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Old 16 January 2006, 17:21   #11
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Hello

Some good adice here if you answer the questions we'll get a better idea of what you want!

what sort of engine did you want, 4 stroke, diesel or a proper one
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Old 17 January 2006, 04:21   #12
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C'mon Cookee, you know you want to.
I have been reading this thread with interest - however I appreciate that we don't have a range of boats, just one, and it will only suit a few people, and in this case in all honesty is probably not what Jerry is looking for!

Thank you for thinking of me though!

Maybe Andre has something?
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Old 17 January 2006, 05:54   #13
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I like Banter

Thank you for the replies and the warm wekcome,

Cookee, if I had the funding I would be interested in your boat. I understand it to be superbly crafted but alas out of my price range.


ADS and Moullanan thank you very much for your replies it's given me a lot to think about. The picture of the boats helped me I like the Ribcraft and the Scorpion but am not unlike my wifefond of the Zodiac, I should imagine my wife and her hairdresser would!

To answer some questions

I would probably tow initially with the Golf My car is a Golf
3 people going to 5 max
Outboard
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Cruising offshore really but the thames is close by
Hold on tight after I have been trained

Rogue Wave Four stroke engine unless there is better

Thanks once again for the help and the offers

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Old 17 January 2006, 07:13   #14
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Bananashark would suit you nicely sir, Now have you considered re-mortgaging?
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Old 17 January 2006, 10:18   #15
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Jerry,

If you get your moneys worth for your 25K, i.e. 7m +, then I don't think your Golf is going to give you enough pulling or stopping power on the slipway.

Oh and yes, I've also got a brilliant boat for sale....

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Someone is gonna try and flog you a 4x4 in a mo Jerry! A Bananarover V8!!
Prob a good point about the Golof though, front wheel drive cars are not great on slips. A 6m+ Rib would be a tall order.
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Old 17 January 2006, 12:53   #18
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To answer some questions

I would probably tow initially with the Golf My car is a Golf
3 people going to 5 max
Outboard
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Cruising offshore really but the thames is close by
Hold on tight after I have been trained

Rogue Wave Four stroke engine unless there is better

Thanks once again for the help and the offers

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Welcome to the forum Jerry,
This sounds very similar to what I was going for about 2 yrs ago only with a much bigger budget, I went for an XS-600 / 150 Optimax rig. Great value for money and excellent boats, but much less than your budget. We tow her with an E200 Kompressor and to be honest it really is the maximum size rig I would consider towing with this car. My point is that I think the Golf would struggle to tow anything above 5.5m unless it was a very light rig.

Might be worth trying a budget 5.5m first to get an idea of what you want in a RIB and move up to a 6.5-7m later on? Just a bit of advice as very few people get their first RIB spot on no matter how much advice they get. This is what I did and I'm now very happy with my current setup.
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Someone is gonna try and flog you a 4x4 in a mo Jerry! A Bananarover V8!!
Prob a good point about the Golof though, front wheel drive cars are not great on slips. A 6m+ Rib would be a tall order.
I completely agree that the Golf will struggle to tow a 7m RIB and you will struggle to find something a boat/trailer combo that big which is even legal to tow with it.

I agree that front wheel drive is not great on slipways (especially when wet or weed covered!!!). I know there are a lot of 4x4 drivers on here - but do you think its really necessary to get a 4x4 to launch and in particular recover a big RIB? Do electric winches offer the solution to getting it up the slip and then just use any big car to do the towing? This is a question rather than advice!

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Old 17 January 2006, 13:17   #20
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it is really a need to have a 4x4 when launching a rib/recovering, because your car will have a certain stopping power, and a golf isnt a very big car, the most omportant thing is about weight, its never good to have the boat weighing much more than the car, and it may be worth checking what the towing legal limit is for a golf, a winch is an idea, but my guess is that after a while you will want a 4x4. one option may be to get a cheapish 4x4 soley for the use of towing and launching/recovering the rib. we have an x-trail to tow a 6.3m boat, and i wouldnt go any smaller than that, it still finds it hard work on loose gravel etc, but is at home on the slip. i think there is some good advice on here, it may be worth considering your vehicle options.

boat wise, if you want the rough capability, with a 25k bufget i would try, humber (get allot for your money), ribcraft, ribtec, avon, gemini, and maybe a couple of others like xs-ribs. as for a 25k price you could get for example a 7m humber with 200hp suzuki fourstroke, maybe more, youd have to haggle with manufacturers

i would say go suzuki as the best option, excellent engines! economy is great too! give the punch you need! i also hear very good reports about evinrude e-tecs
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