As a friend of Bear Grylls, I thought I'd add my comments:
I'm not sure why people think something exciting is going on. I think we're just hoping to learn someting. We share the same interest and we are both looking at buying new boats. I am looking for a 5.5m with a 90hp 4 stroke (ideally Ribeye Playtime) although I know Bear is looking for something a bit bigger for more offshore use.
The purpose of these forums is to be able access the vast amount of experience/knowledge which you guys seem to have and I find it really useful reading about peoples experiences with RIBs even though not all the topics relate to me.
I have just got rid of a financially crippling 17ft Fletcher ski boat which I kept in Poole and hope to buy a RIB early Spring.
Anyway, back to the point of the thread, you can buy petrol form the fuel barge in Poole along with Saltners Mariner although it's about £1.10 per litre!
Anyone who has any advice on 5.5m RIBs especially Ribeye, I would be grateful. They've just started making them from PVC under 6m not sure if that puts me off!