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Old 18 September 2016, 13:07   #1
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New small RIB advice

In the process of upsizing from SIB world to small RIB land.
Already purchased a new Mariner 60 EFI 4 stroke long shaft motor at a good price, so committed now.
Looking to buy a new 4.7m max length rib as this will fit in my garage over winter by loosening and sliding in the trailer drawbar etc.
Regular use is in typical coastal North Sea chop and short pitch swell, mainly 2 up and towing wakeboard or toys plus occasional longer trips in good conditions.
Will be buying new, at the cheaper end of the market, and am quite keen on an XS Ribs XS-460. Quite happy with the no frills utilitarian/workboat look while impressed with the relative deep v hull profile, generous beam, UK build and an excellent deal from Barnet Marine.
Looked at a few Chinese/Korean made boats at comparable prices but have reservations on quality and hull profiles for good sea keeping/comfort on our waters.
Any thoughts/opinions on XS Ribs in general from the collective, before I push the button.
Thanks.
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Old 18 September 2016, 14:14   #2
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I was out of Newbiggin today and it was hard work in the Aerotec with the chop on.
Seriously thinking of a rib for next year. Only problem is the lack of decent slipways from Cullercoates to Newbiggin :-( . Be nice to know how you get on with whatever you buy as if I do get a rib it will also be around the size you are looking for.
Best of luck with your search.
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Old 18 September 2016, 14:23   #3
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Ribcraft 4.8

I have a 4.8 ribcraft Orange black no patches on tubes all in good nik ....
hull tubes console aframe backrests all ready to take a engine send me a mail I'll send pics
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Old 19 September 2016, 07:48   #4
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Derren,
Sounds good but really looking at a new boat.
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