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Old 22 October 2002, 22:36   #11
Country: Canada
Town: sidney b.c.
Make: Hurricand 630
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzuki DF 225
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i am the unhappy owner of a zodiac pro 550 and i would not recommend the pvc models they build. these boats look pretty sitting on some big luxury ship but i do not believe the material (pvc) is what a rib should be made of. i am waiting for a set of replacement tubes for my boat and it is only 4 yrs old. zodiac would not consider any compensation for the fiberglass failures that occured even when they were told by their own service department that the failures were a workmanship issue and not abuse. maybe my boat was built on a friday afternoon! chris

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Old 24 October 2002, 04:00   #12
Country: UK - England
Town: Oxford
Make: Ribtec, Ballistic, C
Engine: 40hp 4 strokes - twi
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I agree something between 5 and 6.5 meters would be about the right size. I think that getting some experience in the boats is a very good idear because understanding how and why the perform and move will give you more confidence and will ultimately reduce the stress of launching a boat for the first time. If you are going to be spending £££££££££££££ on a boat then around £100 on an RYA pb2 course would probably be a good idea. You should be able to find an instructor who will talk the different options of different ribs with you and u may find one who would e willing to go out in the new boat with you. Any way there are a lot of boats on the market so give us a shout for advise when you find one you like the look of.

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Old 24 October 2002, 04:34   #13
Country: Ireland
Town: Dublin.
Boat name: Tender 2.
Make: Valiant DR 600
Length: 6m +
Engine: 150 Optimax
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New Rib.

I may have found the rib. It's a Zodiac 550 pro with a 115 mercury 2 stroke and in perfect condition. The boat was new in 2001 and has very low hours on the motor. The price seems right at £10,500 stg. Any comments please before I write the cheque.

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Old 24 October 2002, 04:45   #14
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I did once own one.
I have a photo of same which I would e-mail you if I could (you have e-mail barring).
Call me if you want on o1803 559800
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Old 24 October 2002, 04:50   #15
Country: UK - England
Town: Edenbridge
Boat name: Scorpion
Make: Scorpion 8.5mtr
Length: 8m +
Engine: 315hp Yanmar Diesel
Join Date: Aug 2002
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Not Sure

I have no experiance first hand of Zodiac Ribs but I'm not sure they are the best boat for you. I would go for a Small Ribcraft or 585 Ribtec. Both these boats have an excellent reputation and they are easy to pick up second hand.

They are well proven sea boats and would be perfect for the family day outs, and of course if you want to croos the channel to Alderney etc you can do so with piece of mind.

Worth Looking At

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Old 24 October 2002, 09:41   #16
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Make: FB 55
Length: 10m +
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Scotty, I agree with Julian, see if you can find a good second-hand Ribcraft before writing out any cheques. Geoff - who posts here - has one, and he has just done a great Channel crossing with his and it went superbly.

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