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Old 21 February 2009, 16:01   #1
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Looking for our first rib- Opinions Please

Hi we have just sold our jeanneau 925 due to lack of use, marina fees etc and are looking at buying a rib for a replacement. We are looking to spent around 15K on a used boat, one that has caught our eye is a Ribeye 650 2003 with a Yamaha 150hp 2 stroke 2002 - 224hrs, What do you think? is it a good setup would appreciate some comments from ribeye owners. Thanks
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Old 21 February 2009, 16:26   #2
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this will probably make for an entertaining but not particularly informative thread!

You will need to bear in mind that those who own boats of any particular brand often believe (publicly at least) that their boat is the best... this works both ways so if a Ribeye owners says its great treat with some suspicion, likewise if someone who owns a "more bespoke" brand takes the piss.

quite a bit has been said in the past on ribeyes so use the search tool. from memory there is no one who has posted any horror stories.
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Old 22 February 2009, 03:51   #3
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i deal with all boats, my advise is try as many as you can before you part with your dosh, sometimes what looks lovely doesn't go lovely, usually the guys with bespoke boats have been down the road you are about to take and can afford to take the piss
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Old 22 February 2009, 05:06   #4
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Hi we have just sold our jeanneau 925 due to lack of use, marina fees etc and are looking at buying a rib for a replacement. We are looking to spent around 15K on a used boat, one that has caught our eye is a Ribeye 650 2003 with a Yamaha 150hp 2 stroke 2002 - 224hrs, What do you think? is it a good setup would appreciate some comments from ribeye owners. Thanks
I like this Rib and having been out one one at Ribex thought it handled the solent chop very well. I also like the layout of the Ribeyes and the consoles.The yamaha is a popular engine and well proven.

If the boat is in good nick and the engine has been looked after I think you will be happy with this as a first RIB.
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i deal with all boats, my advise is try as many as you can before you part with your dosh, sometimes what looks lovely doesn't go lovely, usually the guys with bespoke boats have been down the road you are about to take and can afford to take the piss
Good advice from 'Biffer' I think,after all, we all found ourselfs in this position at some time,and I dont recall too many people saying they wish they took less time in makeing thier choice!.......look at,and try as many R.I.B.s as poss you should soon relise what would suit your needs......i.e Hull,engine type,power,seating,consul,trailer,ect.Then all you've got to do is Find it! It IS good fun though!!
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this will probably make for an entertaining but not particularly informative thread!

You will need to bear in mind that those who own boats of any particular brand often believe (publicly at least) that their boat is the best... this works both ways so if a Ribeye owners says its great treat with some suspicion, likewise if someone who owns a "more bespoke" brand takes the piss.

quite a bit has been said in the past on ribeyes so use the search tool. from memory there is no one who has posted any horror stories.
Yep, I agree with above.
It would possibly be helpful to know what you require from your rib. The Ribeye tends to lean towards the squidgy seat, leisure end of the market.

If anyone new to ribbing asked me for advice, I'd probably send them in the Ribcraft direction. You'd be less likely to get it terribly wrong with an RC.
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I think it's hard to get it 'terribly' wrong with any 6.5m rib as long as you stick to major brands. However, there's a lot to be said for doing your own console/seating/stowage layouts.

As Maximus said-nobody seems to say they took too long at deciding
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Hi we have just sold our jeanneau 925 due to lack of use, marina fees etc and are looking at buying a rib for a replacement. We are looking to spent around 15K on a used boat, one that has caught our eye is a Ribeye 650 2003 with a Yamaha 150hp 2 stroke 2002 - 224hrs, What do you think? is it a good setup would appreciate some comments from ribeye owners. Thanks
I used a 650 sport for charter work for two years and it never let me down. I used it for The Solent area so it managed chop well. The 2003 model I guess has a track system to move the consul slightly and also I believe the pod seating. The rear bench seat would be a box which can be unscrewed and lifted out if you needed more room for a day or so. The three bench seat was very comfy at the stern. The Yam 150 four stroke is well proven and provided it has a service record probably will be good. Never let me down. I just sold a similar boat but 2005 model but the same track system and the engine had more hours on it but was sound and quiet.

If you have been on a Ribeye the tubes sit out of the water when stationary which is good for maintenance if left on the water. They sit down at the stern under power which then balances it. These 650's are a good family boat with options to use them for work.

As already said anyone who supports these will tell you the better stories and probably ignore any poor issues but for two years I was happy with it and only changed for a larger model. If you want more or ask about the boat you are looking at I am happy to tell you what I think so e mail me if you wish with the link to the sales page. It would be interesting to see what extras are included etc. All the best
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nobody seems to say they took too long at deciding
I know what you are saying but did Bruce Hawkster not used to complain that all the options / decisions and choices were off putting when he started and that what he wanted was a simple pre-formulated boat/package that was targeted at his needs.
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I think it's hard to get it 'terribly' wrong with any 6.5m rib as long as you stick to major brands.
I don't think so ( best said with a Geoirdie Accent!) does hull shape not come into it. Avon Adventurers do a 6.5 ish which is a medium to shallow V not a winner if your in a choppy Sea.

I think Ribeyes are punters boats they look nice and they come with all the trimmings but there truly are a lot better boiats out there. For 15k you could buy a proper rib. Is it a brokerage sale or private.

Yamaha 150 2 strokes if it's a 150 HPDI you are buying trouble (honestly!) if its an old technolgy 2 stroke your'e buying Petrol and lots of it. If it's a 4 stroke you are buying as C2 ribs suggests then then they are good engines.
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