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Old 12 August 2008, 13:30   #21
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"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."

Thats exactly what I'd be gunning for. I'm confident with glasswork, qualified to be messing with 12v electronics and know what makes a quality boat and what does not. My knowledge of RIBS may be limited but after other custom projects and my job which involves working on Sportsboats and ski boats weekly ha set me in good stead to take this challenge on...
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Old 12 August 2008, 13:45   #22
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good to see someone else thinking about taking on a challenge, there are a lot of manufacturers who will supply various stages of a built boat, not sure about massive savings though cause you tend to put better fittings in than that of manufacturers like what mollers said ...I reckon mine will take another 6 months to a year before i'm nearly complete but it is usable at present and great fun building.

Steve the boat has a 720 hull for sale as pointed out by hightower .....will do no harm to go and look ....look here http://ribs-by-shakespeare.co.uk/


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Old 12 August 2008, 14:49   #23
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I'm going to head off to Southampton boat show and crawl around as many as I possibly can and chat to as many people as will are willing to give me the time of day.
Good idea...you'll get plenty of excellent advice there.
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Old 12 August 2008, 14:58   #24
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Good idea...you'll get plenty of excellent advice there.
Not going then Tim.
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I would have thought that you estimate for the hull and tubes was a bit low, more like 10,000 but if all you want is a 150 then I guess 7000 might buy you an Optimax.

I thought that Ribeye was an expensive as a buy it in bits to fit at home kit. The Shakespeare will offer you the cheapest hull build with a decent hull and set of tubes on. Then you're into the RIBcraft and Osprey terratory (both very sea worthy RIBs), I looked at both these and decided on the Osprey due to many endorsments and the flexibility of the builder to make modifications, they also glassed in a Console from another boat manufacturer without question and modified seat bases without any major cost.

But if you seriously want a Sea worthy RIB at a bargain price, look at the Shakespeare.

Have a look Here and Here Then PM Neil Harvey (hope you don't mind Neil) and ask his advice
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Old 12 August 2008, 16:09   #26
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"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."

Thats exactly what I'd be gunning for. I'm confident with glasswork, qualified to be messing with 12v electronics and know what makes a quality boat and what does not. My knowledge of RIBS may be limited but after other custom projects and my job which involves working on Sportsboats and ski boats weekly ha set me in good stead to take this challenge on...
Blimey. You're well ahead of where I was then. Hadn't got a clue when I started, and still learning tons about RIB fitting out. But I will echo Mollers, it is a chance to source and fit the very best of components that you can find, and end up with a boat to be proud of.
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Old 12 August 2008, 16:28   #27
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...My knowledge of RIBS may be limited but after other custom projects and my job which involves working on Sportsboats and ski boats weekly ha set me in good stead to take this challenge on...
Out of interest, what specific line of work are you in?
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Old 13 August 2008, 13:15   #28
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I run a small distribution company specialising in Retail and OEM items like Wakeboard Towers, Marine Audio, Heating (for inboards), Ballast (for wakeboarding) etc... anyone who is interested can grab a look at www.wakeboardtowers.co.uk
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Old 13 August 2008, 16:26   #29
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with your company in Alsager just down the road, are you local to the area.
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Old 13 August 2008, 16:47   #30
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RIB Suggestion

Having moved to RIBS myself from a speedboat (Bayliner) I can highly reccomend the Cobra Nautique. Excellent handling and a slightly plusher interior than your average RIB.
Whilst they dont come cheap (30k new for a fully fitted 6.0 with 150HP) ... theres a lot to be said for "you get what you pay for"

Oh ... and did I mention ... there's one for sale on here
6.0M Cobra Nautique 150HP Mercury Optimax - 24,500

I am looking to upgrade to a 7.5m
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