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Old 16 February 2010, 06:03   #11
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we are looking at upto 27k for the right boat

We need 2 singles and 2 double jockey seats. The kids are now 11,9,7 & 6 and are all more than happy being on jockey seats.

We have met Jason at Ribcraft, and although they are the best boats in my opinion as some of you agree 5.85 just wont leave us any room in the boat with the seats that we need.

The man selling the pro sport tells us that it uses 16 litres an hour at 30 knots ! anyone know any different we dont believe him either

If anyone knows of any boats for sale or advice it would be gratefully received
What outboard does the pro sport have fitted ?
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Old 16 February 2010, 06:08   #12
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For 27K you could have a very good 2nd hand 7-8m boat, I'm sure there was a 7.5m Osprey Vipermax over here for 25K-ish, can't remember the details but it was only a few years old.

Prosport have had lots of problems with shoddy quality and by all accounts customer service is pretty awful, although it does vary a lot apparently from boat to boat. My mate has a 6.5 with a yam 150 and has had no end of problems.
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Old 16 February 2010, 06:13   #13
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The man selling the pro sport tells us that it uses 16 litres an hour at 30 knots ! anyone know any different we dont believe him either
That seems very unlikely! Most people reckon on a cruising consumption of around 1 L/Nm - regardless of the boat/engine - so more like double that. I don't know what engine it has but at full throttle a 200 HP 2 stroke will be burning close to 100 quid in petrol and oil every hour.

Bigger boat means:

- more expensive to store (realistically you'll not want to be launching and recovering a 9m boat on a regular basis especially with 4 grumpy children getting in the way!).
- larger engine so more fuel - more fuel means more tempted to refill at the dockside than tow it to a garage = significant premium
- larger engine probably more expensive to service / parts etc
- larger boat to tow (if this is what you plan) - more expensive on fuel, more restrictive on tow car, harder work to move etc.

All the 'silly things' like anchors, ropes, fenders, covers, etc will all be bigger and so add up to more initial cost or more replacement cost when the time comes.
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As the others have said, Prosport is likely to be hit or miss. If you are seriously thinking of buying it then spend on a proper survey.

The Ribcraft 585 is a great boat, but not a good choice if there are regularly going to be 6 people on board. If you want a Ribcraft it might be worth seeing if Solent RIB Charters are changing any of their boats this year - they've got a whole fleet of 6.8 and 7.8s all fitted to a good standand and well maintained.

The Ribtec should be OK, it's a well proven hull design and as far as I know the build quality at Ribeye (who own Ribtec) is OK these days.

If I was in your position I would seriously consider one of the ex-demo Parker 750 diesels, and get them to put a bench seat on the engine box. I had a similar setup which it worked very well, and 7.5m is a good compromise with plenty of space and capability but still easily manageable.
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Old 16 February 2010, 08:59   #15
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You should be able to get a new 6.5m Vipermax for 27k, if you're not too lavish with the fit out. This would comfortably accommodate 6 people on 2 x single and 2 x double jockeys, if you opted for the right console.
A 6.5 Ribcraft is another option, but I don't know if 27k would be enough to buy you a new one.
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Old 16 February 2010, 10:54   #16
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Just a thought pro sport gone out of business no back up
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Old 16 February 2010, 15:41   #17
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I would agree that a 6.5m would be good for 6 people. My Osprey is comfortable for 6, having 2 single jockeys and two doubles. I would be very wary of a Prosport without having an extemely close look at it first.
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I think we have decided to avoid Prosport thanks to your advice and are now looking at at least a 6.5 is going to be the best boat.

I am waiting for Osprey to come back with a quote and then we can compare against the Ribcraft/quest & tech would still prefer a second hand boat upto 5 year old, so will have to wait for the right boat to come up for sale !!!

Thanks for all your advice I will keep you updated
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Old 16 February 2010, 16:41   #19
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bedajim's 6.5m Vipermax, if the (removable) single aft pods were swapped for doubles? Easy & cheap job.
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As the others have said, Prosport is likely to be hit or miss.
Would that be the 9m prosport that possibly hit the Lymington lifeboat at about 40 mph after the crew fell out of it It was an older boat though.

Wanted to buy it off JBT on 11 Sep 2001 (rememberable date) but he was just asking too much unfortunately. Next time I saw it in Lymington about 2004 it had a new GRP bow but the tubes still leaked.

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