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Old 22 June 2019, 10:22   #1
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I think you can go too Big

We hired a 7 m rib in Skiathos with 4 of us on board and went round the Island one side was very calm but the other a little rough the rib handelled it very well but not once did we feel a splash of water and I (helming) felt a long way from and somewhat disconnected from the sea

While we had a lovely day and would do it again I felt that the 7 m ish RIB seemed to me to be too big to have fun

My main Rib is only 4.5 m with a 60 on the back and I feel very connected whenever out in that boat.

This set me thinking if Bigger is generally better

The Rib was a Greek make so no idea how it translates and topped out at 32 knots
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Old 22 June 2019, 11:02   #2
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I have have all sizes of ribs, I have a ribeye s650 which is perfect for island hopping on the west coast of Ireland. I have just purchased a 8.5m rib with twin outboards and have to say it’s in another league altogether. I’d say the fact you felt disconnected from the sea was probably the vessel you were in and not caused actually by the size
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Old 22 June 2019, 13:58   #3
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Its not that the boat gets too big, the journey just gets too small! You need to scale the distance, the type of waters and the weather to the craft you are in. Or to look at it another way a bigger craft opens up opportunities you wouldn't otherwise consider - like going further, or going in conditions you wouldn't in a small boat.

Obviously it also opens the possibility of bringing along more people - although personally I'm not sure that's always a bonus!
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Its not that the boat gets too big, the journey just gets too small! You need to scale the distance, the type of waters and the weather to the craft you are in. Or to look at it another way a bigger craft opens up opportunities you wouldn't otherwise consider - like going further, or going in conditions you wouldn't in a small boat.

Obviously it also opens the possibility of bringing along more people - although personally I'm not sure that's always a bonus!
I'd agree...it's all down to what you want from a RIB...and how many passengers you have/ wish to carry on a regular basis.
The fun factor is not diminished either way IMO...but it remains the case that from smaller craft MOST people move up in size ...rather than the same size or go smaller when they up grade.
Nice change not getting too wet as well eh!?
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Old 22 June 2019, 15:36   #5
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I've had many boats and been in many, ribs from 3.5 m to 10 m plus Dorys fast fishers over the years the most fun I've had is in the 4 m sib and taking it slow close in to shore I won't be going big again OMO
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While we had a lovely day and would do it again I felt that the 7 m ish RIB seemed to me to be too big to have fun
'Cos this was no fun: Island Stag

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Its not that the boat gets too big, the journey just gets too small! You need to scale the distance, the type of waters and the weather to the craft you are in. Or to look at it another way a bigger craft opens up opportunities you wouldn't otherwise consider - like going further, or going in conditions you wouldn't in a small boat.

Obviously it also opens the possibility of bringing along more people - although personally I'm not sure that's always a bonus!
+1

It’s all relative, small craft do have limitations but I agree are great fun, larger boats inherently cost more to run / purchase but open up long distance opportunities and comfort! I guess whatever floats your boat........( sorry )
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Went this year through the same thing .
Started years ago with a 5.4 and took it Round Ireland - lots of fun Regardless of the great sea handling capabilities the SR let me feel & fight each wave .
Went then to a 7.2 Vipermax - a beautiful and fast boat .
After 6 years in the Vipermax and a few thousand meiles of long distance cruising I went at the beginning of this year for a 8.1 diesel Scorpion .
Beside of 2 trips in the Solent I took the boat for a week to Easdale in May and it felt almost "boring" at 25-27kn cruising speed . While the 4.7s collected plenty of air meiles the Scorpion hardly let me feel the sea .
Just recently we went from Southampton across the channel , along the Normandy beaches and back to the UK . The Scorpion feels great but is a different league than the previous boats I owned .
The 5.4 and even the 7.2 felt really very "lively" while the 8.1 Scorpion just goes through everything what is in front of her .
I am not even getting showered anymore - what a difference !
The comfort zone is pushed out much more with that boat which gives on long distance trips more comfort and safety as well .
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This set me thinking if Bigger is generally better

Not necessarily
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Not necessarily
True..........but most of the time

We went from a 6.5m to a 8m RIB, the difference was amazing for many reasons, we'd never go back to a smaller boat, in fact I'd consider up-sizing next time
Might be a age thing? As a nipper in my teens and upwards I could only afford a smaller boat - inc a Ring 20 running a 280hp, fun but no comfort in any sea and limited usability, now I enjoy the social side more, the space and sea keeping for longer trips, kids and there associated baggage also make you re-think the logistics
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