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Old 04 September 2016, 03:17   #11
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Have you looked at any recent Ribeyes? They got off to a rocky start in the early days, but that was getting on for 20 years ago and their new boats are in a completely different league.

I think some idiot mentioned Ribeyes in post 5 ages ago
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Old 04 September 2016, 03:48   #12
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Indeed he did, although you'd be hard pressed to find any blue piping these days.

My post was for Mick really, not the OP
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Old 04 September 2016, 04:02   #13
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Have you looked at any recent Ribeyes? They got off to a rocky start in the early days, but that was getting on for 20 years ago and their new boats are in a completely different league.

The Ribeyes I've seen in the last few years have been pretty impressive, with good attention to detail and a seating layout that works well. I'd definitely consider one for the OP's application.

They're not cheap though. Reassuringly expensive would be more like it.

They might be in a different league but it sure ain't premiership 😂 the build quality just isn't good enough
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Old 04 September 2016, 04:47   #14
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They might be in a different league but it sure ain't premiership 😂 the build quality just isn't good enough
I'm not convinced they are worse than some British made boats. they seem to still be in reasonable shape 5-10 yrs later. Whilst they are made overseas the company is based here and has an extensive and well established (so knowledgeable?) dealer network. I also understood the finishing work (the detail you don't like I assume?) is done in England, just the bare hulls made in SA? I also believe they do quite a good job at looking after their customers and getting repeat business. I've never owned and am very unlikely to own a ribeye but they get a hard time here for supplying exactly what the main bit of the leisure market wants - a reasonably attractive and capable boat with a reliable engine, and requiring minimum thought on layouts etc.

ribeyes don't look out of place in the south of France, whereas some of our more industrial boats will look like the harbour master* - what matters most is that the hull can handle the med chop and a ribeye will be fine with it.

* that may not be a bad thing, I was once flagged down by a wafi tying up to a visitor mooring waving notes at me - apparently a functional rather than beautiful boat and a flotation suit gives the appearance of authority! could be a nice little earner if I had been quicker thinking!
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whereas some of our more industrial boats will look like the harbour master* - what matters most is that the hull can handle the med chop and a ribeye will be fine with it.

* that may not be a bad thing, I was once flagged down by a wafi tying up to a visitor mooring waving notes at me - apparently a functional rather than beautiful boat and a flotation suit gives the appearance of authority! could be a nice little earner if I had been quicker thinking![/QUOTE]

Personally I believe good Function and Good looks are not mutually exclusive.
Infact like Stalin once said about overwhelming superior numbers in Battle ..."They have a quality all of thier own!"
...and I've been impressed with some of the Ribeye Ribs I've seen at Sea ...like the idea of cashing in though!
With 20k to spend the OP has a healthy Budget which should give him options...and the advice should (as always be) look hard and long and try as many Hulls and configerations as you can...whilst deciding what YOU want from YOUR RIB
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Old 04 September 2016, 05:11   #16
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Ribeye Prime series hulls have been manufactured at Dartmouth since 2014.
The ribeye knocking on here reminds me of my wife's attitude to Skoda, Things have moved on!
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Old 04 September 2016, 05:38   #17
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whereas some of our more industrial boats will look like the harbour master* - what matters most is that the hull can handle the med chop and a ribeye will be fine with it.

* that may not be a bad thing, I was once flagged down by a wafi tying up to a visitor mooring waving notes at me - apparently a functional rather than beautiful boat and a flotation suit gives the appearance of authority! could be a nice little earner if I had been quicker thinking!
Personally I believe good Function and Good looks are not mutually exclusive.
Infact like Stalin once said about overwhelming superior numbers in Battle ..."They have a quality all of thier own!"
...and I've been impressed with some of the Ribeye Ribs I've seen at Sea ...like the idea of cashing in though!
With 20k to spend the OP has a healthy Budget which should give him options...and the advice should (as always be) look hard and long and try as many Hulls and configerations as you can...whilst deciding what YOU want from YOUR RIB[/QUOTE]


I going off what the lads in the Med have told me from using them and the ribeye was only 12 month old and was full of gel cracks etc bit like Sunseeker look good but when it comes to it there not up to much 😉
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Old 04 September 2016, 09:38   #18
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I have seen a lot of Zar61 in Croatia.

What about used Zodiac PRO Open 650 ?

If it is for French why not to buy French boat ...
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Having spent a lot time in rib in the med. and other temperate locations for work and for leisure. In the UK, you will not see a more utilitarian type boat than in any other region for a reason and a majority are that way. As ribs in the Uk are excellent boats and very sea worthy, they are not necessarily the best boat in the med for family and leisure. Not saying you couldn't do it.

Based on my experience I highly recommend looking for a rib that will allow you quality time and comfort while at anchor and at speed. Having a foredeck that will allow you to lay down or give you the ability to sit down comfortably with a friend or friends for a lunch. Also, a place for a ice box to keep drinks & food cool is important in the med.

Having jockey seats are pure joy for your back while at sea, I love them for that while working but fairly sure you won't always need them for everybody in the med for leisure use in good weather. You say two people mostly and maybe four occasionally. I would think having two jockey seats at the console and a bench seat in the back for the occasional passenger and storage. It's easy to remove jockeys and put in a rear bench seat/locker if you like. You can alway go back to more jockey's like the rib in the pic.

Having said that, you also need to be careful of the type of weekend excursion med ribs with all the bells and whistles with fancy lines, they are not known for the best quality, reliability or sea worthiness. I say to try to find something in-between.

I like the layout of this rib in the pic (Ballistic 650), it has the ability to convert the bow into a big sun bed or four people or more people sitting comfortably during a sunset cocktail.

There's nothing better than speeding off to a remote quiet cove, setting a anchor for a nice lunch, take a nap or read a book or all of above. Your wife, girlfriend or mistress will appreciate that.

I'm not sure about the quality of Ballistic ribs or this one in particular, others on the forum will be better for that. It's for sale on rib.net (2007 Ballistic 650 - 175hp 18,000). I think this could suit you well and appears to have a fairly good v hull and bow looks like it's high enough for sea worthiness in the UK.

Fancy med boats will not do in the UK so I recommend finding something (if possible in budget) that can suit both regions. I think this type of rib layout can offer you that.

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I would have a look at stingher and predictor ribs too, I do like my ribeye witch surprisingly has not fallen apart in 10 years but I think you can get a better layout for what you want! All the brigs I see these days look well put together.
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