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Old 30 March 2009, 10:19   #1
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looking for 1st boat

Hi. We're lookign for our first rib boat and would welcome your expert views before we buy. We want to do some water skiing / wake boarding / fishing and be able to explore the South Devon coastline and check our crab pots without having to canoe miles to get their! I guess the most adventurous thing we will do is cruise round to Salcombe from Brixham once in a while.

I was thinking about a 5.75 - 6.0m rib with circa 100-125 hp 4 stroke engine. Any thoughts on size / power ratio and good makes to look out for? Plus what sort of electronics I need to kit it out with? Budget under 20k. (Yes we have registered to to RYA up to level 2 atm).

Basically any advice would be gratefully received from forum members - we don't want to rush out and regret a purchase later!

Thanks a million.

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Old 30 March 2009, 10:40   #2
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Welcome to RIBnet,
you'll find a wealth of good advice here as I did and still do.
Have you checked out the RIBs fir sale section?
After a quick look I thought this one maybe worth a look? http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=26116
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Old 30 March 2009, 10:59   #3
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Thanks I'll check the section out.
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Old 30 March 2009, 11:10   #4
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I was going to suggest Humber, decent but basic boat from what I've seen.
You'll be able to get a decent used boat for alot less than 20000.
How many people are you wanting to take and what age range and what gear?
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We got 2 adults and 2 kids plus usual friends now and again. Was looking at the rib-x 575..saw one for sale with 115hp yama for 15995...2004. Do u think this is too small for offshore cruising? I don't see many ribs for sale with dual outboards...any reason why not?
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Old 30 March 2009, 12:47   #6
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I can imagine it's expense, you hardly ever see high powered twin 4 stroke craft on the second hand market.
A Rib-x 575 with `115 yam would be very nice.
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I'd recommend this: http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/TWR169
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Old 30 March 2009, 18:55   #8
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This VM 5.8 is incredibly good value:
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F203267
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thanks for all the replies peeps...really helpful!
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As regards going offshore it all depends on the weather... I wouldn't recommend it with kids (depends on age though). You and your better half might enjoy going out when its rough though?

You could get a cracking Pacific 22 for less than 20000!
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