010, 07:31   #23
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Better still, go for a test drive. If the boats you are looking at are at a yard / showroom, they should be more than happy to take you out for a spin..
Well said, first hand experience is the way to go...
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Well said, first hand experience is the way to go...
Not if you have nothing to compare it with.
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Dubrus, this is in the bilges now. People's comments, justified or not, right or wrong, are obviously annoying you. There really is no point feeding those that are doing so with more comments. As you say, if you are happy with your boat you don't need to justify it, be happy.

If others ask for comments on a make of boat on an open forum, there will be a wide range of responses, some fun, some annoying, some antagonistic, some useful. Par for the course.

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hi buddy-i have no issues what so ever about negative comments on the adventure-i bought it in the middle of them for goodness sake! lol. the point which is plainly lost was people have pm'd me questioning even buying a rib. i understand their point as i was there a short time ago. also if like when i was looking there was nothing available to compare it with that wasn't substantially older or slightly too big/wrong seat layout etc. in a perfect world i could have went to the maker and got a new rib of my choice built and with my seating but reality kicked in and it sucks.

the only real option i found (at time but market changes) price wise was the ribx which i personally didn't like as you seem to sit above it and not in it and there was one other one-name escapes me now but i will edit if i get it-but anyway it also got bad reviews on here so at that time i thought-wtf will i do here. i wanted a rib-upto 13k ish and i thought was plenty of budget for a 2/3 year old boat with a 4 stroker, under 6m and 4 jockeys out back-i was wrong. i'm not saying they are not available but they are in slim pickings so it was either after 3/4 months of looking i cut my teeth on this or i didn't buy a rib as money would be blown elsewhere. i'm glad i did buy it as not once has it worried me coming from what i did.

if negative comments have substance such as-the avon isn't the best handling boat out there and maybe have a look at X,Y,Z then fair enough-but yet again that didn't happen. maybe you can take an outside look how this looks to potential buyers. that is so much better than it's a renault/$hit etc and they move on missing out on a great pastime. the unfortunate reality people need to consider is the avon offered excellent value for money based on the age (in my case anyway), layout, 10 year guarantee etc. the layout is subject to change i understand ofcourse but something has to give when you buy second hand i quickly found. in my case the name had to give way for my chosen layout.

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< Edit: This thread got split and some of the mud slinging got swept into the bilges. I've copied this post back into the main thread though as I think it's useful. JK >
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So, this thread is probably getting a bit long for this section, but does anyone have an opinion on Ribeyes. There's an interesting looking 6.5 with a Yamaha 115hp on it for sale on this forum. It looks worth considering, six jockey seats so presumably good for six up at speed.
I've moved this out of the "RIBs wanted" section, as behind all the banter there may be some useful information.

I've never tried an Avon Adventure myself, but I would guess that Avon build quite a few of them and for many people they are fine. There have been several people here that have used them though and reckon that the hull design is not as good as it perhaps could be. If you're realistically going to spend most of the time picnicing at East Head, with just the occasional jaunt across to the island when conditions are great, the Adventure will probably be everything you want.

I'm not sure how well you know the Solent, but although generally sheltered the short steep waves can be pretty unforgiving and uncomfortable. Your Adventure may make 40 knots lightly loaded in a flat calm, but a realistic cruising speed is likely to be about half that when conditions get a bit choppy, quite possibly even less. I used to keep a 7.4m diesel Ribtec at Sparkes Marina, and Cowes to Chichester was quite a drag at the end of a long day. In a smaller boat with a less good hull design, it's not going to be much fun for long.

That Ribeye is almost a metre bigger than the Adventure, and that alone will make a huge difference. It's not a bad hull design either, so is likely to be a better choice. Whether or not they are the best choice for the money is debatable, but judging by the number of boats that they are selling Ribeye certainly seem to be getting something right.

It's difficult to get a first boat choice right, because until you have the boat you won't really find out what you want to do with it. I wouldn't get too hung up about it - it you can find something that you reckon will work for you, at a sensible price, then buy it and see how you go for a season. Then you can really start looking for what you want.

Happy hunting!
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Not if you have nothing to compare it with.
Ageed in that respect, but being in that particular boat on the water will give a fair indiacation if it's right for what he wants or not.
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.. but being in that particular boat on the water will give a fair indiacation if it's right for what he wants or not.
As opposed to swimming?
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As opposed to swimming?
As opposed to no boat. "Will it do the job?" rather than "Is this the best possible choice?"

A first boat doesn't have to be the best, just good enough. "The best" will vary depending on all sorts of factors, and until someone's actually used a boat for a while it's difficult to evaluate what they really are.

I would guess that most people with an Adventure are quite happy with it. Until they come here of course!
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It's small but not quite swimming

Just making a point, a few years ago I hankered after a certain hard boat (sorry) and I would have bought one but I happened to go aboard one exactly the same as what I was after and was so massively dissapointed and I didn't even bother to get it on the water!!!
All I'm saying is a sea trial, or even climbing all over it on the dock will give some idea of whether it IS what you want or not...
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