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Old 03 September 2014, 11:56   #1
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Request for help in selecting a suitable RIB

Although I have a boat (not for long), I am new to RIBing and looking to get a RIB. Having researched as best I can I am still trying to understand the differences between the myriad of manufactures and models etc.

So I am now looking for experienced hands to help me further in my understanding. What manufacturer, model type, size and seating arrangement should I be looking for (or avoiding). I need a selection of options, as buying second hand means they do not come to order and I will have to make compromises.

BUDGET?
Absolute maximum, no more than £8,000, I am looking for less!

SIZE?
Boat – medium, between 4 to 5 meters, it is a compromise between the practicalities of: storage, towing, handling, running cost and the use we would like to get from it.

Engine - doesn’t come to order but I expect up to 60HP, again a compromise between the practicality of: use, handling and running cost.

TYPE, CONSTRUCTION & CATEGORY?
General purpose utility – maybe medium to deep V hull. Hull made from the common GRP or aluminium (but not wood or plastic) and Hypalon or Polyurethane for the tubes (preferably above the waterline). Category C.

WHAT FOR?
What will the boat be used for, mainly cruising with a little of everything e.g.:
Generally enjoying the sea and waterways
Wildlife and shoreline explorations
Picnicking
Fishing
Occasional water sports – donating.
Short trips to other locations along the coast or inland water ways
Participating in occasional club activities

WHERE USED?
The boat be used mainly on the sea, with occasional river and canal (and very occasional lake) use.

Based in the Bristol Channel, will use in varying sea states (most of the time, in calm states).

May cross the channel or visit Lundy Island (after becoming more proficient and taking someone sufficiently experienced).

WHO?
I will mainly be using the boat with my wife but will also include family and friends (anything from 1 to 6 on board). I have limited experience, I currently own a 28ft motor cruiser and passed my level RYA PB two – so the absolute minimum of competency. That said, I will use the RIB more and therefore, gain much more experience.

Carrying some or most of the following: picnic food and drink, fishing gear, sports gear, snorkelling, towing toys – change of clothing.

WHERE STOWED?
On a trailer, around the house or in the garage.

BOATS SO FAR CONSIDERED

Avon Searider & Adventurer
Tornado
Ribcraft
Humber

Others I am not sure who they are or what they are like?

Thanks in anticipation!
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Old 03 September 2014, 12:15   #2
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Welcome to RIBnet and a crackin' first post.

You've clearly done a load of research and delighted to see that the Searider is first on your list. I don't have any experience of the other manufacturers on your list and am a relative newbie to ribbing myself but I've been absolutely delighted with my SR5.4 twinned with a Yamaha 90 two-stroke and would recommend it to you wholeheartedly.

My gut feeling is that you'll soon find out your wish list will require some trimming down because to fully cover all the features you've identified, I think you'll need a bigger boat. Storage is always at a premium, towing a donut with a 60hp and (say) four people on the RIB plus picnic items, etc. won't be a particularly exhilarating experience for anyone either but we all have to compromise somewhere...

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If you search on here for 'RIB for MacMillan' you'll find details of a very special Searider that's going to be auctioned at the Boat Show in a few days time but I think you'll probably need a little more than £8k to win it!

I'm sure Whisper will be along shortly in any event...

Good luck with your RIB hunting!
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Old 03 September 2014, 15:00   #3
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Hello Sea Bouy
The very best of luck on your search .From my personal experience of ownership of a Ribcraft 4.8 with a Honda Bf 50 on the back .I have no hesitation on going 10 miles from shore (weather permitting ) to visit the Fastnet rock and Whale watching here on the South coast of Ireland .After careful consideration and many sea trials the Ribcraft ticked the most boxes and the fact that I can garage it for the winter.The all important fuel question at 4000 rpm cruising at 20 knts ill get 2 miles a ltr . Happy Hunting
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Old 03 September 2014, 16:20   #4
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Thanks for this, the 5.4mtr is too big for me to store, 5 is really pushing the boat out (no pun intended). Nevertheless, thanks for confirming the Searider as a contender, on paper it appears to tick the boxes, a 4.7 seems the perfect compromise but there are not many around.
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Old 03 September 2014, 16:23   #5
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Thanks for confirming the Ribcraft 4.8, I would have no hesitation, with the right configuration and price.
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Old 03 September 2014, 16:49   #6
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The way my boat is configured is single and a double jockey directly behind . I have a Garmin 7 inch gps , garmin hds f finder , fusion cd stereo , led deck lighting, extra wide trailer wheels .
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Old 03 September 2014, 17:33   #7
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It looks a cracking boat and set up - thanks for the pix!
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Old 04 September 2014, 04:21   #8
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This time last year I too was looking for a RIB. After looking at everything I could on the internet I then visited a couple of manufacturs and finally went to the boat show with some idea of what I wanted and a budget to spend.

However, once at the boat show all that went out of the window

Given the boat show is not far away I would suggest going there and looking at a wide variety, taking them for a test spin and having a good chat to them all.
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Old 04 September 2014, 05:56   #9
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Good point, didn't think of test opportunities at the boat show, will see if I can get the chance to get time off from work.
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Sitting in them and having a go on the water help with the choice. You can then really see the build quality, size, layout etc.

Also you can compare lots and get a good idea of what the supplier is like just by talking to them.

I would recommend taking a full day. Go in the week when its less busy and go early so the exhibitors are not fed up or worn out.

I went with a narrow selection in mind and yet ended up with something quite different.
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