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Old 03 April 2009, 13:59   #11
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I think THe ribcraft is a cracking boat, Rib X construction is dubious (here we go) made in SA by a company called Falcon and i Think it's very pricey.

Other good makes would be Solent, Osprey, Ribtec all make good boats in this size. But If I was you I'd leave 1O k in the bank and buy a cracking 5.4 Searider with a good trailer and put a new etec 75 or 90 on it You'd get most of your money back in a few years if you wanted to sell it and the reliabilty of a good new engine plus the best rugged sea boat in it's class
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Old 03 April 2009, 14:25   #12
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This VM 5.8 is incredibly good value:
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F203267
Seriously, buy this boat. You wont go wrong with it, it's as good as you'll get at a very, very good price. You'll faff about for months and find no better.
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Old 03 April 2009, 15:34   #13
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Seriously, buy this boat. You wont go wrong with it, it's as good as you'll get at a very, very good price. You'll faff about for months and find no better.
The one make of boat I would want to be in when it turns really rough, and the one I really regret selling. You are going to have to trust us here but this is the one to buy. Easy to tow and will happily cross the channel with the family on board. Keep the rest of the budget in the bank and enjoy some great trips.

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Old 03 April 2009, 17:13   #14
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As stated above, the RIBcraft is OK and the Osprey is even better.

You might just want to buy package and go! But have you considered home build?

You could easily buy a new Osprey Vipermax hull at around the 6-6.5m size and get a good quality secondhand/ex demo outboard of around 150hp, new trailer and learn about how the RIB is built and get it to your exact specs for less than 20k.

It's a fair bit of work, but many find it very rewarding.

I think you really need to find some RIBnet members around your area and see if they will let you crew for them. I'm down at Brixham at the end of May for a week, if the other half allows me to bring my RIB over by Sea, I'll take you for a spin. If you're ever in the Solent area then post up and let us know.
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Old 04 April 2009, 05:32   #15
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You could easily buy a new Osprey Vipermax hull at around the 6-6.5m size and get a good quality secondhand/ex demo outboard of around 150hp, new trailer and learn about how the RIB is built and get it to your exact specs for less than 20k.
Personally, I wouldn't bother when there's one ready to go for 12900. Just buy it, before someone else does. It'll be worth that much for years.
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Old 04 April 2009, 05:34   #16
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Personally, I wouldn't bother when there's one ready to go for 12900. Just buy it, before someone else does. It'll be worth that much for years.
If I had 12900 I know I'd be going to pick that up this weekend. It looks the part and from owners testimonies that I've read, acts the part too.

Anyone want to buy some kids?
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Old 04 April 2009, 06:25   #17
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The one make of boat I would want to be in when it turns really rough, and the one I really regret selling. You are going to have to trust us here but this is the one to buy. Easy to tow and will happily cross the channel with the family on board. Keep the rest of the budget in the bank and enjoy some great trips.

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Buy this boat.

From another ex-esprey owner who agrees with all of pete's comments re: seakeeping and regret of selling!! My 6m osprey safely covered thousands of miles including the sillies and solo to the channel islands and france. i had a 150 opti and it was quick, reliable, and economical (ish).
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Personally, I wouldn't bother when there's one ready to go for 12900. Just buy it, before someone else does. It'll be worth that much for years.
Yes, I would be tempted too at that price and if it fits your needs then go for it! However was just indicating that for another 5/7k or so you could have a brand new hull, tubes and configuration/colour of your choice, new trailer and electrical gadgets and learn how it all goes together. A pretty small price for getting something you really want and possibly better than upgrading a year or two later like so many do.

Go for the biggest RIB you can and make sure it fits your needs for years to come. In the long run it could be the cheapest option!
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Old 07 April 2009, 07:14   #19
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I've just read this thread with a massive smile on my face...... safe in the knowledge that 'this boat' is sat outside my caravan in wales... and i have 6 days off on wednesday to enjoy it again !

Whilst I'm glad he didn't take your advice.... All your comments confirm that I did the right thing buying it !!!!!

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Old 07 April 2009, 08:12   #20
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We couldn't have made it any clearer.

We'll done for buying, you deserve the smile.
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