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Old 26 March 2006, 12:37   #1
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Hi.

I posted a week or two ago about buying a new RIB. The boat I went to see was, unfortunately, not suitable so I'm looking for more advice from all you esteemed RIB folk.

A bit about me and what I'm after.

I'm after a good seaworthy boat of around 6m+ and a minimum of 90hp. I want to dive if possible, ski, cruise and preferably do some longer trips...I live in Devon and would love to go to the Scillies for example. It must have comfortable seating for at least 4 people. It will be berthed but if towed will be behind a Honda CRV. Two stroke or 4 stroke, I dont mind. Now, here's the crunch. I have an absolute maximum budget of 15000 which would have to include everything!!

I've seen second hand boats by

Scorpion at JBT
Zodiac at JohnBridger
A very nice looking Ring Powercraft 6.5 with Suzuki 140 FS at Exe Leisure.

Also interested in Ribcraft and Humber because of their sea going qualities.

I don't really want to travel miles and miles to look at boats although I may be in Southampton next weekend.

All advice welcome 'cos if I don't get out on the water soon I'll have to buy a Bayliner!!!!

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Old 26 March 2006, 12:47   #2
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An example
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Old 26 March 2006, 12:57   #3
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Old 26 March 2006, 13:00   #4
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I think I would prescribe the Tohatsu one design 6.0 mtr as a possible cure. the Zodiac you looked at I would suggest be more of a Placebo effect!.

The Universal panacea would be the Scorpion but if it's in your price range then I suspect it's sickly.

The ring is a relatively hard ride and might not be comfortable on a long ride. (fast though )

Humber Ocean pro and Ribcrafts are sweet sea boats and there might be some around

this is worth a lookhttp://www.rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=13102
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Old 26 March 2006, 13:22   #5
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Just an idea of what I've seen.

http://www.exeleisure.co.uk/boat_detail.php?boat=351

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/BMB367/
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jonmitch,

please check our website. as we would be able to make a new rib of 6.3m in length, inc the spec you are after and you could well have change in your pocket for fuel.....we have a demo rib available...
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Old 27 March 2006, 05:37   #7
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Jon, you're looking at a huge range of different craft there...

Scorpion and Ring are very capable, premier league craft. Like a BMW and an Alfa Romeo. The Apex 17 is more of a Proton!
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Hi Jon

You cannot go wrong with Ribcraft

Follow the RIBlog link in my signature to see what I get up to in my 5.85m with its Suzuki DF140. (including trips to the scillies)

You are more than welcome to pop down to cornwall and come out with us to see what they are like on the water.

Some examples up for sale at the moment.

http://ribcraft.boatsandoutboards.co...33/?xreferer=1
http://ribcraft.boatsandoutboards.co...44/?xreferer=1
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Scorpion and Ring are very capable, premier league craft. Like a BMW and an Alfa Romeo.
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?
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Old 27 March 2006, 07:41   #10
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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!!

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