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Old 08 August 2014, 07:32   #1
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Is a leisure Rib ever the right choice ?

I'm finding that we are using our small sports cruiser less and less. My wife works weekends and that combined with a 600 boat tank, 100 in the Rangie to tow it anywhere and the faff level with a trailer boat of this size, means its only been out twice in the last year.

We use are sibs a lot more, so we are thinking of replacing the sports cruiser with a Rib.

The thing is,that for our type of usage,a leisure style rib would suit us best. We have been lucky to do lots of offshore passages all over the UK and Europe and now we just want to coast hop between marinas,run around the Solent or take the boat for a day on the Broads or even the Upper Thames.

I've been reading the forum for a while and I know that the recommendations will always be Searider/Redbay etc, but I am looking at a Zodiac Medline 3, sunpad and toilet (essential for a day out with my better half !).

How bad a mistake would I be making ? Remember the boat would be a dry suit and Geeko free zone.

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Old 08 August 2014, 08:55   #2
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Ive seen those medline ribs, they always looked too leisure orientated to me too much med styled.

Ime very much into leisure ribbing allthough I do rib all year round. I reckon based on what youve said you should contemplate a 7.5M cobra rib, sports / leisure would be the word, bolster style seats for helm, large sunpad up front, lots of locker space, grab ropes, rear boarding ladder etc etc and plenty around so probably good choice to be had. you could buy an older one and do up, plenty of options.

I mostly use mine for hopping from place to place or going swimming from or just anchored up having a snooze or reading a book.
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Old 08 August 2014, 09:36   #3
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Just because you want a leisure orientated RIB, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality/seakeeping. Most of the mainstream UK manufacturers will build you a leisure RIB to your spec, if you are buying new of course. If a leisure layout suits your kind of boating, then that's what you should buy. (as long as it isn't a Br1g or Russian or Estonian or Chinese or Egyptian)
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Old 08 August 2014, 10:21   #4
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My Medline 3 is great. Wife and 2 daughters love having a toilet. Layout is great.

Cooker, sink and fresh water shower make it a pleasant place to be for the day.

Crossed Lyme Bay in it a few weeks back in some pretty rough stuff and it was fine. Did have the Gekko on though.

Mate (& I guess his wife) liked mine so much he's just chopped his 8M cobra in for one.

Check out the tubes carefully though at the cones.
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Old 08 August 2014, 10:39   #5
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My Medline 3 is great. Wife and 2 daughters love having a toilet. Layout is great.
Your biggest challenge in terms of options will be getting a RIB with a head.
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OK, so if I had an unlimited budget I could have a new rib built, but I dont.

So budget around 30k, the Heads are non negotiable. It needs to be a decent size, so 7m ish. Age isnt a factor, but condition is. Engine needs to be 4 stroke or Etec.

My other option would be a partial refurb to add a new helm with toilet, dont know if thats even possible ?

I suppose the other option would be an older cabin rib, I remember some nice looking Revengers in the 90's.
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OK, so if I had an unlimited budget I could have a new rib built, but I dont.

So budget around 30k, the Heads are non negotiable. It needs to be a decent size, so 7m ish. Age isnt a factor, but condition is. Engine needs to be 4 stroke or Etec.

My other option would be a partial refurb to add a new helm with toilet, dont know if thats even possible ?

I suppose the other option would be an older cabin rib, I remember some nice looking Revengers in the 90's.
If you're keen on looking for a Revenger then it's worth posting a question on the Revenger Facebook page, although the company has been sold to Ribeye, Phil Morris still keeps up to date with any ribs for sale etc, he may know where there's one that may suit your needs, nowt to lose by asking the question

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reven...ref=ts&fref=ts
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Old 08 August 2014, 20:00   #8
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I would be looking at Biffers Cabin rib, although I don't think he has put a price on it yet!
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Old 09 August 2014, 02:20   #9
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I know it's out-with budget, but Zodiac N-Zo ribs look good. Here's a 2010 N-Zo 700.
Zodiac N-zo Cabin Rib For Sale - GBP 49,950 - GB, UK - Boatshop24.co.uk
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I think the mistake people make when saying 'leisure rib' is they think 'bloody uncomfortable seating in the rough and a crap hull shape that slams'.

A rib doesn't have to be crap in the rough to be more leisure orientated.
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