Whilst many who post on this board seem to be stalwart "sea dogs"
there must be many lurkers who run a mile from some of the brands which are slated in favour of the old faithfulls, Ribcraft, Humber etc.....
I came on here a couple of years ago as a complete rib novice read plenty of post and got a feel about deep Vs, lengths of boats, layouts, engines etc....Very helpful and thanks to all the regular posters.
I didn't listen to any of you and went out and bought a Ribeye 5m Playtime. I spent two great summers in the Med with it, it was slow (with its 80hp Yam) but had a decent ride (and you guys who moan about "solent chop" have not seen the Med during even a light Mistral) and ideal seating for how we used it....and it looked great amongst the other Euro ribs
I could tell that the thing was going to fall to bits on me pretty quickly, the fittings were cr@p, things came loose and the whole thing felt like it would be worthless if I kept it another year.
I wanted a ~6.5m rib with similar seating layout and I also wanted one which was light in weight (the Ribeye 5m actually weighed 1088kg inc trailer) for ease of towing and handling out of the water.
I looked at many different options and spoke (time wasted) with lots of different manufacturers. There is one conclusion, every manufacturer's rib is the best. they all have racing pedigree and they all sell to the military/professional market and they all have superior hulls with mega soft rides yet built in efficiency
I have purchased a Rib X 640 with Evinrude 150 HO.... The quality of the structure and the fittings is very far ahead of the Ribeye, the boat looks awesome and it is very fast...possibly a bit too fast in acceleration. People sneer on here about Rib X and Colin the owner/importer, but TBH he probably doesn't give a t0ss as it seems he is selling plenty of these boats.
I will report back once I've done a full season in it and hope I won't be eating humble pie