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Old 23 September 2004, 10:54   #11
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I would go for 5.5 to 6m so you can all fit on comfortable + a few friends, seating say 2 x jockey seats + a good bench seat at the back this souled give you some dry storage as well. the kids & maybe you too will want to water sky etc
I would go for a deep V hull as it will give you a much better ride even on a calm day in the solent (solent chop!)
Tubes if you want stability at rest make shore they touch the water at rest
Do make shore you have enough power or you will want more all to soon!
I have a 5.75 Osprey Viper which I can launch & recover on my own if knead be, it is very stable & will plow throw anything, well that if you want to!
It will be great fun
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Old 23 September 2004, 10:56   #12
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Hi,

Been reading the forum for the last couple of months with a view to eventually buying a rib. Firstly though, congratulations on a great site and many thanks for some very informative, knowledgable and very often comical (although not always intended) posts.
I am also looking to buy a similar rib and was at the boat show for that purpose, but have also come away a bit more confused. Looking at a 5.5 to 6.5 with 100-150 engine and towed by 2lt 4x4. To be used off Scottish coast - mainly cruising with mates on the west and capable of the unpredictable weather there. Had a keen interest in XS with full jockey set up and visited Lawrence at Barnet who was very helpful. However, the 'dragon' was not too keen as (a) 'its a bit commercial looking in colour(!!) and (b) she wants rear bench/bucket seats for older friends, children and perhaps even mother(!) for Sunday sails. To an extent I had to agree with her but that may be influenced by the fact that she has agreed to part fund!
The other problem is that most of the more specialised manufacturers appear to be on the south coast which means problems for viewing, trailing the purchase to Scotland and possibly warranty issues. Very close to home I can access Zodiac, Avon, Valiant and Northcraft and occasionaly some reasonable deals appear available (currently a Zodiac 650 Pro with 175 Evinrude + twin axle trailer for 20k (?)). Ribeye dealer also available on the west coast.
Comments/advice welcome please particularly on locally available models and their suitability for purpose.
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Old 23 September 2004, 14:02   #13
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Soupy,

I wouldn't dismiss the XS yet. Fair enough I'm biased towards them (I've got one, she great!! ). As regards commercial looking colours, the 3 standard colours are blue, orange and grey. However you can have the tubes in any colour you want if you are willing to pay extra. Like wise glasswork can be any colour you want at no extra cost. Upholstery can be any colour also but at an extra cost again.

You can get a rear bench seat as well as the jockey set up. A well built and good handling, safe boat. As regards towing, our Merc E200 kompressor will tow it up even the steepest slippery slips (thank God for traction control!! )
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Old 23 September 2004, 14:25   #14
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Hi Whitewater,are you looking to buy new or second hand? I'm now moving up to a bigger Rib so mine is on the market,it's only a few months old,and is fully loaded.send me a E-mail if you require details of her. Hope you have plenty of fun what ever you decide to purchase.If you look on the Gallery section and look at the thread called Bit Of Air you can see a photo of her (The Orange Rib)
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Old 23 September 2004, 15:57   #15
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it's not the length of the boat that affects your towing ability it's the weight. Our 6.5 Scorpion tows beutifully behind a car but the 6.5 Ribtec is a dog because it's so much heavier. I find a longer boat is a nicer tow.

What part of Southampton are you from?
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Old 08 November 2004, 04:52   #16
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Hi all

Thanks for all your replies and sorry I havenít posted back, Joys of working away for a few weeks. Still looking, still confused, reckon Iím going to leave it until the Boat show and wander round there for some more Ideaís.

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Old 08 November 2004, 09:03   #17
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Old 08 November 2004, 12:18   #18
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Have a new 6.5M Solent and absolutely no problem recovering her at Lymington with 2 people with quite a steep slippery ramp with a 2L auto peugeot 807 people carrier. She feels fine on the roads and incredible on the water. A light boat. We are begginers too.
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Old 08 November 2004, 14:15   #19
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Jools on this forum is selling a Ribcraft 5,85 which is an excellent boat and has n;t seen much use cos he works abroad mostly. I am fairly certain it's in the boat for sale sector. If you want to buy secondhand then Searider has a lovely Avon searider for sale and for not much money. Sea Riders are excellent first boats cos you can beat the crap out of em for a year or two and sell em for about 85% of what you paid . If you ar egetting an Avon get a Searider providing you can kive with the seating

I think that the best 5.5 metre boats are Avons and Ribcraft they are superbly built and both go well with a 70 to 90 hp. While we are on the subject don't overlook the Gemini.

If you need some impartial advice I am from Southampton and we keep our boats in Saxn wharf and I'd be happy to chat with you. Relax I don't sell boats so it purely impartial advice if you want it
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