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Old 17 November 2002, 15:09   #1
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Help required to buy my first RIB

Hi Guys

Im looking at buying my first RIB, any information as to the best manufactures would be a great help.
I was thinking of a 6m boat not sure of the costs involved for second hand, yes i know very little at all on the subject of RIB'S so your help would be very much apreciated.

Hertfordshire UK

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Old 17 November 2002, 15:19   #2
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First of all, welcome!

Definately have a look through the boats for sale page, see if there's anything there you like the sound of that's within your budget. If you find something, ask for any advice or comments on it. If you can't find something of interest, post in the RIBs Wanted forum, someone here might be selling a suitable boat of their own.

Good luck!


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Old 17 November 2002, 15:58   #3
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guess you need to decide what you want to use your rib for ?

where you want to use it ?

and how many people you want to take out on it generally ?

6 metres is in my opinion a fairly big rib when planing to tow and launch it everywhere and will require a fairly big lump on back which equals more fuel

for example in reality if there is only 2 of you going to be out on it, then something like a ribcraft 4.8 with a 60 would be a hard to beat outfit

certainly secondhand between 5 & 6 metres there will be plenty to look at, good place to start is or

would recomend if buying seconhand sticking to a late model and get everything checked out (hull/engine numbers) by marine division of police before towing away

boat show is not far away why not wait for that to have a good look at options
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Old 17 November 2002, 16:19   #4
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try these Some food for thought here I would try to go as long as you can affoard as you will appreciate this lenght in rough weather good luck gavin
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Old 17 November 2002, 19:18   #5
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Several places to find "new" RIBs at good prices are :-
for Ring and Ribcraft
for Valiant Ribs
for Plancraft
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Old 18 November 2002, 03:58   #6
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Hello Martin,

Here are some suggestions.

1. Read the features section on Ribnet - there are some articles on what to look for when buying a rib.

2. Read the articles on RIB International's reading room, here:

3. Read some boat tests - RIB international have a lot online

4. Do a RYA L2 Powerboat coarse

5. Browse the Ribnet forums - the search facility is very useful.

6. Ask some more directed questions back here

7. Go to a boat show

I recommend you do all of these before buying a boat, since you'll be changing your mind about what you actually want as you go. The most important question is, what do you want to use the boat for? (With whom? In what conditions? etc etc etc) Take your time - in my experience it takes a while from a standing start to work out what would be suitable (but it's fun doing so).

Good luck!

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Old 18 November 2002, 05:46   #7
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Re: try these

Originally posted by gavin
[ I would try to go as long as you can affoard as you will appreciate this lenght in rough weather good luck gavin
This is very rude ! he he
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Old 18 November 2002, 15:31   #8
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Thanks very much for all your helpfull coments, this will give me lots to work on..


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Old 18 November 2002, 15:39   #9
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Take a look at this link below. You may find these tales, from forum members, useful when you do take to the water!
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Old 19 November 2002, 02:29   #10
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Buying First Rib

Hi Martin,
I have just gone through this process myself, it has taken just over 6 months to finally get something worth while.

My first piece of advice is take your time. There are lots of adverts outhere for ribs some of them have been on the market for months!!! others have already been sold, adevertise to fill up page space?

Secondly Read everyrthing you can, lots of info on ribs available.

Thirdly scronge as many demo's/ rides as you can. Some rib's handle very differently.

Fourth Work out your budget. Set yourself a limit and allow for service/repairs almost straight away. Unless you can buy nearly new under 18 months.

I had to travel a lot of miles to view boats based on adverts, ask lots of questions of the owner. Some will try and blag it others will treat you as if you are stupid!!! especialluy if you own up to not knowing a lot aboat ribs. But there are some realy nice boats to be found. You have to look hard.

Good luck & Happy Hunting

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