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Old 15 February 2010, 16:37   #1
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Help with Pro sport Ribs

Hi I am looking at buying a 9m prosport rib but have never heard of them, I would appreciate any advice on this company.

We have test driven Ribcraft and Ribtech does this company compare ?

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Old 15 February 2010, 17:03   #2
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If you search the forum you'll find a few interesting threads on Prosport.

I'm guessing this is an old boat?

From memory here is a brief summary. Prosport hull form is very similar (copy?) to the highly respected Revenger. They were made in Guernsey. Some people seem very happy with them but others had some quality issues. Probably the longest Prosport thread on here is about Codprawn's boat - and he certainly had some issues with the builder although I think he was happy with the boat. The company/moulds were sold to someone in the UK; although not been much about them on here since then - so maybe never took off?

Ribcrafts are generally well liked/respected here.
Several people here are also fans of Ribtec - although if its an old boat then beware there was a phase when some customers weren't happy with quality.
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Given the choice of the three I'd buy a Ribcraft.
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Old 15 February 2010, 17:47   #4
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This is a 2005 boat

We do love the ribcraft, but it is a choice between a new Ribcraft 5.85m or a 05 Ribtech 7.85 or this pro sport 9m 2005

We are a large family with 4 young children so we need seating on jockey seats for 6 people. We dont like the bench style seats
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It'd be a new Ribcraft then. Jase is a member on here and I'm sure he'd help you get sorted.
Matt H got a 5m from them which he seems to be very happy with.
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This is a 2005 boat

We do love the ribcraft, but it is a choice between a new Ribcraft 5.85m or a 05 Ribtech 7.85 or this pro sport 9m 2005

We are a large family with 4 young children so we need seating on jockey seats for 6 people. We dont like the bench style seats
that strikes me as an odd mixture of possibilities - I guess the common factor is the price bracket? But running costs are going to vary hugely also - I expect. how young are the kids? whilst I personally prefer jockey's to benches with little kids a bench at the back may be better - especially if they don't have the leg length/strength to use jockey's properly.
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As Polwart says, those boats are very different and there'll be a wide range of advantages/disadvantages in each. Maybe try them out first to see which (if any) does what you want from it before deciding.

If on the new 585, you're thinking that a seat in front of the console will accommodate 2 people, then think again, 'cos it's not the best place to be when underway - ok at rest though. I suppose you could fit 2 single jockeys and 2 doubles behind, but that wouldn't leave you with a lot of deck space (you may not need this anyway)
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Forget the Prosport. As Polwart says, It'll cost a fortune to run. We also have 4 kids. In my experience, a 6-7m boat would be the ideal size. A 585 would be a tad busy with 6 people onboard, especially as the kids grow.
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What sort of money are you looking at spending?
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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
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