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Old 15 December 2005, 03:51   #11
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Try giving redbay a call. They are in your price range. Should be able to get a Stormforce 7.4 with a roof easily for that sort of money. There extremely economical and sea keeping quality is superb. Will be honest that you wont be the fastest rib about but will be the best looking and go thru anything.

£60 of diesel gets you 300 miles. posted sum pics to give you an idea. ideal boat for converting the family as we did. We had a Delta before and my Mother wouldnt go on it unless it was a lifeboat situation but with the redbay every shop on the west coast of scotland has been visited!!!
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Old 15 December 2005, 04:08   #12
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30k will get you a nice new 7.5 Solent Rib with oodles of extras and choice of layout .

At the end of the day though you will have to try as many as possible rather than take other peoples word .


Some people have good opinions of some craft while others hate them .

Not heard of Solents being knocked on here.
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Old 15 December 2005, 04:38   #13
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Been through the same logistics process myself sailing takes too long for kids and they get bored, ribbing is quick but you are out in the elements all the time and the younger the child the less they like it.
So a rib with a cabin has to be the answer.
I didnít quite manage to get one (not around in those days) so ended up with a sun cover for the hottest days and not going out with all the kids when itís cold and wet.
My youngest is now 5 and she is happy most of the time provided it isnít too wet. Des
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Old 15 December 2005, 07:16   #14
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I know it's sold but this might have been good?

Seating for 6

Shelter for the kids

Economy and reliability of diesel

Under £30K

Redbay Stormforce 7.4 - Yamaha 165hp diesel - £26,000

Shows that youir requirements can be met within your budget if you go for used.
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Old 15 December 2005, 09:00   #15
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It depends on how old you will go as well, for example my scorpion is 5 years old and is worth about 17k now, i take 3 k off a year to write it off, so if you look around and dont want brand new then you should be able to do it. If you buy one try to get one off somebody on here. They all look after their boats

P.S ribs are great we always look forward to going out and are very stable. when i come bouncing on of Chicester, i leave the hard boat standing, not just speed but due to handling and whens its a nice day you cannot beat it,,,a bit like a motorcycle
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Old 15 December 2005, 10:46   #16
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Dear all,

Thanks for your commitment and passion - definitely made my mind up (at least as far as buying a rib). Just need to sell this:

http://yachts.apolloduck.co.uk/feature.phtml?id=34650

Here's my thinking so far:

1. Twin engines would be nice to have, but persuaded by arguments that it's more trouble than it's worth. Seen a nice Ribtec 740 here with 2 x F115 Yam 4 strokes, but it's only making 38 knots. Am I right in thinking this is a weight issue? Also, was wondering what the handling would be like?

2. As far as I can see engine and hull shape are pretty important. I'm thinking at the moment Suzuki 250 4 stroke (+aux) + a deep V hull.

3. Pretty confused about which rib maker to go for. Given the summers we get here, would prefer open rib design (so Redbay not for us). So, it's down to second-hand Scorpion. What are your views on Ribtec, Prosport, and just seen pix of Parker and think it looks fantastic.

Thanks again for help - much appreciated. Call me for a curry and pint when you're next in Jersey.

All the best

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Old 15 December 2005, 11:21   #17
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how about 7.7 meter delta sx twin diesels 4 pod seats plus 2 in front of consol every off shore extra inc life raft self righting a frame etc etc far too much too list , built too last as most people know will be getting advertised in next day or two comes with trailer and other bits and bobs.only done 640 hours.iff interested you can get me at tonkawallace@hotmail.com id def go for deisel if you plan to do long distance happy hunting..
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Old 15 December 2005, 11:29   #18
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Scorpions are great, but i would say that, i would look at a few types and try a few, like cars people like different things.

We have a main engine and aux engine, but we have never had to use, but we do keep everything tip top. The thing with a second hand rib is that quite a bit of the value is in the engine, trailer and electronics. So be sure to check out the engine services, a really good person will have kept all the service info, with mine we get a computer readout, which can tell you alot about an engine e.g is the average temp rising with time. As i say people on here look after their boats so have a look in the ones for sale

Redbays, can be open as well ans are good boats
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Old 15 December 2005, 11:39   #19
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1. Twin engines would be nice to have, but persuaded by arguments that it's more trouble than it's worth. Seen a nice Ribtec 740 here with 2 x F115 Yam 4 strokes, but it's only making 38 knots. Am I right in thinking this is a weight issue? Also, was wondering what the handling would be like?

2. As far as I can see engine and hull shape are pretty important. I'm thinking at the moment Suzuki 250 4 stroke (+aux) + a deep V hull.

3. Pretty confused about which rib maker to go for. Given the summers we get here, would prefer open rib design (so Redbay not for us). So, it's down to second-hand Scorpion. What are your views on Ribtec, Prosport, and just seen pix of Parker and think it looks fantastic.

Thanks again for help - much appreciated. Call me for a curry and pint when you're next in Jersey.

All the best

Phil
A lot depends on hard you want to drive - if you are just doing the family thing a Picton cobra is a great leisure boat - holds it's money and a great layout "med style".

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F75399/

Looks a good buy.

I would agree 1 engine and aux - Suzuki 250 is a great engine and quite light for a 4 stroke.

Have a look at Revenger - fantastic boats.
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Old 15 December 2005, 11:46   #20
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My dad did the same as what you are thinking he had a moody eclipse 33 and we sold that to buy a rib becuase we thoght we mite get more use out of it. He ended up buying a 29ft revnger with a inbord diesle engine. I dont think we ever used a boat so much in one summer.
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