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Old 05 September 2008, 10:44   #1
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redbay 6.5 v ribcraft 6.8

I am considering buying either one of the above - I am looking for the safest , most reliable and seaworthy 6.5 m, rib available, of any make , and the above have been suggested. Can anyone comment, or suggest an alternative ?? Many thanks
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Old 05 September 2008, 11:27   #2
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I am considering buying either one of the above - I am looking for the safest , most reliable and seaworthy 6.5 m, rib available, of any make , and the above have been suggested. Can anyone comment, or suggest an alternative ?? Many thanks

Good choice but talk to John at: www.mcaleesemarine.com
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Osprey Vipermax 6.5????
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Good choice but talk to John at: www.mcaleesemarine.com
Has McAleese Marine started selling Ribcrafts and Redbays?
For whats its worth both are well built deep V's and good boats, it really comes down what fits your needs best IMHO.
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McAleese Marine are new agents for Parker Ribs. Nice ribs, good value as made in Poland. I wouldn't recommend buying anything from McAleese.... been there, seen that

If you like Function over Form, then Humber is an obvious choice.

I'd strongly recommend a trip to Redbay, it's a nice day out. Their 650 is a very slick boat with a moulded deck, the 6.5 is more customisable.

and I'm sure someone in Ireland would give you a test run on a Redbay 6.5 if you asked
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... and I almost forgot that crowd in Cork - Excalibur Ribs*, made by the bloke wot used to work for Redbay??

* Not quite sure what King Arthur and pointy swords in lakes have to do with RIBs. hmmm, thought association ? Excalibur - Merlin - Osprey - Good RIB?

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Well worth investigating the xs 6.5m from Barnet Marine - we also looked @ Ribcraft + Redbay + Humber when making a similar decision -

A very brief summary of our thinking when choosing our boat -

- Didnt need a wrap round console so no need to go with Redbay
- Ribcraft good boats
- Humber old hull shape / design

Reasoning for XS (in brief!) - I had used Tornados a fair bit and build quality seemed to be ok on them when produced by BM - used an XS belonging to the Firebrigade and impressed by it, that and the price tag swung it for me!

Rib craft 6.8 would have been tempting if i had room for a bigger boat but still think i would have gone with XS 7m

All very bias - probably better you go out and try them first!
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Check with BM i think they have an agent in Ireland but not 100%
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I had used Tornados a fair bit and build quality seemed to be ok on them when produced by BM - used an XS belonging to the Firebrigade and impressed by it, that and the price tag swung it for me!
I understand they are very attractive, price wise. I saw a few recently at a dive club - I wasn't overly impressed with the general finish, but then, they were pure dive rigs.

Who makes XS and where is the production facility?
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I I saw a few recently at a dive club - I wasn't overly impressed with the general finish, but then, they were pure dive rigs.
lol - cause teak floors would be great for a dive boat.

Interesting they chose XS



[/QUOTE]Who makes XS and where is the production facility? [/QUOTE]

When you find out let me know too lol
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