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Old 11 April 2008, 12:46   #11
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If I was you I would go for new, and be safe in the knowledge you have a reliable rib.

I bought a 5.5mtr Humber Destroyer from Jono Garton. Really pleased with my choice, and excellent back up fom both Jono and Ian. Well recommended.
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Old 11 April 2008, 12:59   #12
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Deffo second hand in my opinion.

As has already been said I can guarantee you'll want to change something once you've a season under your belt, you will probably want to change the boat completly after a year, or make some big changes to what you have.



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Old 11 April 2008, 13:17   #13
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what ever you do, if you buy second hand insist on a sea trial and take somebody that knows about ribs, don't give a big deposit then have the sea trial. If you don't have a friend that knows about ribs ask for help here ( but don't ask me because i dont know enough sorry). Enjoy your course.
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Old 11 April 2008, 13:33   #14
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Thanks to everyone who has replied to my questions.

Just one more question , how do Ballistic ribs rate as compared to the ribtec and ribeye

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No direct experience, but by reputation Ribtec and Ribeye are soft riding well built boats, Ballistic not so much so. Of course it depends on the hull length, as a generalisation the longer the hull length, the better it will ride - but it will be heavier (a little more diffficult to tow and launch if you are going to use your boat that way) and generally will need a bigger engine, so running costs will be higher.
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Old 11 April 2008, 15:40   #15
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I see a bit of patern here , those who recommend second hand (NOS, Tim M, Nasher etc) are well known fiddlers who would have the knowledge to fix problems or adapt boats to their needs. A lot comes down to you and you abilities and also you bank balance! I am a self confessed fidler and for me the challenge of adapting the boat to my needs has been one I have enjoyed. (However if I could afford to walk out and buy a brand new boat tomorrow I probably would just for that new boat smell )
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Old 11 April 2008, 15:42   #16
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Thanks to everyone who has replied to my questions.

Just one more question , how do Ballistic ribs rate as compared to the ribtec and ribeye

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I went out on one at Ribex last year and was not overly keen (found the ride not as comfortable in the choppy solent as the other boats I went out on), however that is just my humble opinion.
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I see a bit of patern here , those who recommend second hand (NOS, Tim M, Nasher etc) are well known fiddlers )
I resemble that remark.

Anyway, I have to fiddle with myself as nobody wants to do it for me.

As for the smell, there's nothing like the smell of laminating resin first thing in the morning.

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Old 11 April 2008, 20:35   #18
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I see a bit of patern here , those who recommend second hand (NOS, Tim M, Nasher etc) are well known fiddlers who would have the knowledge to fix problems or adapt boats to their needs. A lot comes down to you and you abilities and also you bank balance! I am a self confessed fidler and for me the challenge of adapting the boat to my needs has been one I have enjoyed. (However if I could afford to walk out and buy a brand new boat tomorrow I probably would just for that new boat smell )
Not sure about that - I don't know much about fiddling with the boat though I have got reasonably competent at bodging it I suppose

I would love to be able to go and buy a brand new one and not notice the cost, though it would probably have to have a roof on it now, which is why I can't afford one. Diesel cabin RIBs seem to be a bit above my price range...
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I would also say go 2nd hand first time out. When I bought my first RIB I bought new and within a couple of months found out that it had a few limitations and in fact traded it in for another new one the year after. Obviously losing a bit of money (fortunately not too much) but would have been happier finding out the limitations of that particular make and model on a 2nd hand RIB.

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