Originally Posted by timw
A warm and severe welcome to Ribnet!!!
I can heartiy recommend the Ribeye! Fine boats indeed.
Your alternative idea of building a custom RIB is indeed laudable, but beware. When you come to sell, the resale value will be consdiderably lower than if you had purchased a factory built craft, however well you may have built it.
Go the Ribeye route, you won't be dissapointed
Whoa! This isn't funny or fair. Britboater has come to this site for a bit of guidance with his first rib purchase, but Timw insists on persuing his own personal agenda of running down 'custom' (Osprey) ribs whilst thinly disguising it as 'advice'.
By all means 'big-up' Ribeye, as it's the only manufacturer that you have any experience of, but leave out the digs.
Ribnet needs some Ribeye support for purposes of balance and your it, the other 5862 of us will no doubt support whatever brands we own.
To say that 'custom' built ribs have lower residuals than factory built boats is utter rubbish, but Twim knows that. My Osprey and ALL others that I know of, are put together with the very, very best of componants unlike most factory built boats. Us owners spend many hours sourcing the parts that are of the highest quality and suitability regardless of cost. The 'build' as you call it, is no more than assembling parts which is not rocket science. South African Ribeye production workers would probably testify to this. A factory built boat has to be built to a budget and then a margin added. Neither of which appllies to a 'custom' build.
The Osprey Vipermax has become probably the most popular rib within the 6-7m size range.
A well built Vipermax will and are, returning profits to the builders/owners even after 12-24months of use.
Timw will argue this, all Vipermax owners past and present will confirm it.