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Old 15 July 2007, 15:27   #11
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So was my 500-the foam under the cabin was waterlogged and anywhere that water could collect was full.

Your best bet is probably to go and look at a few ribs that you can sea trial for the cost of the fuel to see what you think. I go through at least 10 gallons every time I take my 5.4 out. Realistically if you want to run all day on a 5 gallon tank you're looking at a 4-4.5m with a 50hp.

As has been said, stick to the bigger makes. You really can't go wrong with a Searider
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Old 16 July 2007, 03:43   #12
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first time rib buyer.

I think i can tolerate that sort of consumption, so i will be looking for a 5-5.5 rib with around the max Hp the hull can take, i did consider an inboard, atlantic or pacific?22 with the cummins b series engine, but they are a big old things to tow, and with the cherryade not being available for much longer there wouldnt be much advantage really, unless you ran on old chip fat! yuk!
on the plus side there are plenty of dirt cheap hulls around for refurbishment so it may be a possibility.
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Old 16 July 2007, 05:27   #13
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A good bwm for sale on boatsandoutboards, its only about a mile from where i live, if you go and view it and need any help then let me know. Bwm are well made ribs with medium to deep vee hulls.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F150767/

I had the same 75 mariner on the back of a boston whaler 15 dauntless and it was very fuel efficient and easily enough power when pulling a skier with 3 people on board.
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Old 16 July 2007, 07:31   #14
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Thanks for the offer tim, its much appreciated, for the time being i am just watching what boats go for, to try and get a feel of the market and seasonal fluctuations, to be honest i would like to spend a bit less on a boat than that, even if it ends up costing more by the time i have fixed it up, i enjoy the satisfaction of restoring things, and it keeps me out of the pub!
i must say though that is exactly the seating arrangement i want and boat size and engine are right too..........must resist the temptation until i know the market better!

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Old 16 July 2007, 07:52   #15
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Thanks for the offer tim, its much appreciated, for the time being i am just watching what boats go for, to try and get a feel of the market and seasonal fluctuations, to be honest i would like to spend a bit less on a boat than that, even if it ends up costing more by the time i have fixed it up, i enjoy the satisfaction of restoring things, and it keeps me out of the pub!
i must say though that is exactly the seating arrangement i want and boat size and engine are right too..........must resist the temptation until i know the market better!

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I did the same as you and let a couple of real nice RIBs slip though the net.
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Old 16 July 2007, 07:55   #16
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No worries , i think that the lousy summer that we are having though is probably keeping prices down at the moment, so now may be as good a time as any to be seriously looking for a bargain?
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Old 16 July 2007, 08:31   #17
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first time rib buyer.

Yes i think you are right, i have been watching RIBS on ebay and after a pre season high there seems to be a few reasonably priced ones at the moment, for once in my life i am actually hopeing we have a lousy summer! Andy is right about one slipping through the net, but likewise if i rush out and buy one now i can almost guarantee to see a better boat a week later, there is a name for it!
What do you know about flooding hulls? what are the disadvantages? a few boats i have seen have been commercial/dive spec with flooding hulls, now i would imagine getting out of the hole is a slow laboured affair compared to a dry hull? if i bought a boat with a flooding hull can i bung it up for leisure use??
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Old 16 July 2007, 11:11   #18
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What do you know about flooding hulls? what are the disadvantages? a few boats i have seen have been commercial/dive spec with flooding hulls, now i would imagine getting out of the hole is a slow laboured affair compared to a dry hull? if i bought a boat with a flooding hull can i bung it up for leisure use??
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As a Searidet owner I would say it depends on what you intend to use the boat for. I keep mine moored (I can see it from the house ) and watching it and other ribs you can see how much more stable they are when at rest and at low speeds. Yes it can take a little longer out of the hole but that depends on the engine and prop combe you use - I actually up propped from 17 inch to 19 as I found it too torquy (still have it for towing ). However, my boat is certainly not laboured getting out of the hole and with the 17 I was planing in seconds.

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Old 16 July 2007, 13:31   #19
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If a flooding hull is much better than a dry hull then why don't leading rib builders such as Ribcraft, osprey, humber and the likes of design their ribs with this concept in mind, is it because Avon patented it or because other rib builders see no need? A rib is a stable enough craft in its own right with the tubes and its low profile giving more than enough stability for a stable platform in the water, i would much rather have the massive wide beam of my boat for stability than i would a flooding hull.
Don't get me wrong I'm not knocking the searider though.
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Old 16 July 2007, 14:45   #20
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flooding hulls

So a flooding hull is little advantage for just messing about, but the disadvantage of being slower getting out of the hole is not worth worrying about, and certainly shouldnt put me off buying one if it happens to have a flooding hull? is this a fair conclusion to come to? i really dont need a flooding hull though and would rather the performance to be a bit more peppy!
cant you just bung them, or do they float too high?

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