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Old 11 November 2013, 08:40   #1
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I'm new to ribbing, and after purchasing a fairly cheap but functional 5k starter RIB have decided to dig deeper into my pockets for something better.

I was hoping for some suggestions. I find 6.5 metres about the size I want, but I'm looking for the RIB equivalent of a Land rover defender. Although I always maintain my toys, I seldom clean or treat them with respect. I like functionality and reliability rather than looks, and would like to go offshore.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
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Old 11 November 2013, 09:04   #2
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Old 11 November 2013, 12:34   #4
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Thanks for the suggestion. I have looked online at quite a few of PAC 22s and Arctic 22s. They're definitely up my street but the age of them puts me off. A local RIB and outboard engineer put me off them, and recommended I looked for something newer. Most are 15-20 years old now. The idea is not completely dead, but I have to say the age of them is a concern. Any opinions welcome
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why is the age of concern to you? my tornado is a 1984 hull and is much more solid that a lot of more modern boats. just as with landrovers, base your decision on condition rather than age.
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Hi all

I'm new to ribbing, and after purchasing a fairly cheap but functional 5k starter RIB have decided to dig deeper into my pockets for something better.

I was hoping for some suggestions. I find 6.5 metres about the size I want, but I'm looking for the RIB equivalent of a Land rover defender. Although I always maintain my toys, I seldom clean or treat them with respect. I like functionality and reliability rather than looks, and would like to go offshore.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
You may well get away with not cleaning and abusing a Defender for sometime
However I don't know any regularly used Sea going craft that wont soon succumb to the Ravages of Sea and Salt!...Not to mention Abuse!!?? IMO the regular cleaning and checking of your Boat goes hand in hand with maintenance and ultimately safety!
I have a Ribcraft 6.8 which I consider a Pretty Tough and well built Boat...I also maintain it Fastidiously!
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Old 11 November 2013, 15:40   #8
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why is the age of concern to you? my tornado is a 1984 hull and is much more solid that a lot of more modern boats. just as with landrovers, base your decision on condition rather than age.
I did spend a lot of time looking at these, and must admit to really liking them. I was particularly smitten with the arctic 24 of a local ribnet user that sold this year. I may reconsider. It was a local engineer whom I quite trust that put me off when asking him about various options. He recommended XS ribs ... any opinions?
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You may well get away with not cleaning and abusing a Defender for sometime
However I don't know any regularly used Sea going craft that wont soon succumb to the Ravages of Sea and Salt!...Not to mention Abuse!!?? IMO the regular cleaning and checking of your Boat goes hand in hand with maintenance and ultimately safety!
I have a Ribcraft 6.8 which I consider a Pretty Tough and well built Boat...I also maintain it Fastidiously!
I always maintain my boats fastidiously too, I just never clean them (thats what rain's for), I leave them on a mooring winter or summer, bounce them off everybody elses boat, rub them along pontoons, and set my kids loose upon them. I do grease things, change oil and filters, repair breakage properly, have engines serviced, and only go to sea in seaworthy boats. I may be seen occasionally swilling down the decks, but you'll never catch me with a tin of chrome polish or upholstery balm.
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but you'll never catch me with a tin of chrome polish or upholstery balm.
......you mean you make the leader of the opposition bend down, reach deep into the back of the locker and search for the upholstery balm herself?

That's just heartless.
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