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Old 26 July 2009, 12:29   #1
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Rib advice.

Hi Guys,

I'm looking to buy my first rib. Trouble is I've no idea about the things! I did mess around in a speedboat while at Uni' 30 years ago but I'm assuming things have moved on!

what I think I'd like is the marine equivalent of a lotus elise. ( but it would seat 3). Any hints on what size/brand i should be looking for?

( just to reassure you all I've booked my VHF course, and wll do a RYA Powerboat course as soon as is practical :-) )

Edit>>>Ops as pointed out below I forgot to mention I should be able to sneek C 5K past the Mrs.
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Old 26 July 2009, 12:31   #2
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Old 26 July 2009, 13:13   #3
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what I think I'd like is the marine equivalent of a lotus elise. ( but it would seat 3). Any hints on what size/brand i should be looking for?
which bit of the lotus elise were you hoping for:

- only really useable in good weather
- "look at me" image
- fast sporty/lively handling
- top speed and h.p. (or power to wt at least) more important that practicality

I guess what I am saying is tell the forum a bit more about what you intend to do with it (where will you use it, how far do you want to go, what do you want to use it for (skiing/ringos, cruising, getting to/from secluded beaches etc), is three the maximum no you will want to take (are there kids going too), how fast do you want to go, what conditions do you want to be able to go out in, do you (or the kids) mind if you get wet a lot)
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Forgot to mention I should be able to sneek C 5K past the Mrs.
Not convinced you will be able to afford a Lotus Elise equivalent on a 5k budget. For this kind of money, you can probably pick up a second hand 5.5m Tornado or Humber with jockey seat and console, powered by a 90hp on a semi-decent trailer. Might be a good starting point.
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5k is more a 'what can I find at all' budget to be honest-unless you want a Searider.
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I know someone who might have a very nice Avon Jet rib going for that sort of money.

not a boat for rough seas but it certainly has the fun / bling factor down.

Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 26 July 2009, 14:27   #7
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OK looks like i need to give a bit more info.-

>> fast sporty/lively handling
->>top speed and h.p. (or power to wt at least) more important that practicality

That sums it up nicley! :-)

But add to that small! I already have 3 cars that wont fit in the garage, this has too!

I've no ambition to do long distance travel. I would like to fish for Bass off it occasionally, and it might need to carry my wife and daughter around.

As too budget-- if 5K isnt enough how much do I need? looking at the classified, it would seem that 5`K buy a nice conventional used speed boat, hence my inital estimate of the budget.
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OK looks like i need to give a bit more info.-

>> fast sporty/lively handling
->>top speed and h.p. (or power to wt at least) more important that practicality

That sums it up nicley! :-)

But add to that small! I already have 3 cars that wont fit in the garage, this has too!

I've no ambition to do long distance travel. I would like to fish for Bass off it occasionally, and it might need to carry my wife and daughter around.

As too budget-- if 5K isnt enough how much do I need? looking at the classified, it would seem that 5`K buy a nice conventional used speed boat, hence my inital estimate of the budget.
OK - so why go down the RIB route? You will get more "speed boat" for 5k than RIB, and it will probably be faster/more powerful.

Another possibility would be a big jet ski (you get them to carry 3). Not sure of costs though?
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What sort of weather do you want it to be able to cope with?
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What sort of weather do you want it to be able to cope with?
Blazing sunshine!

but seriously lets say 3 season, and nothing too rough.
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