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Old 03 July 2014, 06:16   #1
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Hello all and advice choosing first RIB

Hi All,

Joined up a while ago as have been thinking of getting my first RIB and now I've done my PB2 course and am in a position to buy my first boat.
I have seen some tatty examples starting from about 5k but it would appear you would get something a fair bit better by spending a grand of 3 more. I realise my budget would have to cover boat, engine and trailer and I could possibly sacrifice the trailer to spend more of the budget on the boat and engine and put the boat on a mooring for the summer then get a trailer in a few months time.

Am looking for something around 5m and at least 50hp to do day trips around the Solent / Poole / Swanage so something that was more sea worthy rather than just out and out fast would appeal. A single jockey seat up front and a 2 seat jockey behind would be preferred too.

Browsing online. I've seen a 2006 Humber pro with a Mercury 90hp and Tornado 5.1 with an older 60hp Mercury which is less money. Would either of these be a suitable first boat?

Any other advice gratefully received.

Thanks in advance - Tim
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Old 03 July 2014, 06:25   #2
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I was in your position, looking to spend around 4-5k on a 5m boat originally, but soon realised a family of 4 were going to struggle fitting into that, and also the examples at the time were "tatty" in this price range. Consequently I went for a bigger boat and substantially more money - but it'll save me having to upgrade in the future!

I think both of those boats will be fine - but my advice is go for as big/new/fully loaded as you can afford while you can.

And then throw a constant stream of money at it while "tweaking" your set-up.
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Old 03 July 2014, 07:12   #3
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Hi Tim,

Welcome.

I'm two seasons into the ribbing experience so I remember being where you are.

I'm currently looking to upsize to a slightly bigger boat but the financial side of it is taking a while to come together, so in the mean time I have been keeping an eye on the market. It does seem to me that compared to when I was looking there is a real shortage of well maintained, if elderly, boats at the cira 5k pricepoint. We bought a 1993 Humber Attaque (basically the same boat now marketed as the Ocean Pro 5.3) with an 85hp Yam 2 stroke on. Despite being 20 years old, it was in decent nick and the last owner had done a load of work on it. I have not seen much of an equivalent quality in the last 12 months or so, gut I have seen quite a lot of shonky old crap.

On the subject of the stuff you're looking at: posting links here would be good, ribnetters are always keen to offer advice! If the Humber is an Ocean Pro than it's a solid choice; we've found it to be a very confidence inspiring hull. Some will tell you it's not a deep enough v, and that may be true (I don't have enough experience of others to comment) but we've been out in sme fairly challenging seas round Anglesey and it has always felt safe as houses. You just need to throttle back a bit earlier than the big boys.

While I agree to a certain extent with what Ovey says, I would also add that as a newb you may actually not be in the best position right now to decide on a boat you'll stick with for years. I know that for our part what we thought we wanted when we were originally looking isn't what we want now because we didn't really know what bit's of ribbing we were going to enjoy most or how we were actually going to use it (as opposed to how we thought we were going to use it). So there may be something to be said for buying something cheaper, getting a couple of seasons under your belt and then making a more substantial investment later when you have a little more experience.

Whatever you buy, it'll cost you twice as much to run as you think it will. That's just the nature of the beast!
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Humber Ocean Pro here...

2006 Humber Ocean Pro, Mercury 90hp 4-stroke RIBs and Inflatable Boats for sale in Hampshire, South East :: Boats and Outboards

Tornado 5.1 here...

Tornado 5.1 RIBs and Inflatable Boats for sale in Isle Of Wight, South East :: Boats and Outboards
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Yeah, you could be right Clamchowder - I have used a lot of ribs so knew roughly what I was looking for in terms of layout, spec, hull shape, etc so didn't have to "experiment" first before getting the boat I wanted. There's nothing wrong with buying a cheaper/smaller boat then moving up. I guess it's a compromise, like most things.

And yup, running the boat costs you a lot more than you'd think!

Both of those boats look pretty good 6950rpm, my personal choice would be to go for the blue one as it just looks an all-round tidier boat, but I'd have a good look around both and quiz the owners/sellers about history, etc before the final choice.
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I don't think you're going to find that Humber is still available. It was on the KB Drystack brokerage list for a while but isn't there any more. User 'Dry Run' on here will know.

Tornado may be a bit under engined? Also the trailer is unbraked so you need to be careful that it's appropriately rated. I'd be surprised if a well built boat like the tornado would come in under 750.
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Clamchowder - you are right, have just checked the availability of the Humber and apparently there were lots of problems with it and it is no longer for sale.

Good point about the Tornado's trailer. Will carry on looking...
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My only tip would be dont worry too much about age of the boat, condition is important especially of the hull, tubes and main fixtures, cosmetic stuff can be sorted out by yourself.

So if budget tight then go for something older which is mainly solid but may need some cosmetic work done, cleaning up, maybe new seats needed etc, wiring needing attention etc etc, rather than something that looks pretty but could be hiding a few major issues.

Perhaps I would call what your looking for with the budget 'something that looks a bit unloved'.

And of course if you find such a thing then spend good amount of time and look hard at all the electrics and re wire anything looking slightly dodgy.

My boat is 10 years old this year and still gets lots of nice comments and I think looks better than some 2 year old boats of the same type. Becuase ive done lots of cosmetic work, re wiring, new electronics etc and look after it.
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I agree. My boat is a 2003 model, but still looks pretty good - the previous owner looked after it fairly well on the hull/tubes/cosmetic side of things, and I always rinse it off, etc. and generally look after it. In fact, at the Witterings the other weekend there were a couple of hire RIBs that were much younger but looked far worse then mine!

I'm slowly going through and improving the other bits and pieces (with the odd bit of help from Ribnet members ) such as re-wiring, upgrading/adding plotter/VHF/stereo, etc, etc. and I'm sure I'll get there - hopefully before SWMBO realises I've spent the kids inheretance!!

I think, as long as the hull/tubes/engine are sound, the rest can be brought up to scratch in your own time as time/budget allows.
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Hi Tim,



Welcome.



I'm two seasons into the ribbing experience so I remember being where you are.



I'm currently looking to upsize to a slightly bigger boat but the financial side of it is taking a while to come together, so in the mean time I have been keeping an eye on the market. It does seem to me that compared to when I was looking there is a real shortage of well maintained, if elderly, boats at the cira 5k pricepoint. We bought a 1993 Humber Attaque (basically the same boat now marketed as the Ocean Pro 5.3) with an 85hp Yam 2 stroke on. Despite being 20 years old, it was in decent nick and the last owner had done a load of work on it. I have not seen much of an equivalent quality in the last 12 months or so, gut I have seen quite a lot of shonky old crap.



On the subject of the stuff you're looking at: posting links here would be good, ribnetters are always keen to offer advice! If the Humber is an Ocean Pro than it's a solid choice; we've found it to be a very confidence inspiring hull. Some will tell you it's not a deep enough v, and that may be true (I don't have enough experience of others to comment) but we've been out in sme fairly challenging seas round Anglesey and it has always felt safe as houses. You just need to throttle back a bit earlier than the big boys.



While I agree to a certain extent with what Ovey says, I would also add that as a newb you may actually not be in the best position right now to decide on a boat you'll stick with for years. I know that for our part what we thought we wanted when we were originally looking isn't what we want now because we didn't really know what bit's of ribbing we were going to enjoy most or how we were actually going to use it (as opposed to how we thought we were going to use it). So there may be something to be said for buying something cheaper, getting a couple of seasons under your belt and then making a more substantial investment later when you have a little more experience.



Whatever you buy, it'll cost you twice as much to run as you think it will. That's just the nature of the beast!

I wholeheartedly concur with everything Clam says above.

Although I have years of experience with boats I'd never owned a rib before last year and bought a modestly priced one with the intention of doing it up and then having time on the water amongst the bigger boats to see how they performed on the water, before deciding which larger rib to buy.

As things have turned out, I'm sooooooo happy with my 5.4 that I really can't imagine anything bigger giving me more smiles per mile and as I don't have to carry a family around on it I've decided to keep it rather than upgrade.

Happy hunting.
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