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Old 21 December 2007, 09:00   #1
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Impossible question.....

I realise that there is no definitive answer to the question I pose but I would value your opinions as one brand appears much like any other to me. In the New Year I will be purchasing a 6.5-7.0 metre rib for use primarily with the family (6 people) for ringo pulling and occasional trips with the boys. Does any of the following brands have any issues or characteristics that means they would not be unsuitable for my needs or are generally not a recommended rib....I will not be tackling anything too rough for a while yet.....The six brands that have caught my eye are:
1) Avon
2) Solent
3) Ribcraft
4) Vipermax
5) Destroyer
6) Ocean Pro

Numbers 1,2 and 3 seem favourite but I am keen to hear your experienced views and I will also consider other options. Does anyone have a view on what my pecking order should be in terms of ride and suitability.....I'm also thinking about a 115-150 hp fourstroke.
Thanks in advance...........
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Old 21 December 2007, 09:18   #2
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For your requirements, you should buy a Ribeye
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Old 21 December 2007, 09:41   #3
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I've used my 6.5 Ribcraft for two seasons with great sucess. It is well mannered in any sea. We always feel safe in it. The part and build quality is high. I would recommend the Ribcraft.

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Old 21 December 2007, 10:00   #4
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I realise that there is no definitive answer to the question I pose but I would value your opinions as one brand appears much like any other to me. In the New Year I will be purchasing a 6.5-7.0 metre rib for use primarily with the family (6 people) for ringo pulling and occasional trips with the boys. Does any of the following brands have any issues or characteristics that means they would not be unsuitable for my needs or are generally not a recommended rib....I will not be tackling anything too rough for a while yet.....The six brands that have caught my eye are:
1) Avon
2) Solent
3) Ribcraft
4) Vipermax
5) Destroyer
6) Ocean Pro

Numbers 1,2 and 3 seem favourite but I am keen to hear your experienced views and I will also consider other options. Does anyone have a view on what my pecking order should be in terms of ride and suitability.....I'm also thinking about a 115-150 hp fourstroke.
Thanks in advance...........
You're inviting a load of replies from guys 'bigging up' which ever brand they own. Any of the middle four are good boats. What sort of budget are you working to? Mine will be for sale around Feb.
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Old 21 December 2007, 10:11   #5
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Are you planning on buying new or used?

For a RIB up to 7 metres, you'll want the higher powered engine - I'm sure others would go higher still - 200+.

Seating/console options can make a big difference to both comfort and cost! Worth looking at some of the pics on here to see what might suit. You'll probably want to get one that's got enough beam to take side-by-side seats comfortably.

You should take some of these out to make your own comparison for ride and handling preferences.
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Old 21 December 2007, 10:39   #6
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Used is my preference.....the budget is 20k (ish).....
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Old 21 December 2007, 10:42   #7
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Mollers.....is there a reason why you have discounted the Avon and the Ocean Pro?
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Old 21 December 2007, 11:25   #8
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Mollers.....is there a reason why you have discounted the Avon and the Ocean Pro?
If you use the search facility on this site, you'll bring up hours of 'interesting' reading on the previously mentioned manufacturers.
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Old 21 December 2007, 11:59   #9
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Old 21 December 2007, 12:15   #10
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I just wrote a very lengthy response but my computer went crazy so I lost it, so in brief:

Ribcraft or Solent would be my choices.

Ribcraft: very solid, more expensive than Solent, more rugged. Overall - very well made boats.

Solent: bit more leisure oriented. Very fast (well, mine is!), look nice, bit cheaper, annoying niggles, although the two boats I know of with similar niggles have had a lot of use and abuse.
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