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Old 07 August 2011, 09:55   #1
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How often/How many times do you use your RIB/Boat?

Just had a chat to a friend of mine who is thinking of buying his first rib, but worried that he may not be using it that often. Considering all costs associated with a rib/boat ownership, I was also thinking that how many times do you really have to use it to say "I need a RIB/Boat as I use it quite often".

So question for you guys,

1) How many times do you use your RIB?

2) Have you noticed any change in your usage compared to the first season when you first bought the rib?
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Old 07 August 2011, 10:05   #2
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It is always the case, you buy the rib, use it often, then you get bored!

I have only used mine twice since last September, a bit of a shame really.
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Old 07 August 2011, 10:14   #3
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It is always the case, you buy the rib, use it often, then you get bored!

I have only used mine twice since last September, a bit of a shame really.
Get bored Try coarse fishing.
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Old 07 August 2011, 11:10   #4
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[QUOTE=Vandad;414289]Just had a chat to a friend of mine who is thinking of buying his first rib, but worried that he may not be using it that often. Considering all costs associated with a rib/boat ownership, I was also thinking that how many times do you really have to use it to say "I need a RIB/Boat as I use it quite often". Never! Don't confuse "need" with "want". If you bought any boat purely on sensible economic grounds, well...........

So question for you guys,

1) How many times do you use your RIB? Not as often as I would like, due to work, weather & tides

2) Have you noticed any change in your usage compared to the first season when you first bought the rib?Can't remember that far back

If he has doubts, your mate has answered his own question.
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Old 07 August 2011, 13:01   #5
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What Mr Pikey said ^^^

Few people can honestly say they "need" a RIB except for the Navy, ILB's and maybe sailing clubs for a rescue boat. Buy it because you want it and never try and impose any rational thought on the process

First season is always the busiest and the back end of my first summer was every weekend and quite a few evenings as I had the first RIB on a pontoon for a while - how often you use it after that depends on whether it is afloat or ashore, how long it takes to launch, weather, work, how much money you want to pour into the fuel tank, what the rest of the family say about going out vs. other arrangements they might prefer to make for the weekend and probably quite a few other variables. Personally I like to use mine at least once a month all year round to keep it happy, and after that it comes down to the other factors above.Sometimes if I have time and the weather is OK I'll use it a couple of weekends on the trot but more usually every second or third weekend during the summer. Most of the other boats in what passes for a marina in our part of the world go out much less than I do.
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Old 07 August 2011, 15:34   #6
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1) How many times do you use your RIB?
Used to use is all the time every weekend. when it was new it was every other weekend down to the coast diving, skiing and ringoing then for a few years could not get down so didnt use it much. Moved to the coast and used it every free weekend. now its been refurbed I am back in the midlands and dont get time to use it was much as I would like .

2) Have you noticed any change in your usage compared to the first season when you first bought the rib?yep defo. I was out all the time mainly diving. now its just used for a quick whizz arround and the odd week away with the kids.
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Old 07 August 2011, 16:40   #7
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So question for you guys,

1) How many times do you use your RIB?

2) Have you noticed any change in your usage compared to the first season when you first bought the rib?
1) 110hours this year sofar. 160hours sice last year's August, layed off from end of November to mid March (snow & ice).


2) more use

Boat is on a pontoon, high and dry at low tide

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Old 07 August 2011, 17:42   #8
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Dnv that picture is sweet.

I now live 800yards from a harbour so use mine weekly, when I had to travel 2 hours the nearest water there was alot more prep and hassle involved so boat was used monthly if I was lucky. Circumstances depending
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Old 07 August 2011, 17:52   #9
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1) Nearly every weekend...

2) and use it more and more... the secret is to have lots of hobby's that supports its use... I dive from it, fish from it, pull wakeboards, pull a parasail, go around anglesey etc... other times we just drive to somewhere flat, have a sarnie & a can , then drive back.... I've owned a RIB for 17 years and the novelty has never worn off... but a lot of that comes to where its moored. I'm in anglesey, you can never get bored of that coast line !
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Old 07 August 2011, 18:01   #10
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I live 150mls+ from any interesting coast but I don't care how little our boats get out related to their cost as it's always worth it. My previous 4m planing GRP boat on a trailer only ever went out for 8-14 days on our Scottish hols. But to hire a similat boat was 100+ a day or 500 a week... and that's if you could find one.

So still worked out cheaper to keep ours even for so few days a year.

Well that's what I told the Mrs.
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