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Old 17 August 2005, 16:57   #1
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New to ribbing

New to ribbing, interested in zodiac medline II and ribtec 655SX. Would be interested to know forum views. seaworthyness of the two vessels?.
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Old 17 August 2005, 17:01   #2
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What are your reasons for choosing those 2 boats.

The people on this forum will be able to give a wealth of advise on choosing a rib if you are a bit more descriptave of what you plan to use it for and what your requirements are.

Welcome to the wonerfull world of ribbing
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Heck!! you must have deep pockets for a student!! A Ribtec 655SX is big money. A friend of mine has a 2004 655SX with a 115 Yam 4 stroke thats done 10 hours for sale if you're interested. 24k would buy it. Why do you want an SX? In terms of seaworthyness, no comparison. One is a rib, the other is a yacht tender. However with either, to quote Roycruse, you'd have a "Wonerfull" time. :-)
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Ah yes, but he already has an inboard powered 3m Zodiac....He knows....
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Old 18 August 2005, 02:42   #5
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The majority of my ribbing would be on the french riviera. Therefore a sunpad would be a useful asset. I would also like to be able to use it on the solent based around poole. Looking at the Medline II because of its sunpad design and storage. The ribtec 655SX interests me because of the style of the boat and i've heard its very capable in big seas.
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The majority of my ribbing would be on the french riviera. Therefore a sunpad would be a useful asset. I would also like to be able to use it on the solent based around poole. Looking at the Medline II because of its sunpad design and storage. The ribtec 655SX interests me because of the style of the boat and i've heard its very capable in big seas.
What are you a student of? The High Life?!! :-). The ribtec hull is one of the most compitent on the market. The SX is not really my cup of tea as it is not very practical. Too much room and functionality are lost to teak, posh stainless bits and an enclosed rear transom. This also adds weight. Ideal for Cote de Zure posing though. The Zodiac Medline has the sunpad, but what a soppy looking "rib" that is.
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The only Zodiac boats currently made with hypalon tubing are those from their their Military/Professional division. All craft from this division (with the exception of the G series with airdecks) use hypalon tubing.

All other Zodiacs (including the Medlines) use PVC tubing. As has been thoroughly hashed out in many previous threads, PVC is not a desireable tubing material.
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