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Old 10 June 2009, 07:54   #1
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Hello & advice please....

Hi All, I have just registered on this forum- some very interesting info available. I currently own a Fairline Carrera 24' cruiser with twin diesels. For various reasons (mainly cost related) I am looking to sell her and buy a smallish rib. I have been looking at mainly the Ribcraft & Humber ranges. I am looking for soemthing between 4.8-5.5m and want something very tough & that is capable of 35+ knots. I am not so concerned about looks. Can anyone offer me any advice- I know what I like the look of, but ribs are not my specialist subject.

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Old 10 June 2009, 08:23   #2
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Are you buying new or used?

I'd highly recommend Ribcraft. They are tough, seaworthy boats, and if buying new can be customised pretty much in any respect.

I own a Ribcraft 5.85 and have regularly used 4.8, 6.8 and 7.8's at work.

If you want 35+knots then you will need to be looking at your max length of 5.5m. A 4.8m will just about reach 35 in favourable weather.

My 5.85 with Yam F150 will reach 45knots, and quite happily cruises at 30-35 knots.
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Old 10 June 2009, 08:35   #3
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Define tough?
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Old 10 June 2009, 08:44   #4
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Tough, meaning very good seakeeping, and not too fussed on flashy seating etc. Basic & easy to look after. I own a Landrover Defender- so that gives you a clue!...
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My 4.8 Ribcraft does 34 knots with a 60 hp 2 stroke, reckon a 75hp 2 stroke would prob get close to 38 knots. The seating on mine has two jockey seats which means it can only seat 2 adults in safety in any type of conditions other than calm. (sitting on the tubes is not really viable, at least in my household )
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Old 10 June 2009, 09:06   #6
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The usual answer..

Avon Searider 5.4m, 90hp Outboard (preferably a Yamaha).
Find a decent hull, change the console for something like an outhill console, so not sat so low down.
Should reach just under 40 knots with a 90hp and a decent prop.
Excellent seaboats, can be wetboats if driven hard in the rough stuff, but boat will beat your tolerance levels and always survives!Price from approx 2000 up
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You say cost related - well to be honest if it's just fuel you may find that your twin diesels will be cheaper to run than a big outboard. That's assuming your are sensible in the way you purchase your red diesel..............

A modern outboard of around 100hp will be cheaper to run but if you hit the 150hp mark then no.

Of course on mooring fees - upkeep and other things the RIB will win hands down.
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Avon Searider 5.4m, 90hp Outboard (preferably a Yamaha).
Find a decent hull, change the console for something like an outhill console, so not sat so low down.
Should reach just under 40 knots with a 90hp and a decent prop.
Excellent seaboats, can be wetboats if driven hard in the rough stuff, but boat will beat your tolerance levels and always survives!Price from approx 2000 up
If you buy right you can use the boat for a couple of years and get back what you paid for it. They also come with a considerable amount of overcladding on the toobs. If you want something prettier and less tough then I'd get a ribcraft which are good boats, but a bit overated in my experience. Either boat beats a humber into a cocked hat.

beware a 150 on a 5.5 mtr boat will not be good most boats go well with the max permitted horsepower as laid down by the manufacturers exceeding this may cause insurance problems come claim time
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Old 10 June 2009, 09:29   #9
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People tend to recommend what they already own and much is down to personal taste. Personally you cannot go wrong with a good old Avon Searider 5.4 - its a classic. Good value, great fun, solid, seaworthy. spent endless hours driving them about a long time ago and a recent trip in one reminded me how good they are!
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I'm going to sound like a one-marque parrot but:-
You want Matt H's 5.4 Searider. Really-if seating for 6 isn't essential, buy it. You won't get a more bombproof,easy to maintain rib for the money.
It's here:-
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=30388
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People tend to recommend what they already own and much is down to personal taste. Personally you cannot go wrong with a good old Avon Searider 5.4 - its a classic. Good value, great fun, solid, seaworthy. spent endless hours driving them about a long time ago and a recent trip in one reminded me how good they are!
LMAO!!!

You're right, and I've just done it.

I've done a good couple of hundred miles in a Ribcraft 585 and they are a fantastic boat-but for smiles per mile per , the Searider wins hands down.

The 585 is an excellent boat, but it'll cost a lot more money for a good one. It'll beat a Searider in a following sea, but in a head sea there really isn't anything in it. The Searider is a harder ride though but feels more 'planted'.
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