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Old 18 May 2011, 07:15   #1
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hi i am new to the world of Rib's and looking into get one, i am looking for a fairly large Rib as it will proabbly need to carry upto 8-10 people, i will want to use it to criuse and as a sports boat, advice on type of boat welcome, i will proabbly have a buget around 20K
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Old 18 May 2011, 08:06   #2
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hi i am new to the world of Rib's and looking into get one, i am looking for a fairly large Rib as it will proabbly need to carry upto 8-10 people, i will want to use it to criuse and as a sports boat, advice on type of boat welcome, i will proabbly have a buget around 20K
That's quite a leap in at the deep end for a new guy. You will go from no experience to being responsible for the safety and well being of 10 people in one go. Where are you planning to cruise (type of seas), likely weather and distance of cruise would all affect the choice. Have you thought about where you are going to keep it and how you will launch it (it sounds like you are looking for ATLEAST a 7.5m boat).

It also doesn't come cheap. I'd guess you might also end up with a 200+HP engine which at today's prices will cost you something like 100 an hour to run (unless you have a lot of self control with the throttle). Storage in dry stack or a marina will cost you at least 2000 on the south coast (and in a prime location could be quite a bit more). Basic safety kit for 10 people will be another grand.

How often will you actually have 10 people out. Do you think they will contribute to running costs?

It may work out cheaper to rent from someone like solent rib charter?
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You will go from no experience to being responsible for the safety and well being of 10 people in one go.
New fish doesn't say he has no experience. There ARE other boats that aren't RIBs. Your's for example...
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i know it's a leap, i wouldn't take out with everyone straight away and planning on more training as well, but i would probably buy it with a good mate and so some times would have 2 families on it and just cruise around the Medway and Thames, we would have it based in the Medway or at home on a trailer and use it around the south coast
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That number of people suggest a boat of at least 7.3m and a good engine to get fair performance and economy/range looks essential.

Two pairs of jockey seats, plus one in the front of the console and a rear bench in front of the transom would give you 8/9 comfortably.

How much gear (ie stowage) will you need?

In your other thread on the same subject you mention trailering, so I would say you want something under 8m.
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See my reply to the same question in Ribs Wanted.

Merge perhaps?
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Looks good - -

http://www.rib.net/forum/f21/tornado...0-a-39603.html
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new to this forum stuff and dont really know how to merge the two
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new to this forum stuff and dont really know how to merge the two
That is ok, the mighty moderators did it and got rid of the one in the for sale section too.
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David - you can't it needs a moderator to do the tidying up. Generally on here 99% of people seem to read stuff in most categories anyway so no need to cross post into multiple forums (which just makes it confusing for people on where to reply).

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New fish doesn't say he has no experience. There ARE other boats that aren't RIBs. Your's for example...
indeed there are - but my psychic powers told me he was relatively new to boating (I'm surprised that you didn't already have him plotted on the Willk wall of secret knowledge!). However RIBs aren't always ideal for large numbers of people because the blowy up bits round the outside take up so much of the seating space.

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i know it's a leap, i wouldn't take out with everyone straight away and planning on more training as well, but i would probably buy it with a good mate and so some times would have 2 families on it and just cruise around the Medway and Thames, we would have it based in the Medway or at home on a trailer and use it around the south coast
OK, many people start off small and are very soon looking to "move up" so it is not necessarily crazy to try and get it right first time. If you'll only ever be doing short hops in good conditions with that many on board then its more reasonable to have people sitting on the tubes - in which case a smaller boat than I originally suggested is possible. If you are going out for more than say 1/2 an hour at a time (which is still 10+ miles at a leisurely cruising speed) then I'd suggest you want proper seats for everyone - so if you only need seat for 4 or 5 at a time you'll have more options, less storage costs, less fuel cost, easier to tow and launch etc, so something around 6m becomes possible.
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