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Old 21 October 2017, 12:38   #1
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Recommend me a RIB

Hi guys ,long time fisherman ,current boat is a 17ft Trophy with a 90 hp outboard,i want to get a handy bay boat for messin about in with the kids ,fair weather kinda set up ,a mile offshore,max capacity 2 adults and 2 kids ,so I was thinking a RIB ,but I know zero about these kinda boats .
Budget of about 5K,at a streatch ,to include outboard and trailer .
This needs to be launchable by 1 man .
Recommendations welcome ,Cheers,Andy.


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Old 21 October 2017, 14:11   #2
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Honwave T40 with Suzuki 20HP extreme 500 trailer £4100or Excel vanguard 435 with Suzuki 20 HP Trailer £4300 I have both sibs add would highly recommended both the excel has two seats as standard as the honwave has one seat and £100 for the second one
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Old 21 October 2017, 14:34   #3
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Question if I may, why a SIB and not a rib?

You seem happy with a trailer and with a 5k budget you should be able to pick a 4.5-5m rib which will give you more stability, better seats and room to grow.

I found I our grew the sib, very, very quickly.
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Old 21 October 2017, 15:07   #4
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I mwant RIB not SIB ,rookie mistake
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Old 22 October 2017, 05:36   #5
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Look on Gumtree every day under Ribs and at this time of year you will soon find one. I think the 4 - 5 m range would suit with 50 - 60 hp on the back. Should be able to pick one up easily for that budget


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Old 22 October 2017, 08:32   #6
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I,m thinking between 3 and 4m as I have a 17 ft centreconsole fast fishing boat ,it needs to be handy for a lot of the marks I spear fish ,i'm thinking a max of 20hp .Any brands I should be focusing on ?
I see Zodiacs mentioned a lot ,anything else ?
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I,m thinking between 3 and 4m as I have a 17 ft centreconsole fast fishing boat ,it needs to be handy for a lot of the marks I spear fish ,i'm thinking a max of 20hp .Any brands I should be focusing on ?
I see Zodiacs mentioned a lot ,anything else ?
With a max of 20 hp I would choose a 3.4 m rib. I have one with a 15 hp on and it is great fun Mine is Valiant D340 which I think is a nice rib. I just upgraded to a 4.5 m Rib for a bigger version but kept my 3.4 m also and would never intend to sell that as it is so versatile and very cheap to run

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I recon this is a very nice bargain


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Another nice Rib here. Might get it for £5K


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I recon this is a very nice bargain


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I assume thats a 4m Searider.

If so the buyer needs to understand the flooding hull. For fishing I think this is a plus. I presume you stop the boat to spear fish. I didn't quite understand his 20HP spear fishing marks thing...?

Flooding hull means that below the deck floods with water through two small holes at the front of the boat. So when you are stopped you have a big lump of weight below you making the boat very stable. When you try to go back on the plane, inertia empties the hull through a bigger hole at the back of the boat. Its very effective, and despite how it may sound its very safe. But it does mean suddenly moving off can be a little slow while you empty the ballast out. Some people blank off the holes.

IMHO a 3.4m rib is more of a tender. Not saying it wont meet your needs but its not going to be as versatile as a 4+m Rib
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