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Old 21 May 2004, 10:34   #31
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Old 21 May 2004, 10:41   #32
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It really is just a case of going to all the different boat builders and telling them what you want and them giving you a price.

Then you have a look at what you like and dont like and take your pick.
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Old 21 May 2004, 10:55   #33
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Clarity! (or lack thereof.....)

"I think you need to get clear in your mind: size of hull, seating, engine size and 2 stroke or 4 stroke. "

* Size max 6.5m for reasons of towing and launching,
* min 5.75m for reasons of ride and general robustness. Also endurance (as in miles before filling up - sorry, I suppose that should read nautical miles) - bigger boat more fuel - or am I wrong there
* seating 4 jockey seats - plus a small bench in front of console (terminology?) for occasional fair weather use
* engine size - don't know, assumed the builder would tell me
*2 stroke or 4 stroke - don't even understand the question...

Oh dear, you see the problem.....
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* Size max 6.5m for reasons of towing and launching, Sensible
* min 5.75m for reasons of ride and general robustness. Also endurance (as in miles before filling up - sorry, I suppose that should read nautical miles) - bigger boat more fuel - or am I wrong there Sensible. Go for the biggest fuel tank you can (ours is 270 litres) and preferably underdeck (IMHO)
* seating 4 jockey seats - plus a small bench in front of console (terminology?) for occasional fair weather use Sensible
* engine size - don't know, assumed the builder would tell me Boats are rated for a maximum horsepower and/or weight. For a 6.5m I would say you need a 115 - 150hp engine
*2 stroke or 4 stroke - don't even understand the question...Generally speaking - 2 stroke = noisier & more expensive to run but more acceleration/speed; 4 stroke = quieter & cheaper to run but not as fast. Of course you could opt for diesel - more expensive to purchase but cheaper to run and higher resale value.

HTH (running for cover, anticipating the bullets...)
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Old 21 May 2004, 11:15   #35
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Choice 2: You spend the rest of the year researching ribs, Get out on the water on as much different types as possible, I'm sure there'll be a few people on here looking for crew from time to time. Then you buy new and get the best deal possible at LBS or other boat shows. You'll have your ideal rib next summer, full warranty, brand new boat, no damage worries and the piece of mind that you've bought the best Rib possible for your needs.
And then you'll use it for a season and discover that it wasn't what you wanted and get something different anyway!

I would suggest that you only plan on keeping your first RIB for one season and use it as a learning experience. You won't know what you really want until you actually go and do some boating. In my experience taking rides on other people's boats comes a very poor second.

There was Bruce, definite that he wanted to buy new and look what we've done to him!

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Old 21 May 2004, 11:16   #36
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Jk's right.....infact he's always right

I'd second everything he's said

Does that get me another credability point
No chance. You're more likely to get whacked by everyone else for grovelling

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Old 21 May 2004, 11:38   #37
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Just to confuse things further, and then I have to go and work - just been offered on short delivery a new South African Rib-X (have I got the name right?) 640 finished in the UK to my spec at what looks like a reasonable price. No one has mentioned Rib-X - is there a story there?

Thanks for the input on engines etc.

Will read more later tonight hopefully.

Also thanks for the reading list. Off to spend money on Amazon!

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I posted this on the other thread (Which 6.5?) but here it is again:

This is the same as the Falcon 640 but rebadged for the UK (I think). There are a couple of Falcon owners on this forum who both seem to be very happy with their craft. RIB International magazine has a review of this boat (& its big sister) and seemed to like it, saying "A very likeable RIB indeed, both capable and seaworthy, one whose predictable handling characteristics would be highly suited to the first time RIB owner".

They give the price as 18990 + vat for the boat with standard equipment & a 140hp Suzuki. This does not include built in fuel tanks, nav lights or jockey seats but does include a bow seat, helm seat and 'splashwell' seat (rear bench seat?). It also comes with no feedback steering. IMHO you should ask for hydraulic steering (although it will be more expensive).

There has been some disagreement over build quality in the past (a certain photo!) but I have not heard any 'horror stories'.
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Old 21 May 2004, 12:15   #39
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This does not include built in fuel tanks, nav lights or jockey seats but does include a bow seat, helm seat and 'splashwell' seat (rear bench seat?). It also comes with no feedback steering. IMHO you should ask for hydraulic steering (although it will be more expensive).
Rib-x dont fit realy underfloor fuel tanks. Instead they fit a plastic tank in a under floor well that runs the entire length of the boat. IMO this is better than a s/s under floor tank and they really pack it in well with foam etc to stop it moving or banging and you still get your filler on the side of the console.

Jockey seats are also an option as the standard package is with a bench. Splash well seat is a confortable hinged bench seat right at the back of the boat. I was going to have one of these at one point and was very happy with the benches, something to test on a sea trial.

As for the steering i agree go hydraulic, well worth the extra cost.
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