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Old 01 June 2019, 03:31   #1
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Hi,
I’m considering purchasing a used RIB. I am thinking I’d use the boat as follows:
- Occasional use on the Solent (from Lymington area)
- I will take the powerboat level 2 course
- Likely to use for 2 adults and / children (8 & 10 yrs old) Possibly 4 adults and 2 children Occasionally.
- I don’t have a lot of space but could store on drive or find a mooring.

I was hoping to get some advice on what the best options would be for me for around 10-12k budget. Thinking around 5-5.5m. What size engine would’ve the minimum you’d recommend?
Another question: how feasible is it to use the boat to get to swanage from lymington ?

Many thanks
Dave
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Old 05 June 2019, 10:08   #2
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Hi Dave. I am from Lymington. Happy to answer all your questions. (And more). PM'ed you with number.
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Old 06 June 2019, 02:00   #3
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Hi,
I’m considering purchasing a used RIB. I am thinking I’d use the boat as follows:
- Occasional use on the Solent (from Lymington area)
- I will take the powerboat level 2 course
- Likely to use for 2 adults and / children (8 & 10 yrs old) Possibly 4 adults and 2 children Occasionally.
- I don’t have a lot of space but could store on drive or find a mooring.

I was hoping to get some advice on what the best options would be for me for around 10-12k budget. Thinking around 5-5.5m. What size engine would’ve the minimum you’d recommend?
Another question: how feasible is it to use the boat to get to swanage from lymington ?

Many thanks
Dave

I use a V570 5.7mtr Valiant with a 115Optimax on the Solent (out of Hamble) which works well for us. Can hit around 31,32 kts
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Old 06 June 2019, 03:17   #4
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Hi,
I’m considering purchasing a used RIB. I am thinking I’d use the boat as follows:
- Occasional use on the Solent (from Lymington area)
- I will take the powerboat level 2 course
- Likely to use for 2 adults and / children (8 & 10 yrs old) Possibly 4 adults and 2 children Occasionally.
- I don’t have a lot of space but could store on drive or find a mooring.

I was hoping to get some advice on what the best options would be for me for around 10-12k budget. Thinking around 5-5.5m. What size engine would’ve the minimum you’d recommend?
Another question: how feasible is it to use the boat to get to swanage from lymington ?

Many thanks
Dave


Hi Dave - if there is flex in your budget, I would try to get something a little larger, for two reasons: (1) 5 / 5.5m will struggle on the Solent in anything other than calm conditions. Once the chop builds up, the hull length isn’t sufficient to cope with the wave length and it quickly gets very bumpy (and wet), (2) if you want to get 4 adults and 2 kids on board, I think you need 6.5m+. I started with a 5.5m / 100hp set up, and then within a year switched to 8m with a bigger engine, which is much more capable and allows me to get out in a wider range of conditions without scaring the wits out of my wife and kids! Not saying you need to go that big but I would recommend trialing a few different size boats to see what works for you. Hope that helps.
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Old 06 June 2019, 03:39   #5
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Oh aye! The infamous solent chop. I’d forgotten the Solent was the most dangerous stretch of water in the uk. Maybe the reason boats struggle in the “solent chop” is because people buy boats aimed at the errrr ummmm “solent crowd”
Just sayin’
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You are almost certainly right Dave (certainly in my case you are) but fact remains that however capable the hull I’d always rather be in a 6.5m boat than a 5m boat in anything more than 2 feet of waves
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Hi Dave - if there is flex in your budget, I would try to get something a little larger, for two reasons: (1) 5 / 5.5m will struggle on the Solent in anything other than calm conditions. Once the chop builds up, the hull length isn’t sufficient to cope with the wave length and it quickly gets very bumpy (and wet), (2) if you want to get 4 adults and 2 kids on board, I think you need 6.5m+. I started with a 5.5m / 100hp set up, and then within a year switched to 8m with a bigger engine, which is much more capable and allows me to get out in a wider range of conditions without scaring the wits out of my wife and kids! Not saying you need to go that big but I would recommend trialing a few different size boats to see what works for you. Hope that helps.
Wise words - we nipped over to poole with another smaller RIB a couple of seasons ago - weather picked up for the journey back into the solent, our only concerns in a 7.8 RIB was what music to listen too and anyone want a brew, however our friends on a 5ish metre where getting hammered and very, very wet..............big is good!
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Old 07 June 2019, 07:07   #8
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This is all great advice, thanks! I really want to do my research and try some boats out. It sounds as if it doesn’t make sense to look at the smaller boats and I may need to revisit my budget! One other question: if I go for the larger sizes, what do you think the best options are for storing / mooring it? (My drive will not be big enough!)
Brucehawsker - thanks! I’ll be in touch.
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Just something worthy of note....going from 5m to 6m will probably put you into "braked trailer territory".
Might be a consideration if your driving licence is post 1997.
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Oh aye! The infamous solent chop. I’d forgotten the Solent was the most dangerous stretch of water in the uk.
It’s not dangerous, just uncomfortable.

The waves are small but unusually short and steep so a smaller boat tends to hit every single one while a longer boat can stay on top and reach over them.
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