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Old 08 August 2007, 11:39   #1
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New RIB

Hi all,
Im looking to order a new RIB for delivery near X-mas time, i want a 6.5 ish with about 150Hp>200Hp on the back that can handle itself in a bit of a seaway (im no fairweater boater, just as well living here ) it will be going out in the rough stuff a lot & some long distance cruising too as well as just lazing around catching the ray's (hopefully) with the family, Also want a top speed around 45knts+ to give me around 32knts>35knts cruising. Been thinking about a...

Ribcraft 650 sport with 175Hp,
Ribeye 650 sport with 150Hp,
Osprey Vipermax 6.5 with 175>200Hp,
Revenger 715 with 175>200Hp,

I just dont know what to go for, they are all good boats i have been told but i have not driven any of um myself so was looking for some real-time feedback from real users ie; build quality / top speed's / best engine configerations / handling / fuel economy / residual value's,
Any input would be greatly appreciated,
Many thanks.
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Old 08 August 2007, 13:33   #2
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Most important thing is - what's your budget? Have you considered something in the 7m range slightly used???
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Old 08 August 2007, 14:07   #3
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Yes id go up to 7m>7.5m, my budget is around 25k-30k ish. I would'ent mind doing a bit of a build project thats why i thought of an Osprey Vipermax 6.5 or a Revenger 715, i would look at a secondhand boat but it would have to be like new.....
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Vipermax 6.5

Spike, there are a few of us on here in the process of, or have completed 6.5 Vipermax builds. There are some things to think about but nothing earth shattering. If you want some detail from someone 'in the process of' PM me.
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Old 08 August 2007, 15:14   #5
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Yes id go up to 7m>7.5m, my budget is around 25k-30k ish. I would'ent mind doing a bit of a build project thats why i thought of an Osprey Vipermax 6.5 or a Revenger 715, i would look at a secondhand boat but it would have to be like new.....
What about a bigger vipermax? The reason being you mention rough weather and sun lounging - both need biggish boats - especially the latter!!!

The Revengers are fantastic high speed boats - well built and have good resale. I love the look of the vipermax but have no real experience of them.

One thing I have found is that you can often have more fun in a smaller boat - look at zapcats for example!!!
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Only problem is with a RIB bigger than 7m is the build & running costs ie: i will need a bigger engine to get the top/cruising speed in turn that will cost more to run & buy. I think that a 6.5m with a 200Hp i should be able to do a top line fit-out for the budget i have allowed, i have spoken to a man at Osprey today & he is getting back to me tomorrow with a costing on hull & tubes with tripple rear seat with engine well & twin jockey seats behind a double consol on a trailer so we will see. I would be very interested in having a chat with someone who has had expirence with a Revenger 715. Im still waiting for Ribcraft to get back to me on a 6.5 sport.
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I remember reading a review of the Revenger and it was given a very good writeup - can't remember where though. A bloke I know went for a spin in one and said it was incredible - very fast and very stable - he should know a bit about RIBs - been with the RNLI for years.

Revenger have great build quality - theres someone on here called fjordrafting who really hammers his boats - Revengers seem to be the only one's that last.

I am a bit biased towards Revengers in that my boat has the same basic hull - only with extra beam and a fuller bow section. Revengers can be a bit pointy and more prone to stuffing than some but that is mainly down to the way they are driven.
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Hi Mike - hope you've now received all the prices etc. - let us know if you want anything else - here's a couple of pictures of a boat we recently supplied and looks absolutely great.

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that's a lot of bird crap on the pontoon - feckin gulls must be dining at local curry house
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Hi Mike - hope you've now received all the prices etc. - let us know if you want anything else - here's a couple of pictures of a boat we recently supplied and looks absolutely great.

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very nice roy never new that they had this seating lay out as an option..
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Yes - there are loads of options available, in fact there isn't really a 'standard' layout - each boat is made to the customer's specification wherever possible.

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Stunning boat the osprey viper, the geometry of the craft is spot on and they handle as good as they look, like a dream
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Would you care to expand on this please Tim?
fuk mee downt starrt im orf. att dis tyme ov nite de bristul nobbur wil bee ful ov syder. hiz powst wud bee longir thann dat buk wor an peece rit by dat rushan git tollstoy.

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There is quite a few things i like about the osprey viper, the first thing is how the hull is practically the whole length of the tubes i.e no big over hang of tube at the bow or stern which gives a genuine size hull for type of craft and length of tubes, if you know what i'm saying, and makes a strong bow section. The hull at the front also cuts through choppy seas with ease, the centre consul is a nice shape and makes you feel nice and secure at the helm, nice deep vee hull, massive beam and big tubes that give outstanding sea keeping, the massive beam also makes the craft excellent in a following sea, Not to mention the sexy A frame and handy bow locker, i think the 5.25 viper is probably the best rib in its class for looks and sea keeping, maybe i'm bias but i don't think so
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There is quite a few things i like about the osprey viper, the first thing is how the hull is practically the whole length of the tubes i.e no big over hang of tube at the bow or stern which gives a genuine size hull for type of craft and length of tubes, if you know what i'm saying, and makes a strong bow section. The hull at the front also cuts through choppy seas with ease, the centre consul is a nice shape and makes you feel nice and secure at the helm, nice deep vee hull, massive beam and big tubes that give outstanding sea keeping, the massive beam also makes the craft excellent in a following sea, Not to mention the sexy A frame and handy bow locker, i think the 5.25 viper is probably the best rib in its class for looks and sea keeping, maybe i'm bias but i don't think so
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Now, what about this geometry? Put your bottle down for a minute and tell me a bit more about it?
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Hi Roy,
Just got back & had a look at the pic's you e-mailed me....luv the boat, TOLD the wife we avin one! I will get back to you after the weekend with the spec, but just so you can be ready,
Same colour & pattern tubes as the one shown on here,
Rear seats with gray centers but white outers & seat seperators & Osprey embroidery in black on seat backs,
Only two single Jockey seats gray with white pipeing with Osprey embroidery on both backs in black,
Same consol with screen (light gray tinted) but set back as far as poss to allow for 2m molded sun pad,
Sun pad in Gray with white 12" wide center band (for to aft) with black 12" diameter Osprey logo embroided on the center white section,
We will talk about the 'A' frame as i want a Radar scanner on it so will need to be above head level.
& engine still not sure....200Hp Opti or E-tec price will dictate i think...
Now im exited!
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