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Old 16 February 2010, 20:00   #21
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notice you are from Southampton, why don't you talk nicey nicey to Neil Harvey and get him to take you out on a spin on his Shakespeare 720, boat, very well made boat lovely hull and very well priced from the maker StevetheBoat on this forum.

Ospreys are great boats too . Prosports are iffy

I can't think of any reasons why an old ribtec (pre SA) would be dodgy. The hulls were made by Trio Mouldings and the toobs by Henshaws Wiring might be an issue but if your buying a 4 year old plus boat you should be thinking about a rewire anyway. Avoid the Camel Trophy series.

I'm the most honest person I know and even I would be economic with the truth about fuel consuption so always take that and engine hours wuth a pinch of salt but with your budget you should be able to buy new
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Old 17 February 2010, 02:27   #22
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I can't think of any reasons why an old ribtec (pre SA) would be dodgy.
when was that though - this is a 2005 Ribtec.
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I'm the most honest person I know and even I would be economic with the truth about fuel consuption so always take that and engine hours wuth a pinch of salt
next you'll be telling us people aren't always truthful with top speed either!
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Old 17 February 2010, 17:50   #23
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Do you know when Ribtec started making their boats in SA ???
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Old 17 February 2010, 18:23   #24
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This might do you ? http://www.solentribs.com/PDF%20docs/sr650.jpg
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Old 18 February 2010, 08:46   #25
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You have your list I reckon.

The Osprey Vipermax 6.5 will just be in your budget as a basic package and will handle any Sea's thrown at it, the Shakespeare will probably stretch your money to more extra's or bigger outboard. I think you might like the Beamy deck it has, there is plenty of room to move around for the family and has good performance for a given engine size too. Neil Harvey's Shakespeare 7.2 only has a 175 on the back and returns a healthy 40 knots.

The others on the list are all excellent boats, but I doubt you'll get what you want brand new, but keep you eye open and bag yourself a cheaper RIB and use the remaining money for safety equipment and any mods you need.

As mentioned earlier Bedajim has his Vipermax for sale and I think this would make an excellent RIB for the family. A slight mod to the rear seats would have you sitting pretty.

If you want to look over a Vipermax 6.2 and possible want a ride in my smaller Vipermax, I can show you what I've done with the rear seating that might well be an pleasant alternative to the stand alone Bench and Jockeys on offer everywhere else.
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Old 18 February 2010, 09:00   #26
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These are two photo's of my rear seating arrangement. It's basically a long jockey base mounted sideways with adjoining jockeys in a U configuration.

The advantages are that you are sitting higher up and can use your legs to help support you and take out shocks and so is more comfortable. Your legs are either side of the Jockey and again help support you in tight turns when standing up and sitting down. There is a natural standing area in between the seats where a small child could stand surrounded by seats which I think is very handy. I also use this space for my tackle box and cool box and stops things from going all over the deck.

The only down side I can see is the fact you can't walk between the seats, but on many RIB's I've been on you can't do this anyway.

I have fitted and reversible seat back since these photo's were taken.
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Old 18 February 2010, 09:47   #27
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Here's our Vmax which is geared for 6.

http://rib.net/forum/attachment.php?...4&d=1211993391
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Old 18 February 2010, 13:01   #28
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A good mate of mine over here is selling a Ballistic 6.5 with a 175 Evinrude, only 2 years old. Around 25Kish
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Old 20 February 2010, 17:56   #29
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Thanks for all your advice everyone.

We have found a boat !! A Ribcraft 7.8m, we are going out on it tomorrow for a spin.

Seating for 8, 250hp Suzuki, and in A1 condition

Will let you know how we get on
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A nice combination, I hope it all goes well for you.
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