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Old 14 August 2008, 04:48   #31
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Top Banana - I am indeed! Alsager born and bred... Had now idea there was a RIB manufacturer so near... What do you build?

MonoMickey - I actually know Huw, had my last boat from him and LOVE the Cobras... out of my budget if I wanted new though (which is my preference at the moment). Yours look beautiful though! We do alot of boating over on the Menai Straits around Beaumaris - are we likely to see you out there?

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Old 14 August 2008, 05:02   #32
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Just to let you guys know... things have moved on a bit in my quest... I am now looking very seriously at a RibEye 6m as a starter boat with a view to go bigger after 12-24months. 6m seems more than enough to get me round Anglesey Island (where it'll be based), possibly to Ireland and the Isle of Man, plus some cruises around the area.

Rough spec I'm contemplating at the moment would be:
6 metre A series Hull
115-120 yam 4-stroke (Which I'd 4 blade stainless right away)
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Navman Chartplotter and VHF

I'd then add my own stereo, likely 4 speakers, iPod headunit, amplifier, dual yellow top optima batteries with auto split charge kit.

I'd also add a couple of wakeboard/ski racks to the A Frame.


Nothing 100% decided yet and I'll be looking over many boats at Southampton but at this time the RibEye really is in pole position, I'm blown away by their professionalism, eagerness to help and openness when asked tricky questions. I also have to admit that I think their boats look great...

Have to also give big thumbs up to Humber who've been really helpful and also Chris from this forum who still has me very tempted by an Osprey (going to check one out in the flesh before I decide)... I think that's RibEyes closest competitor right now.

Still can't believe what a top bunch of people Ribbers seem to be - I've been inundated with emails, PM's and phone calls from people wanting to help - can't thank you all enough!

Cheers guys - again feel free to comment on my thoughts; am I going a sensible route or barking up the wrong tree?

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Old 14 August 2008, 06:36   #33
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Old 14 August 2008, 06:39   #34
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oh dear... does not bode well! haha

*battens down hatches and prepares for onslaught*
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Old 14 August 2008, 06:50   #35
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oh dear... does not bode well! haha

*battens down hatches and prepares for onslaught*
I'd bin the stereo idea whatever rib you go for, unless you listen to
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Old 14 August 2008, 07:34   #36
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I'd bin the stereo idea whatever rib you go for, unless you listen to
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Perhaps Britboater is planning on fitting an array of chrome speakers to the A-frame, as is commonplace on ski/wakeboard boats nowadays.
Britboater: If that's the sort of boat you're planning, ie a wakeboard tow craft with tubes, then I can see the attraction of a Ribeye. Most Rib users on this forum tend to prefer their boats a touch more 'industrial' than this, hence willk's earlier post.
Good luck with your choice.
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Old 14 August 2008, 07:56   #37
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Superb choice, well done.

Despite being the hight of luxury, performance and style, Ribeye RIBS can take the most severe punishment without any harm.
Mine was a true working boat for several years as well as being used in extreme offshore conditions which it handled with aplomb.

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Old 14 August 2008, 08:05   #38
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But he hasn't tried an Osprey yet

Second thoughts, bling on an Osprey.......Better off with the Ribeye as mentioned earlier by Downhilldai
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Old 14 August 2008, 08:25   #39
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Seems like I'm opening a can of worms here...

If i'm honest I'm never going to be a hard core Rib user per say... Most trips will be centred around some fast cruising of the menai straits, possibly a ski, lunch and a blast round puffin island.. But I do want to be able to comfortably get to the Isle of Man/Ireland/cumbria etc as that's part of the point of buying it. I also need ot be able to tow the thing easily and be able to man handle the thing.

Equally though, whilst i do want something that looks the part, I'm not gunning for something overly industrial... having chatted with Ian at Humber is seems they might be a tad too commercial for what I'm planning... remember - I've still got the family to sit on this thing comfortably as well and don't want to be too far detached from the comforts of the sportsboats/wakeboard boats that I'm used to using.

I really need to get aboard more of these boats ASAP... I'll probably be eating my words in 3 months.. who knows!
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Seems like I'm opening a can of worms here...

If i'm honest I'm never going to be a hard core Rib user per say... Most trips will be centred around some fast cruising of the menai straits, possibly a ski, lunch and a blast round puffin island.. But I do want to be able to comfortably get to the Isle of Man/Ireland/cumbria etc as that's part of the point of buying it. I also need ot be able to tow the thing easily and be able to man handle the thing.

Equally though, whilst i do want something that looks the part, I'm not gunning for something overly industrial... having chatted with Ian at Humber is seems they might be a tad too commercial for what I'm planning... remember - I've still got the family to sit on this thing comfortably as well and don't want to be too far detached from the comforts of the sportsboats/wakeboard boats that I'm used to using.

I really need to get aboard more of these boats ASAP... I'll probably be eating my words in 3 months.. who knows!
I don't think Osprey go to the boat show but if you contact them for a demo I belive the demo rib is based on the Welsh coast

Just try as many as possible

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