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Old 23 September 2004, 07:47   #1
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Help me choose

Hi all

New to the whole Rib thing so please bare with me, I walked around the Southampton boat show looking to buy a Rib, I must say Iím more confused now after speaking to the various stands. All I know is that I want to tow it so I guess that limits me to around 5-6 mtrs. Any advice would be helpful.

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Old 23 September 2004, 08:04   #2
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Hi & welcome
What are you planning to use it for?
Have you a family & what age?
Do you want to do some long jaunts?
What are you planning to tow it with?
Give us some more of an idea of your kneads!
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Old 23 September 2004, 08:06   #3
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Solent ribs do a nice package on a 5.4 with a 60hp and trailer for around the 11k price tag also, do a 6 metre very nice boats and good finish to them, will have to add that i am biased towards them as i sell them and use them for my training school, quite a few members on here have Solent ribs and they are gaining popularity, they might be one to consider.
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Old 23 September 2004, 08:17   #4
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See what I mean, New to this!

All round boat that will take a family of four, kids fairly large 10 and 12. I have a fairly large car that will tow about 1500 Kgs (Only bit of research that was easy!). Initially plan to limit myself around the Solent, with the other couple of thousand boaters! Would like the capability to go further offshore when I get my a few miles under my belt.

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Nick

See what I mean, New to this!

All round boat that will take a family of four, kids fairly large 10 and 12. I have a fairly large car that will tow about 1500 Kgs (Only bit of research that was easy!). Initially plan to limit myself around the Solent, with the other couple of thousand boaters! Would like the capability to go further offshore when I get my a few miles under my belt.

George
Hi George and welcome to the world of RIBS

will you want to launch and recover with your family car, cos what it will tow doesn't mean will launch and recover ok. I have a Freelander and tows ok my Parker 6.3 diesel on a twin axel trailer (1400kg in total) but up a steep slip it is just no good. I don't launch and recover now just let the marine do it with their tractor

Where do you propose to launch?
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Old 23 September 2004, 08:45   #6
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Rib-X 575

I have nothing to compare it with but, like you, I had a good look around a few months back for something to take the family out cruising and I settled on a RIB-X as my first boat.

Having looked again at all the RIBs at the Southampton Boat Show I still think I made the right choice. I am very pleased with it.
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Old 23 September 2004, 09:23   #7
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I`m on my third RIB now.

I`ve always bought second hand and had boats from nearly seven meters to 5.5meters.

I drive a VW Golf TDI and I have to plan my launching and recovery carefully. All have my boats have recovered no problems when it is planned and done carefully.

My 5.5 Humber was a joy to use and went like a rocket.
My 6.75 Delta was heavy and went through any sea whilst you feel very safe
My current 5.85 RibTec is a nice compromise. It is a fast hull which does not weigh too much or handly badly in seas.

I did look at a new Solent Rib but once I started adding stuff to the base boat it got very expensive. They are very well finished and look the business.
I was very happy with the sales (the boss) approach to me. I was hesitant and not 100% sure on what to get but he was patient and understood what I was trying to get.

My advice would be to go for 5.5 - 6m range (nice size behind a family car but good in the seas) and some thing in the region of 100hp. Try and get a small aux engine also.

Tornado, XS, Ribcraft and Ribtec do 5.85 and handle pretty well. I think it would be fair to call them industry standard size boats so the market is competitive. I would consider a RIBTEC again and serious look at a Solent.

Hope this helps to make your mind up.

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Old 23 September 2004, 10:28   #8
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George,

Having an idea of your budget would make it easier to provide suggestions.

In my experience a nice clean second hand 5 - 6m package can be picked up from around £5,000 up. Have a look through the ribs for sale page and see what takes your fancy.

If you are looking for new then £10,000 upwards would be reasonable.
The Solent package does look very reasonable.

As with Andre I too tow with a Freelander but I would guess my boat trailer is a bit lighter as I have never had any problem with it. (I used to tow with a 1.4 Astra - which was asking a bit much of it !)

Another idea is to try and get out with some people and try their boats and see if you like them. If your ever over my way I'd be happy to oblige.

Have you done any courses ? Get out with an RYA recognised centre (there are plenty around your area, a few with members here !) most will have a few boats for you to try and at the end of the weekend you will not only got some experience behind the wheel - have an idea of what you want from the boat but also got a recognised qualification under your belt.

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Old 23 September 2004, 10:31   #9
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Have a look at the Ribcraft 585.

In fact Ribcraft have a demo weekend October 9th & 10th at Weymouth where a number of there boats will be on the water for you to try.

To book your visit:

Email Jason jason@ribcraft.co.uk
Or call 01935 411846

The following are I belive going to be available

Ribcraft 4.8
Ribcraft 5.3
Ribcraft 5.85
Ribcraft 6.5
Ribcraft 6.8

I have the 585 and am extremely happy with it.
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Old 23 September 2004, 10:46   #10
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Select a boat you can afford then buy the next size up. Very few people buy a smaller boat second time around. This same rule can be applied to houses and wives.(just joking)

The difference between 5.5 and 6.5 can be significant from a handling / seakeeping point of view and I agree that the best way is to try as many boats as possible.

Steer clear of anything with stripy seats , canít say why just do it.
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