Originally Posted by BritBoater
I've got a Bee in my bonnet now over this... For the kind of boating I'm now doing, and the way in which I'm doing it.. I just can't see a downside to Ribbing... and the more research I do the more sensible the idea appears to become.
The idea being..... Custom build my own!
I reckon I'll buy the Hull (Tubed) from a British manufacturer, Trailer from SBS (friends of mine) then dependant on price buy the outboard(s) from the UK or USA (I have zero connections in the outboard world so no idea where to look for deals)... then build the internals how I want them to the standards that I want (storage - dry and wet, sun worshipping platform up front, buy console and seat bases etc etc... then line-x (or similar) the whole deck and finish with the upholstery I want (I have an industry friend who does beautiful work) and rig it how I want, add the electronics I want (Colour GPS chart plotter, compass, VHF, custom stereo installation etc etc) and bobs your uncle I'll be left with a boat I (hopefully) love and can use practically for possibly sub £20k if I'm lucky so money left over to do my day skipper!
Extremely rough break down of my plan:
Hull and Tubes: £7k
seat bases and grab rails: £1.5k
Engine: £8-9k (115-150hp 4stroke)
Rigging: £1.5k (electronics, controls, cables etc)
Upholstery: £800 or so
interior constructions/mods: £300
Line-X: no idea?! £500??
Total ish: £22,000 ball park.
Anyone able to spend 5 mins to play devils advocate or critique... honestly greatful for anything in the way or guidance or knowledge.... so if I'm living in la-la land please do speak up
I think that you are answering most of your own questions. The prices that you are using may be a bit lean in places, but that is going to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Some little time ago
I was in the same position, although for me it is the second RIB that I have owned.
The important thing for me was selection of the right hull. To that end I spent a lot of time trying out the hulls of different manufacturers in the hull length that I was interested in. These included Ribcraft, Ribeye, Ring, Solent, Osprey, Humber, and a number of others from my diving activities, although I have to admit that I have yet to try out a Scorpion - I think that they no longer manufacture a 6.5 metre hull, and it would have been out of my price range anyway!.
The important thing for me was handling in the Solent chop, a soft riding hull, and general sea worthiness if and when it blows up a bit.
I will be the first to accept that my selection criteria may not be the same as other peoples, so I think that it is important that you make the effort and get out and try the different hull types. Bear in mind that any hull is a compromise, and it is what you are willing to compromise on, and what you are not willling to compromise on that will make your choice for you.
I went for a self build and it is progressing, more slowly than I and others would like, but I will finish up with the boat that I want
Once you have selected one or two hulls that you are interested in, talk to the manufacturers or agents, it is surprising how much information that you pick up that way.
Internal fittings (console, seats) are also worth spending a little time over. If I had my time again I might select a different console, but having said that I am making it into the console that I want - just a bit of work involved.
Good luck, I hope that like me you find it an interesting activity. PM me if you would like more