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Old 10 August 2018, 06:51   #1
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Looking for new rib

Hi all,
I am currently looking for a sailing club rib to be used for rescue, teaching /coaching, carrying marks, recovering casualties. Looking between 5 to 5.5 m with a 60hp outboard, seating driver and crew.

We currently have a tornado 5.1m from new in 97 and two XS 5m. The tornado is a excellent sea keeping boat in rough weather but we find the XSís in rough weather are wet and constantly nose dive into waves. Our main aim is to obtain a sturdy RIB that handles well in all weathers, not a wet ride and is built to last. I have shortlisted a few that I think meet our requirements:

  • XS 5.45
  • Humber Ocean Pro 5.3
  • Ribcraft 5.3
  • Tornado 5.4 (from China but little known about them)
Any thoughts,comments or past experiences, of any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 10 August 2018, 11:34   #2
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Hi all,
I am currently looking for a sailing club rib to be used for rescue, teaching /coaching, carrying marks, recovering casualties. Looking between 5 to 5.5 m with a 60hp outboard, seating driver and crew.

We currently have a tornado 5.1m from new in 97 and two XS 5m. The tornado is a excellent sea keeping boat in rough weather but we find the XS’s in rough weather are wet and constantly nose dive into waves. Our main aim is to obtain a sturdy RIB that handles well in all weathers, not a wet ride and is built to last. I have shortlisted a few that I think meet our requirements:

  • XS 5.45
  • Humber Ocean Pro 5.3
  • Ribcraft 5.3
  • Tornado 5.4 (from China but little known about them)
Any thoughts,comments or past experiences, of any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
I know it is a rescue boat but I would go more than a 60 hp on a circa 5.5 m rib. Something neared a 100 hp
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Old 10 August 2018, 11:40   #3
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Might be worth looking at Kraken since you liked the Tornado. They will be able to explain the heritage but essentially there is a family connection still building very ďtornado likeĒ boats in the UK.

Iím surprised the XS didnít meet expectations - is it possibly badly rigged, or is it being driven by people who donít know how to trim it properly?
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Old 10 August 2018, 12:40   #4
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Agree with the recommendation for a higher hp, especially with more ppl on board. I would think something like a 90hp would work well.

I don’t have experience with the other boats but have a Humber Ocean Pro 6.3m and it’s handling in the rough is great!

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Breezeblock has a 1 year old 5.3 humber with a 115 4 stroke on it in classifieds just now that might fit the bill
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Breezeblock has a 1 year old 5.3 humber with a 115 4 stroke on it in classifieds just now that might fit the bill
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If you can find a Ribcraft 545 you won't better it for the size
The 530 (especially in terms of Sea handling and comfort)really does pale in comparison
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(The 530 pales in comparison)


Agreed re the 5.3 v 545, but you'd need more than 60hp on the back of a 545. Even with my penchant for power, 60hp ain't near enough & it would be a pig with a small "P". Especially in heavy weather loaded with marks & bodies. I'd say minimum a torquey 90 or 115.
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Agreed re the 5.3 v 545, but you'd need more than 60hp on the back of a 545. Even with my penchant for power, 60hp ain't near enough & it would be a pig with a small "P". Especially in heavy weather loaded with marks & bodies. I'd say minimum a torquey 90 or 115.
Yep...I must start reading ALL of people's posts...

60 horses on ANY 5m pluss is going to be pretty pedestrian (at best!) with Driver + Crew" ?? How many do you have in mind?? ..
Even Before you start adding extra kit and casualties!
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I donít have experience with the other boats but have a Humber Ocean Pro 6.3m and itís handling in the rough is great!
I havenít helmed an OP, but several years ago someone who really knew his Humbers implied that the Destroyer was the easier boat to helm for novice helms and the OP would give better performance/ride in experienced hands. Bearing in mind that most rescue boats are driven by people who are predominantly Sailors not powerboaters, it might be worth considering if they would find the Destroyer easier to get the best from. My gut feel would be the destroyer would need fewer horses too.
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