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Old 09 October 2007, 03:42   #11
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Very nice Ian, hope you won't be too dissapointed .

Well spec'd boat, have a look on Here
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Old 09 October 2007, 03:45   #12
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For me, one of the best things about RIB's as far as kids are concerned is that there is almost nothing for them to hurt themselves on - it's like one big bouncy castle.

If you're out in a bit of chop, that's worth having I reckon.

Also, that aluminium boat that the link above shows weighs 720kg, quite a bit more than the same size RIB methinks.

It seems that many of the UK ribs go for the inline jockey seat arrangement, but there are other manufacturers that make ribs in a more family friendly way, with bench seats and 'lounging' areas.
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Old 09 October 2007, 05:53   #13
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The boat I have bought is a seamark 550 sc with a 90 etec
Looks like a good choice. Let us know how you get on with it!

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Old 09 October 2007, 12:12   #14
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Yes Ill let you know how we get on with it .
It was a much better ride than my valiant when i tested it and it was pleasant to drive .
Time will tell , one thing i do know is that the family are exited about going boating for a change .

I agree with the thoughts on the soft tubes of a rib being kid safe and having hired a leisure rib on holiday bench seats near the stern would be my choice for a family boat . On jockey seats kids can't touch the floor they get uncomfy and feel insecure
Its horses for courses i guess .
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Old 10 October 2007, 05:32   #15
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Ian I think it looks like a good choice for the family!
We ended up with some thing very similar to you & the hole family love it & if it gets windy & the spray or rain start we just put the roof up!
We have used it much more because it offers us protection from the elements that the rib never could & the kids love the little cabin!
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do ours.

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Old 10 October 2007, 07:00   #16
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Nice boat - with that cover and cuddy I would get the wife out as well!

I like the idea of the high sides for keeping the kids in as well. Cannot buy one though as she thinks having a sailing dinghy & rib is excessive already - and i enjoy both too much to get rid of either!!
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Old 10 October 2007, 08:48   #17
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Nice boat - with that cover and cuddy I would get the wife out as well!

I like the idea of the high sides for keeping the kids in as well. Cannot buy one though as she thinks having a sailing dinghy & rib is excessive already - and i enjoy both too much to get rid of either!!
Yep it has been a great success!
As I tell the wife "you can never have enough boats!"
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Old 10 October 2007, 18:09   #18
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Yep it has been a great success!
As I tell the wife "you can never have enough boats!"

Yes more than one boat would be best but not enough space to keep them all .
I would like to keep the SIB or swap it for a zap cat, but its gone in px for the new boat .
Off to pick it up Friday for a good weekend of boating if the weather holds .
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Old 11 October 2007, 03:47   #19
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Yes more than one boat would be best but not enough space to keep them all .
I would like to keep the SIB or swap it for a zap cat, but its gone in px for the new boat .
Off to pick it up Friday for a good weekend of boating if the weather holds .
But you will need a tender!
Have fun weather looks good for the week end.
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Old 11 October 2007, 14:47   #20
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Talking of tenders , I really liked those inflatable sailboard/towable things I saw the boatshow .

If I didn't allready have a big Biscuit/donut and an inflatable canoe i would have bought one . The kids would never get bored with it and fun for adults too .
I can't find the name anywhere but have a feeling they are made by avon
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