Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 25 February 2003, 14:53   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Sunny Ynys Môn
Boat name: Windchill 2
Make: Ring Powercraft 685
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzuki DF 175
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 150
New(ish) boat

With about £25K to spend on a family RIB with jockeys for 6 to use on the Irish Sea, what would you go for?

New or recent s/h?

Two expensive mistakes already made, I don't want to repeat!
__________________

__________________
Windchill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25 February 2003, 16:06   #2
RIBnet supporter
 
Brian's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Isle of Man
Town: Peel, IOM
Length: no boat
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 2,277
RIBase
Could we hear about the expensive mistakes please?

One of the reasons for asking is that this might give us a clue as to what suits you and what doesn't.
__________________
Brian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25 February 2003, 16:09   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Salisbury
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 459
Re: New(ish) boat

Quote:
Originally posted by Windchill

Two expensive mistakes already made, I don't want to repeat!
Got married & had kids

Yep, made same mistake as well ! LOL

You looking new or secondhand ?
__________________
matiboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25 February 2003, 16:48   #4
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Sunny Ynys Môn
Boat name: Windchill 2
Make: Ring Powercraft 685
Length: 6m +
Engine: Suzuki DF 175
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 150
Tee hee!!

Either really!

Always sailed, but wife hates it, so tried a launch -too slow, then a 14' powerboat - fun but not something I would like to put to sea in often! Then RIBs - first a Medline II clumsy, uncomfortable, no shelter for passengers, chine walk, but loads of storage etc - a great picnic platfom. Also "big" to handle. Then a Humber 5.5 Extreme, bought on the spur of the moment! A better sea boat, albeit wet, gerat driving position, but too small!! Now I want something that will sit on a mooring in the summer, but that can be relatively easily trailed/handled by two chaps for winter excursions.

I like choppy stuff- just as well around Anglesey I suppose, and speed, and jockey seats, and top munt l/h throttles...

Is that enough!
__________________
Windchill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25 February 2003, 16:59   #5
Member
 
Country: Canada
Town: Newfoundland
Length: no boat
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 2,097
Lots of info on here.......

Do a search / look back on previous threads. Everyone has their own favourite - Charles, Julian, Brian and I will say buy a Scorpion for example and others will favour ribcraft, zodiac, avon etc. We'll be right of course.............

For the use you are talking about I would look for 6.5-7.5m boat, probably secondhand but making sure you get a new tech outboard motor - eg. Optimax, Ficht or HPDI 2 stroke or poss a 4 stroke. Avoid carb/ old efi 2 strokes like the plague.

£25k should buy a tidy Scorpion 7.5m for example which is a good size for cruising but still manageable for launch and recovery. For this size boat you do need a 4x4 for towing and launch/recovery.

They say that the search for a new boat is half the fun of it all so enjoy!

Alan
__________________
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25 February 2003, 17:25   #6
Member
 
Country: Other
Make: FB 55
Length: 10m +
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 1,711
Good advice Alan. Windchill, take your time, don't rush into anything. Visit all the main builders, they have a vast array of brokerage ribs, aslo look on 'BOATS FOR SALE' right here on RIBnet.
Good Luck!
__________________
Charles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26 February 2003, 08:07   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Great Harwood, Lancs
Boat name: Tigger II
Make: Bombardier Aerodeck
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu 25HP
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 626
Hi Windchill

As people say dont rush things.

Most people would welcome a chance for you to have a "go" in their boats, joining then for a day out etc.

Why not draw up a shortlist, find people with ones on your shortlist and drop them a PM to see if you could go out with them and see what you think.

Once my new RIB (due 22nd March ) arrives and gets sorted you would be welcome to join me for a day.
In fact I need to bring it up from south wales so will be going by anglesey around easter.

Regards Gary
__________________
Garygee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26 February 2003, 09:20   #8
Member
 
Country: Canada
Town: Newfoundland
Length: no boat
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 2,097
Good advice

...you could also join the RIB.NET gathering in Plymouth on 10/11 May!
__________________

__________________
Alan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:00.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.