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Old 14 May 2007, 07:05   #61
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No sea trials. Paul (of Poweboat Training) and JK's view was that most people had decidied taking boats out in the inclement weather would put newbies and wives off their possible purchases.

This seems a daft logic. The whole point of a rib is to be safe when shit happens. I have been in a F5/F6 SW approaching the Needles from the south going round the island clockwise. Three 16 year olds with me at Christmas tern half term. OK, probably should not have gone east from Cowes, but it seemed ok then. Forecast was F4 SW. By the time we got round St Catherine's, which was interesting but not really demanding - my 16 year old helmed - we were wet and a little gloomy. Lymington beckoned. Yes, perhpas I should have turned round. I took over the helm and had a challenging (never remotely life threatening) 10 minutes and the boat handled like a dream. Once across the bridge with a following sea, fairly raced home.

Today outside Cowes was nothing like as bad. And there were punters like me who would have liked to see how the offerings coped in classical messy chop with the odd bigger wave.

But no one offered.

Let us face it, I don't look rich enough, or scruffy enougfh, or hang out enough with the 'right' people....
Bruce, you never asked for a ride . We spoke very briefly and you never came back. I have never refused anybody a rib ride. Last year for 3 days we were giving people rides on our seasafari rib. This year we had 3 ribs and all 3 were going out each day.

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Old 14 May 2007, 07:10   #62
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Totally agree Bruce. Best treatment I have ever had at a boatshow was from Sunseeker at the Southampton show. The most expensive boat there (4.5million) and we were treated like royalty.

The worst treatment was by Scorpion at RIBEX - had money in the bank ready to buy a RIB and they wouldn't give me the time of day.
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Agree with Ribcraft being snooty, when I decided to go from hard boat to rib I decided to buy a smaller rib first with a 70hp just to try things out as I had been out on a friends 4m avon with a 40hp it did 40mph and looked great fun with the idea of buying a larger rib if I liked them...and Ribcraft 4.8 was my 1st choice, so I went to a show where they had a stand and a 4.8 in the water for demo...the salesman said he could not let me look at the boat right then let alone a demo so come back in an hour...went back in an hour, no still not poss just yet, waited another hour sorry he said no demo, then he said cant help you anyway we have a waiting list...all that for what I thought was a boat no bigger than an offcut, would never buy ribcraft now on another note have a few mates working for Sunseeker one fits the engines in the 60+footer he does one every 8-10 days...incredible how many people there are around with that kinda money and thats only one boat in a huge range!!!
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Old 14 May 2007, 07:58   #64
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Ahh it was a few years ago - apparently you were the chap hobbling around in a plaster cast at the time!!!
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Old 14 May 2007, 08:27   #65
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Agree with Ribcraft being snooty, when I decided to go from hard boat to rib I decided to buy a smaller rib first with a 70hp just to try things out as I had been out on a friends 4m avon with a 40hp it did 40mph and looked great fun with the idea of buying a larger rib if I liked them...and Ribcraft 4.8 was my 1st choice, so I went to a show where they had a stand and a 4.8 in the water for demo...the salesman said he could not let me look at the boat right then let alone a demo so come back in an hour...went back in an hour, no still not poss just yet, waited another hour sorry he said no demo, then he said cant help you anyway we have a waiting list...all that for what I thought was a boat no bigger than an offcut, would never buy ribcraft now on another note have a few mates working for Sunseeker one fits the engines in the 60+footer he does one every 8-10 days...incredible how many people there are around with that kinda money and thats only one boat in a huge range!!!

That sounds terrible
I have to say my experience of ribcraft was totally different.
The following tips may help anyone serious about buying a serious rib:

1. Call the factory before the show and book a slot
2. In the case of Ribcraft, attend their annual boat test day in October. You can drive, yes drive any of their ribs for as long as you like, talk to the guys that build them and its all free
3. Again in the case of ribcraft ask (nicely!) whether they would carry out a demo at weymouth for you.

The other thing to note is, once you have bought the boat. how will the service be? Again Ribcraft have been brilliant. I get free advice, professional service and great quality work (OK its not cheap- But I don't mind paying if my expectations are met ) They even helped me sell my last boat

Not wanting to be too one sided but just to balance things up a bit
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Ahh it was a few years ago - apparently you were the chap hobbling around in a plaster cast at the time!!!
yes sad memories. first Ribex and couldn't take anyone out. I now take extra care before Ribex
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I'll tell you what Andre, I'd have loved to have a go on the Safari and Sea Hawke, however my time was short and wished I'd stayed for longer. What I missed this year was a natter and a beer with some good friends!

Bogi, sorry we couldn't have talked for more, however when I last saw you, you where dissappearing into the horizon again
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There was a rather unusual Mediterranean Cabin rib, but with a bimini which did not come unclipped, but which the salesman assured me would survive in the UK seas. Hmmm... given the speed with which Farfetched can stick her nose in and deposit a wall of water down the front and back of my Mustos, and wash anything in its path off the stern, I somehow am sceptical.
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Not sure who you spoke to but apologies for incorrect information. The bimini can of course be folded to the A-Frame, or alternatively removed completely by just unzipping the canvas.

The attached picture shows it folded to the A-frame.

Of course it is unlikely you will have the bimini extended if you were using the boat in heavy seas. I can tell you though that having driven the Skydeck in unpleasant conditions over the last week I have yet to get a wave to break over the boat.

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Old 14 May 2007, 16:23   #69
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I wonder who that was then !!!

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Forgot to mention that this was the same Cowes Inshore Lifeboat boy who threw me over his shoulder on the pontoons on Fri afternoon and dangled me over the edge of The Solent!
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Bogi, sorry we couldn't have talked for more, however when I last saw you, you where dissappearing into the horizon again
I would have loved chatting a lot more, have put it into channel we discussed and will let you know the results in due time.

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