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Old 26 July 2009, 15:18   #11
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Not convinced you will be able to afford a Lotus Elise equivalent on a 5k budget. For this kind of money.........

More of a lowered Corsa with a bass bin in the boot kind of rib.
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Old 26 July 2009, 15:35   #12
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RIBs do hold money quite well. Probably the most bang for your buck would be something like a Fletcher 21 or similar with a 200hp outboard. And no things haven't progressed much in 30 years despite what people like to think.........

Smaller RIBs are more fun. A zapcat would be withing your budget but doubt the wife would like it much - never know though............
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Old 26 July 2009, 17:51   #13
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Actually Codders, a Zapcat would be pretty close as a rib equivalent to an Elise and one would come for 5k.
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....and much easier to get in and out of.
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....and much easier to get in and out of.
This is true, unlike the Elise, the Zapcat has an ejector seat in the bow
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Old 27 July 2009, 00:47   #16
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More of a lowered Corsa with a bass bin in the boot kind of rib.
Shame I guess boats are going the same way as cars then.. I just picked up an excellent condition 97 Merc SL500 for 5K because no-one wants big engined cars anymore.
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RIBs do hold money quite well. Probably the most bang for your buck would be something like a Fletcher 21 or similar with a 200hp outboard. And no things haven't progressed much in 30 years despite what people like to think.........

Smaller RIBs are more fun. A zapcat would be withing your budget but doubt the wife would like it much - never know though............
I was going to get a traditional speedboat but I'd been advised that a RIB was safer, and more fun than a comparable SB.

Thanks for all the advice guys.
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Old 27 July 2009, 03:48   #18
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Avon Jet Rib

Martin,

This is the boat that I mentioned. It is for sale by MattH on here and is immaculate.

Lots of fun too!

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Old 27 July 2009, 04:56   #19
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Isn't something like this ;

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/TWR261

a better bet ? Scope to take people , will probably do 30knts + , rightmoney .........

A few of these types of boat are about for this money & less.
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Martin,

RIBs tend to be more money than comparable speedboats, but you get what you pay for in terms of safety and all weather usability.

I suspect from what you are saying that you want something that will perform like the speedboat you mention, but with the added safety that a RIB brings, allowing more use over the year. Add in taking your wife and daughter out, and I get the feeling you are looking for a RIB with a little space and the ability to cope with a bit of chop in reasonable comfort - nothing much more.

The smaller RIBs will cope with a great deal, but I suspect they will be too uncomfortable and short on length and space, especially if you are using them at sea rather than on a lake? I reckon an ideal boat might be around the 5.5 - 6.0 metre (90hp-ish upwards) range for comfort and overall usability, but given your level of experience, cost and garage constraints, nearer 5.0 metre/ 60hp plus would work for you better. You may find your budget stretched here though! Loads of good boats to choose from though - Ribcraft, Humber, Tornado, XS, Avon, etc - all make good solid boats.

RIBs are inherently safer than speedboats, but will you be using it in the kind of conditions that warrant the extra ability? perhaps a speedboat would fit the bill?? I would suggest that a test drive of a few RIBs and speed boats in the conditions you want to use them would be a good start point, although bear in mind, as you get more experience, you may find the RIB suits your growing confidence better!

Tricky!

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