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Old 02 December 2008, 08:41   #11
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Started off seeing / using a 4m searider when I was about 14. Completely awsome seeing it 3feet off the solent & screaming into Newtown ! Saw it have a spectacular accident ( throttle stuck / sideways into BIG wooden piles - was at Gunwharf when it was still a 'real' dock.) Saw that it only sunk abit with one tube blown & the hull with a 3ft split in it!

Got a jetski 10 years later , but with the kids getting bigger a SIB for the river ( sold) - then a 3.1 Avon -(sold) then a 4m Avon ( kept ! ) - and up to 7.5m this year to do longer distancein more comfort !
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Old 02 December 2008, 10:01   #12
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Best R.I.B ??[THE ANSWER!!]

Got into the inflatable bug in the early 70's as a lad ferrying my father and his chums on thier diveing jaunts! spent many hours following bubbles around Lyme bay![theres a sentance I thaught Id never write]
Back then, any thing with tubes petrudeing from the transome was realy cutting edge,from there onto various 'squidgies', club dive R.I.Bs a Flatacraft 5m, a Zodiac or two,then on to my Ribcraft,which I am very pleased with.
I have enjoyed every stage of my boating life so far,and I know from my experiance and others the fun to price ratio is nothing to do with haveing the latest bit of shine kit,or the latest super boat, with the obvious previso that your R.I.B is fit for purpose,I am about to tell you a long, and oft thaught unanswerable..the holy grail of Ribnet..the undeniable,irrefutable,unquestionable answer to WHAT IS THE BEST R.I.B!!!
Well my friends.....it is the R.I.B, INFLATABLE,BOAT,YOU HAVE IN YOUR DRIVE! YOU HAVE IT,LOOK AFTER IT, IMPROVE IT IF YOU LIKE,BUT ENJOY!!
[interesting thread looking forward to reading other Ribnet worthies storys]
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Old 02 December 2008, 11:43   #13
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Bought a SIB to transport my friends and I to dive sites. A few years later (after several rough water trips that were uncomfortable to say the least), one mile and a half return trip took 45 minutes due to chop and swell.

I had been looking into RIBs for a while (perusing things I couldn't afford, mostly), so had a pretty good idea of what I wanted.

Shortly after that, I came into some disposable income, and began a year long process of acquisition (I still remember the first phone call to Polaris in Canada.) A year later, I had my RIB.

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Old 02 December 2008, 12:28   #14
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............................and got a Grand Banks 42ft classic with twin caterpillar 10 ltrs V8 (210 hp version), we bought this (I was 15 years) in Hardlepool. Maybe somebody here knows that place...?
Bloody beautiful boat. Been on one twice, once at the Southampton boat show in 06 and then out of Whiteheaven.
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Old 02 December 2008, 12:29   #15
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Got given a rowing dinghy when I was about 12. Then had several inflatables. Started working for on hire and passenger boats at 15, became a boatmaster at 18. Found this site, discovered the avon searider, bought one as a project, used it for a summer. Started a marine engineering degree, ran out of money, had to sell the rib.
And I remember being gutted I didn't buy it off you mate. It's on B&O isn't it at the moment?
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Old 02 December 2008, 12:53   #16
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And I remember being gutted I didn't buy it off you mate. It's on B&O isn't it at the moment?
Ah yes. Just seen it. Well thats where it went. The bloke wanted to use it at a sailing club safety boat. I sold it for £1400. He's asking £2000 and doesnt appear to have added anything to it.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F195505

Anyway, I'm happy with what I got for it, got a quick sale, and made a decent profit aswell . I hope to get another one when I've saved up enough again.
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I started out by going out with my Dad in an 8' flat bottom rowing boat with a small Seagull outboard on the back. We'd go out into Langston Harbour and do some fishing.

Then a few years later when I started earning I bought a 14' simulated clinker row boat with a 40hp tiller Evinrude mounted on the back. A friend and I would go all over the place fishing in that little speedser. People would be amazed at the sorts of speed we could get out of a Rowing boat . Holds some great memories for me and had some terriffic fun in her. She ended her days off of Bembridge when the crankshaft broke in half We got out the oars and started rowing for it. A passing Charted boat stopped and asked if we were Rowing across the Channel as the tide was pushing us off of coarse , he gave us a tow back to Eastney

Years went by and I hadn't really considered boats again other that the occasional charter trip, due to other interests. When my Koi pond bit the dust due to the Children arriving and I gave up ParaBuggying I needed something else to keep me occupied and started thinking of a family pursuit.

I started looking at RIBs because I wanted something that was truely Multi-Purpose. A boat that would cope with all weathers, could travel great distances in a short space of time and something I could fish from. Something that was as safe as houses.

The Kids love it, my 81 year old Dad's been out and various other family members. As to date I haven't managed to perswade the wife out, but I'm still hopeful
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Old 03 December 2008, 02:18   #18
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Then 2 years later we sold everything and got a Grand Banks 42ft classic with twin caterpillar 10 ltrs V8 (210 hp version), we bought this (I was 15 years) in Hardlepool. Maybe somebody here knows that place...?
This might be Hartlepool?......if you google earth it, it's east coast of england 3/4 of the way up. if it is, it's changed a lot since you were there so unfortunatly little to recognise...
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Old 03 December 2008, 02:22   #19
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Agreed with the girlfriend at the time, to buy two canoes to visit islands on loch lomond. came out of the dealer with a 4M SR,It had a Force 50 on it that wouldn't pull the skin of a bannana, so that got changed within the year for a Merc 60. That managed 6 people in the boat and i chubster in a doughnut to get on the plane with a 13" prop. (that prop is still sitting in the garage if anyone wants it)

The boat had been squeezed between two big cruisers and had stress fractures on the chines so no one had shown any intrest in buying it, so I got it for a good price. These cracks were still there when the boat got nicked 18 years and a lot of good times later. New rib built 2006, bigger, can carry more people,can't really see my family without one now.
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Old 03 December 2008, 02:41   #20
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Just a progression over the years really. As a kid I used to swim in the local river... with my Mate Noah…one day we came across a fisherman casting his nets from a Coracle…bought it for 10 bob. Nailed hessian over it, got a gourd of Goat fat from the local village and sealed it. Hooked. Noah reckons he heard some voices that told him it would be a good idea to get into a bigger boat…. And the rest is history…

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