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Old 21 December 2007, 12:16   #11
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I had Ribcraft, Osprey and Solent on my list, but I was buying from new and wanted to be specific about spec.
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Old 21 December 2007, 12:18   #12
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Old 21 December 2007, 12:27   #13
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which RIB

Not sure you will find the answer here as we all have our own preferences and some views will be driven by business links and finance. I would say that a visit to The London Boat Show in January to view everyones RIBS and their layouts might give you the final choice.
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Old 21 December 2007, 12:48   #14
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Ribcraft Ribcraft Ribcraft!!!
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Old 21 December 2007, 12:54   #15
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Having used different boats alot over the years ( avon, humber, osprey, lencraft, ribcraft) the boat i'd go for is the ribcraft. my mate bought a new ribcraft in july and i since after getting one, there a fantastic boat very solid and the finish is very good on them, but thats my onw personnal choice, you'll just have to see what boats come up in you budget range
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Old 22 December 2007, 08:19   #16
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When you say six brands have caught your eye 5 and 6 I presume is one brand i.e Humber? From your indented use I would say that rules out an Avon Searider and the Avon Adventurer isn't a great boat in the water.

Which leaves it to Solent, Ribcraft or Osprey which are boats with superior quality to the Humber. ( humbers are cool boats though)

Ospreys are superb sea boats
Solents are very nippy and well made boats
Ribcrafts are a good mix between the two

Engine size I suspect you'd find the perfomance of a 115 4 stroke limited after a while so I'd at leat look for a 140 4 stroke, but then I'd prefer a 150 Opti for that size boat

If you are looking at the used market with 20 k in your pocket Don't discount the Ribtec or XS 6.5 If new then Parker are well worth a look If you could go to 7.2 then the Shakespear 720 is a cracker and could fit in your budget.

When buying used only allow for 25% of the electronics value in the price you pay, As it's likely to have been superceeded and is out of warranty

Also The Solent is a splash of the Tohatsu one design which was a very well made boat. Laminating by Porters and toobs by Henshaws , so it may well be worth piclking up a good Tohatsu and slapping a new lump on it
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Old 22 December 2007, 08:47   #17
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[QUOTE=Rogue Wave;231596]
Ospreys are superb sea boats
Solents are very nippy and well made boats
Ribcrafts are a good mix between the two


Within those three it's probably best to go for a boat that best suits your needs in all other depts. ie. engine, seating, console etc., rather than go for one of the above and narrow your search criteria to a point where you'll need the services of Paul Daniels.
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Old 24 December 2007, 10:34   #18
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as a rib manufacturer i would suggest you go and try some of these boats to form you own opinion, biff
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I intend to.....It never hurts to have the list shortened by people who have a great deal more knowledge and experience than I do though. Salesmen can make you believe all sorts of garbage.
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I'd like to thank you all for your time, guidance and extensive knowledge....much appreciated by this rib virgin.
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