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Old 27 March 2006, 08:09   #11
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Having run a Ringrib since the later end of 97, I can say that it has proven strong, with no part of the boat coming apart, mine came from Mike Ring himself. It could be said that some manufacturers paint the areas not seen and some interior design work and ducting is better thought out, but to the hulls and design one thing can be sure, Ring hulls have proven themselves, along with some other well known manufacturers. Some well known hulls like Scorpion and Ribcraft, where is the proof that these hulls are any good? remove the tubs and let the hull speak without it's water wings, they may be nothing more than average!!! In my opinion and it is just my opinion, if a manufacturer has proven his hull in offshore racing, then at least you know the design works, and if it wins, it's a good one. I am talking here of small fast planning boats.
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Old 27 March 2006, 09:45   #12
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Hello.

Thanks for all of your help. Ribcraft are definitely up there. Roy I've seen your superb website and videos...fantastic. I used to live in Flushing so know the Carrick Roads very well.

The absolute maximum budget is 15000. I may go and see the Ring in Topsham this weekend out of curiosity. It seems to be a make that has both its lovers and haters. I've also been on the Leeway website and have seen some interesting crat there. I take on board the comments regarding the Zodiacs.

Also seen a very nice Avon 620 on the web.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/LYM006/

Any comments? Really don't want the bayliner!!

Jon
Please go and view as many ribs as you can that fall into your budget, then come and view ours. i know for a fact you'll be very impressed. i look forward to receiving another happy customer...
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Old 27 March 2006, 09:51   #13
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So you're saying Scorpions are mass market ribs for the aspiring middle manager and Rings are stylish, have the build quality of a B&Q shed and are worth tuppence after three years?


I have no idea whether that is an accurate reflection of the qualities of the boats in question but I PMSL anyway!
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Old 27 March 2006, 11:15   #14
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hello, it seems you are on a tight budget for the size and specification of rib you are after, so i guesssecond hand would be the way to go, youmention humber in your first [post as an option, i would say they are great value, highly capable, offshore craft, with although not the finnish of say a scorpion, they definately have the buld quality to last many years of abuse!!!!!
on your budget as you want as much boat for your money as poss, i wouldnt go for a scorpion, and a ring, well although they are nice craft, i dont hold their hulls in as much regard when it comes to offshore ribbing, althought they are nice coastal cruisers! avon.....good boats, but again, not truly offshore in nature, the example you showed, is a basic example.
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F88254/
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/RFT044/

couple of decent ribcrafts there......good boats, not the pedigree of some others, but people can vouch for them!
otherwise i would go for a second hand Humber ocean pro, or i dont know, maybe just slightly over your budget, a new Humber destroyer 6m, or even 6.5m, with 115hp, or 140hp suzuki! call them see whats possible, they may d a deal for you!
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Old 27 March 2006, 15:56   #15
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so how many PM's you had so far Doc




The Avon 620 it's an Adventurer then that is a Zodiac and I don't think that will do what you want it to in the sea! Also they are flying around for that kinda money new! My blocking software won't let me view Boats and Outboards so I can't look at the spec but have to agree with xpertski comments on the Avonin particular and his other comments in General

Ribit re your comments re the Ring Rib Out of Interest do you know how many Ring Ribs have distinguished them selves in International competition as opposed to Scorpions
or Revenger ribs.


Jusr remember there are a lot more boats out there than buyers so take your time and get it right. Don't discount a good secondhand Osprey either they have always been built well
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Old 27 March 2006, 16:09   #16
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My blocking software won't let me view Boats and Outboards so I can't look at the spec
Computer Techies ah , never around when you need one, you've had loads of em hanging around your workshop that could sort that out Stu , ask us at the weekend or even Ben should now.
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Old 27 March 2006, 17:04   #17
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... but if towed will be behind a Honda CRV....
Hi Jon,

I tow with a CRV. Part time 4x4 - spins its wheels a bit too often for me - great car though. Towing weight is 1500Kg Max. Got a 7.0 Mtr Humber Ocean Pro. With trailer, fuel & lots of kit - I'm right on the limit (trying to find a decent Disco at the moment).

As for the Humber - worth a look. How about the 6.3 Ocean Pro? Should tow that comfortably. Strong & seaworthy. Can't help with the others - no experience of them.

Happy hunting.

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Old 28 March 2006, 07:40   #18
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I am not saying I would not buy a scorpion rib, as they have so many happy customers on this forum alone, and many people have probably re ordered one, so that many customers cant be wrong. My comment was just out of intrest as far as I know the scorpion hull has never proven its self racing without tub's, along with many other's. my opinion is that tub's can mask a not very good hull, where as Ring, Phantom, Revenger and many more have excelled in compitition in offshore events over many years, Ring still race in the Honda series and look at the punishment they take in that.
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Old 28 March 2006, 07:45   #19
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I am not saying I would not buy a scorpion rib, as they have so many happy customers on this forum alone, and many people have probably re ordered one, so that many customers cant be wrong. My comment was just out of intrest as far as I know the scorpion hull has never proven its self racing without tub's, along with many other's. my opinion is that tub's can mask a not very good hull, where as Ring, Phantom, Revenger and many more have excelled in compitition in offshore events over many years, Ring still race in the Honda series and look at the punishment they take in that.
I would also argue that a hull designed to work with inflatable sponsons is potentially far better than one that had them stuck on as an afterthought...
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Old 28 March 2006, 08:26   #20
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True roycruse, that could be a valid point, I had woundered that myself, and probably manufacturer's would argue that very point, I guess it comes down to if your having fun with your boat and you are happy with it, then that's all that matters
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