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Old 14 January 2006, 14:40   #21
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Luckily where we are were near exmouth and they have a harbour and couple of launch ramps, i need to investigate the camber of the ramp and see how difficult it's going to be to lauch the boat and if the weights going to have a huge impact or not, as for storage it would either be in a garage on under a marquey under a cover..

I'm looking for something that im going to be able to have fun with basiclly, like i say fairly quick, light would be a bonus and the lighter i guess the more agile and no bigger than 4m..
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Old 14 January 2006, 14:42   #22
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hello and welcome! i always think that if your going for that size of craft and your new to boats, an inflatable is a good point to start at, for example a bombard aerotec, with say a 15-20 hp on it, you can also get steering systems for these which makes life easier than using a tiller, have a look on boatsandoutboards.com for them, say a 380 (12.6ft) would fit the bill, it has a high pressure inflatable floor which is quite rigid and gives the hull its vee shape, its also lighter than any comparable rib, which means its quicker! there are similar boats, but i speak from experience with this one! have a look see what you can find! jonathan
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Polwart: Thanks for the response, in regards to what application im looking to use the rib for it's aimed towards the region of as i said summer fun.. So close to shore, ripping about and possibility some activitys involving a ringo,

Budget is going to be another decider for me as well, it is only going to be used during the summer months and stored away in the winter.. It would be slightly silly me paying loads of money for something that will only be used 1 season a year, as i've said i am fairly new to ribs and the reason i took to the rhino rider so quickly is most likely down to the way it looks.. I've been looking at the Quicksilver 370's as well, i'm still a little undecided which way i want to head.. Want something fairly quick, fun, light, agile and with a steering rig,
This might be a stupid question - but does a PWC not fulfill those criteria?
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Sorry... PWC?
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Old 14 January 2006, 14:52   #25
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Sorry took so long writing my original email I missed ADS comments... ...most of what he says I would agree with but here are some more thoughts...

PWC is Personal Watercraft, Jetski etc

I can't comment specifically on the rhino - but my plastic boat is considerably lighter than I would expect for an equivalent grp boat. I can just lift it off one side of the trailer to ajust the bunks etc - and I'm a weaking!



That's all relative - they're not as fast as a PWC, or a rib with a much bigger engine. But as someone recently observed to me - its very like being in a go-kart on water. Even if its "relatively slow" it feels fast as f**k.



The alternative I am suggesting is slightly bigger so you will get more people on it. Comfortably 3 - no problems, and RCD rated for 6 (in class D water - or 3 in class C) - whicyou can't really fit more than two people on there,



I think I would be inclined to agree with that (but no worse than any other 3m boat?). And I would think they are also better than a 3m SIB in the same conditions. My boat is certainly wet in a following sea with waves over ~0.5m. But I have had it out in worse and survived to tell the tale.



I don't know what your budget is or what these cost, but as a guide, with a trailer, 20HP engine etc my 3.9m boat cost just under 4k new. I can't remember how much the 3.6m mac-attack was working out at but it was certainly more than this - possible closer to 7k all in?

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Agree with what your saying, sort of. I have very little experience of the boats you mention probably totalling a couple of days spent in one of those orange commando jobbies, so cannot really comment.
Mercury did at one stage market the rhino rider as an alternative to a PWC, and they are like comparing Paris Hilton and Margaret Thatcher. The rhino I drove was gutless taking an age to crawl onto the plane and you spend the whole time pressing as hard as you can on the throttle, im surprised the control box didnt come off in my hand. Probably topped out at 25mph, on the flat and in the rough you had to come off the plane, whilst they are good as a fun run about they do not compare to a 4m rib. Im sure they are over 5k new and you can get a much more capable boat for the money.

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Sorry... PWC?
PWC, Personal Water Craft, Jetski etc
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Would prefer a inflatable over a pwc for the storage space, can't really carry fishing gear on a jetski
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Would prefer a inflatable over a pwc for the storage space, can't really carry fishing gear on a jetski
Fair enough - it will also save you having to have your brain removed!
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Fair enough - it will also save you having to have your brain removed!
Careful you will upset xpertski, but I agree the only qualification you need to operate a jetski is an ASBO.
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