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Old 26 October 2010, 13:10   #1
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New to Ribbing - Ribeye V Cobra

Hi Ribbers, i have been for the past 7 years a 40ft flybridge owner and now due to lack of use i have decided to sell my beloved Princess 360 and buy a Rib ,i ve done some research and as i want proper seats and not jockeys i have narrowed it down to two makes . Cobra and ribeye. i want 7.5 metres approx with a single 250 -300 outboard around 2 years old , have i missed anything make wise or any advice with my choice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 26 October 2010, 13:29   #2
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Welcome to RIBnet!

Before people start queuing up to say that they think you've made a bad choice (because you've picked two makes that tend to polarise opinion), tell us a bit more about your plans and ambitions for the new boat. Without knowing that it's difficult to give you any really meaningful advice.
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Old 26 October 2010, 13:34   #3
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i want proper seats and not jockeys
Hi mate,
Welcome to ribbing!

it's your decision, but jockeys tend to be a lot better in rougher seas, and, certainly in my opinion, are a lot comfier.
As I say, entirely your choice.

btw, you can get most makes with "proper seats", it's normally an option, so don't let that blinker your choice, as it were.

7m, with 250+ hp, sounds sweet!
(I'm very jealous!)
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Old 26 October 2010, 13:40   #4
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Welcome to RIBnet!

Before people start queuing up to say that they think you've made a bad choice (because you've picked two makes that tend to polarise opinion), tell us a bit more about your plans and ambitions for the new boat, and an idea of budget. Without knowing that it's difficult to give you and really meaningful advice.
John, you've spoiled the fun I was looking forward to this thread!

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many people will consider that "odd" for such a large RIB - jockeys are popular for a reason. Have you tried both in "use" and do you want that for all the seats? I'm not saying its wrong - there are some situations where benches may be more appropriate and Cobra's standing/leaning bolster arrangement may be just as good as a jockey (i've never tried one). But I can see why from an aesthetic view "proper" seats may look better (depending on your taste) and possibly even make you think it will be more comfortable. Most manufacturers should be able to offer different seating arrangements though - so I certainly wouldn't be restricting my choices on that alone. Edit: just realised you are looking second hand - so that means you will be more restricted in which boats are likely to be found with "proper" seats.
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Cobra's standing/leaning bolster arrangement may be just as good as a jockey (i've never tried one).
I love them - I've had two discs prolapse over the years (only one from boating), and the standup approach is much more comfortable for me. If it gets lumpy, even with jockey seats I'd be standing - not easy with benches - so having support in the standing position helps a lot

Just a personal opinion
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Old 26 October 2010, 15:00   #6
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thanks for your responses. ok im based in the solent and will be using the Rib around that area, no interest in going out in rough weather as sometimes will have young kids on board or me and a few adults , used to a big boat with luxury so want a sunpad on the front so need a 7.5metre to give me that. i tried a Ballistic the other week and being 6ft 4in tall found the jockey seats impossible to sit on and while standing the hoop on the back rest was sticking in my back so very uncomfortable . tried the dual seat on a Cobra and that was great, best of both worlds a high comfortable seat for sitting and a very supportive while in rough sea mode and standing. Ballistic dont offer an option and i havent found anybody else that has apart from Ribeye, correct me if im wrong . Comments please?
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Old 26 October 2010, 15:08   #7
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Budget around 40k.
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Old 26 October 2010, 15:11   #8
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Hi and welcome...as a newcomer to ribs myself I had a similar dilema. My choice was narrowed by my children not fitting on jockeys.

I liked the Redbays etc, but ultimately you have to decide who you are using it with and for what purpose.

After much debate, I went with a Stingher with a Suzuki 200hp.

I love it, but that is not to say I also wouldn't enjoy the alternatives.

Have a try, and 'see what suits you Sir'.
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Old 26 October 2010, 15:13   #9
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7,5 mtr is a very nice size. specially in combination with a 250/300 hp engine! if i where you i should first make a few sea trials with different type of RIBs to get a better idea about their sailing characteristics and functionality. each hull has its own advantages/ disadvantages.
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whouw, your comments are faster than my reply's
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