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Old 18 May 2017, 13:28   #1
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New Rib advice pls.

Hi,

As a relative newbie, I would like some advice on buying a new rib on behalf of our family. We currently have a 3.3 Europa sports rib , with a 20hp 4 stroke outboard. We got it after completing our level 2 course for our holiday home in Anglesey. We have had it for a year or two now, and now feel ready to get something more capable. We want to have the flexibility to pull our boys around (donut/wake) and do a spot of fishing. Can't imagine that there will ever be more than 3 adults on it/ 4 kids (currently aged 9-14) but mostly 2 + 2. We don't want to be buying again in next 5 years and want reliability.
We are currently looking at Europa 5.2, with options of either 60hp tohatsu/80 mercury. Review on these are limited, but cost is good with initial prices £15-16.5K being quoted.
However, I know there are a lot of other suppliers and manufacturers out there. Our neighbours have just gone for a brig for instance?

Any advice will be welcome.

Many thanks,

Simon
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Old 18 May 2017, 14:53   #2
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I've never heard of Europa ribs, but you seem to have a healthy budget so I wouldn't rush into anything. The world is your crustacean
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Old 18 May 2017, 15:20   #3
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For that budget look at Humber , xs ribs sold by Barnet marine both British built
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-XS460-...p2056016.l4276
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Old 19 May 2017, 08:20   #4
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For that budget you could get quite a lot of boat from a decent manufacturer. Humber, XS(formerly Tornado), Redbay, RibCraft, RibEye, Avon, Zodiac and Ballistic all make decent boats.

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Where are the Europas made? It doesnt say on their website as I can see.
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Last year we were in exactly the same position as yourself, we sold our sibs and upgraded to a small rib.
Usually only two aboard plus towing wakeboard/kneeboard/toy so after a bit of research finally went for a new 5m XS rib with a 60hp Mariner bolted on the back. Including a trailer it all came in well under your budget so you should be good to consider some of the UK built boats mentioned above.
Early days but pleased with quality and performance of ours.
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