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Old 09 May 2001, 17:59   #1
Country: UK - Isle of Man
Town: isle of man
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irish sea crossing

Living on the Isle of Man, I wish to purchase a RIB to use for family coastal use with occaisional crossings to England, Scotland and Ireland. What size boat and engine would people recommend? It has been suggested a minimum of 5.8m and 90HP.

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Old 10 May 2001, 02:11   #2
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That sounds about right to me -- a RIB that size would certainly be up to the job but I wouldn't go any smaller. I suggest that you fit the largest fuel tank that you can though, as boats this size often don't have enough fuel capacity for serious cruising and refuelling from jerry cans at sea is a real pain!

If you can stretch to it, a RIB a bit larger will be more comfortable and you're less likely to outgrow it in your first season . . .

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Old 15 May 2001, 17:08   #3
Country: Ireland
Town: Dublin & Kerry
Boat name: Limanda
Make: Arvor & Valiant
Length: 6m +
Engine: IB 85hp dsl; 8hp Yam
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If your're interested in buying in Dublin and making your first crossing back to the IOM from here give me a shout at

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Old 16 May 2001, 16:13   #4
Country: UK - Isle of Man
Town: Peel
Boat name: Jane L
Make: Scorpion
Length: 8m +
Engine: 315 Yanmar
MMSI: 235077935
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The Irish Sea is rarely calm and the short sharp seas can be uncomfortable in a small boat.
Go for a 6 metre or 6.5 with a 115 outboard. E mail me if you wish - I am based in Peel.

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