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Old 07 November 2004, 12:27   #1
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Hi,

I have been reading the forum for the last couple of months and registered a few days ago with a view to eventually buying a rib.
Firstly though, congratulations on a great site and many thanks for some very informative, knowledgeable and very often comical (although not always intended) posts.
I am looking at a 6.5 to 7 meter with 110-150 outboard engine. I have a 2lt 4x4 for towing.
I will be using the rib in the Solent - mainly cruising with my wife and children. Had a keen interest in RIB-X, Humber and XS. Have also visited Lawrence at Barnet who was very helpful. However, the ’The chief’ was not too so keen as she thinks that its a bit commercial looking in colour(!!) and two she wants rear bench/bucket seats for older friends, children and perhaps even mother(!) for Sunday sails. To an extent, I had to agree with her.

I am also looking to do a powerboat course. What type course do I need to attend?

Comments/advice welcome please particularly on locally available models and their suitability for purpose.
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Old 07 November 2004, 12:38   #2
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Nik,

First of all welcome to the forum. You will get lots of useful advice on this topis I expect because there are a lot of owners of the RIBs you have listed.

I myself can't really help you other than have you looked at Solent RIBs (www.fairweathermarine.co.uk) and ring/ribcraft (www.bembridgeoutboards.co.uk)?

As you can see from my profile I am an engineering student at southampton. Are you a lecturer at this fine university?!

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Old 07 November 2004, 13:10   #3
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Hi Nick

Welcome to this site, if it helps I have just bought an Avon 620 Adventure with 2 Double Jockey's and a bench seat behind and also bench seat in front of/as part of the main steering consule. I went for a Suzuki DF140hp which I have to say I am thrilled with. The Rib is also in the new Avon darker blue. As for Powerboat course I did the Powerboat Level 2 course which aslo gives you the ICC certificate which you need if you want to go overseas. I did this at http://www.powerboat-training-uk.co.uk/ and found them very helpful, also did my VHF Radio course there as well. About to book up my Intermediate Course with them too.

Anyway I use my Rib in the Solent so perhaps hook up with you sometime and go cruising. You will also find a lot of other friendly people on here too!!
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Old 07 November 2004, 13:19   #4
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Oh Nik, forgot to mention, if you are a lecturer at the uni, we can do powerboat course there and at very reasonable prices. I assume it is all RYA affiliated but I'm not sure.

Otherwise, there are loads of schools in the area. To name but a few on this forum: Rogue Wave (Soton), Tim Griffin (Cowes) etc etc

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Old 07 November 2004, 14:06   #5
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Welcome to this site, if it helps I have just bought an Avon 620 Adventure with 2 Double Jockey's and a bench seat behind and also bench seat in front of/as part of the main steering consule. I went for a Suzuki DF140hp which I have to say I am thrilled with. The Rib is also in the new Avon darker blue.

I was going to mention the Avon - mate has one and is very pleased with it - very well sorted leisure RIB.
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Old 07 November 2004, 16:31   #6
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Welcome.

I don't think much of the Xrib at all. I do not think they are made by craftsmen and although attractive if you are going to use it regularly I think it would depreciate quite quickly.

Bench seat on the back is Ok but I'd avoid having one of those front seats that fit on to the console I think they are quite an easy way of giving somebody a bad back on a RIB

I think the XS are quite nifty ribs Humbers have a solid reputation ans also I think people are happy with Raiders. the Ring and Solents are likely to be quite fast compared to the other boats say plus 5 lnots buy the ride may be a tad twitchy for Granny!

It might also be worth you having a look at Parker Ribs which I also think are well made Andre who posts on this site makes em.
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Old 07 November 2004, 17:14   #7
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Nik,

Like Rogue I ain't a big fan of Rib-X. Heard much more bad stories about them/ Falcons than any other RIB on the market. All IMHO of course!!

As you can see I've got an XS-600 from Barnet Marine. I know they do look a bit commercial but if you choose the right colours (see pic) they can look like a nice leisure RIB too. You can pretty much have what ever colour you want for the glasswork and any colour tubes too except at an extra cost if not blue/orange/grey.

On a more important note, especially as you say you will be bringin children, older friends & Granny!! The XS hull gives a safe, soft, comfortable ride and is VERY DRY. I haven't got wet in anything F6 or below yet.

Here's a clip of us ripping it up!!

http://homepage.eircom.net/~xs600/XS...0%20edited.MPG

Would also reccommend the new 6.5 Redbay Hurricane, it has a moulded deck/ console and so is a good compromise between the commercial/leisure look. A VERY capable RIB.
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Old 07 November 2004, 17:58   #8
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Nik,

Greeting 7 best of look wth search.. I was in a simillar situation to our self.

Two kids...wife who likes to ski.....friends who want winter wave chasing....

Tried many boats and many different seating arrangements until one day I trialed a fully furnished boat , with bench seats et al ......not a good idea.

Resumed search with focus on good sea boat with double row of jockey seats.

Started to look seriously at Redbay, trialed same, bought6.5.

Redbay have approx four in stock at present.

Best of luck with search.
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Old 07 November 2004, 18:42   #9
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I spent a lot of time trying to find a family rib but still having good quality and safe handerling. The one that came out tops for me was the Scorpion 8.1 with 4 good jockey seats and a bench seat at the back. I even get my 80 year old farther and 76 year old mum across the island for lunch at Folly
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Old 07 November 2004, 19:00   #10
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I am also looking to do a powerboat course. What type course do I need to attend?
Hi Nik,

You should do an RYA powerboat Level 2 course - and if you haven't owned a RIB before, do this before looking at buying your RIB. And try to do the course on a similarly sized boat to the one you're planning to buy.

Then when you get to the stage of looking at RIBs, make sure you try as many as possible on the water - don't buy one with out a sea trial.

HTH!
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