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Old 11 July 2013, 06:14   #1
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Hi to all

My apologies if I'm the 1000th person to pitch up and post the classic which RIB to buy post but having read the guides, searched eBay, B.'s and O's and every broker in the South West I find myself no nearer to honing in on what to buy.

I'm after the following as a guideline:

5 - 6 metres
Up to 40kts ( I've been working on around a 90hp engine)

Plentiful seating
Good condition
Trailer
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Budget of 9000 at a stretch

Intended to use for exploring the waterways in South Cornwall around Falmouth, High speed stuff out in the bay and Saturday barbecue trips to the beach with up to 8 on board.

Any advice would be hugely appreciated. I'm also very interested to hear from anyone whose operated around Falmouth for advice on storage and slipways etc.

Many thanks in advance

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Old 11 July 2013, 06:54   #2
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Hi to all

My apologies if I'm the 1000th person to pitch up ...
No, it's way more than a 1000 :-)

Our Ribcraft 5.3 with a 90hp Suzuki & SS PROP will just about pull 40kts three up. Not sure I'd want eight on it though even though it's plated for that. Ours is configured for three.

There'll be plenty of folks on here with opinions about makes. For every solid recommendation there'll often be a negative. You might end up wondering if it's a fathomable puzzle!

As you've expressed views on size, power, seating, price, etc it may be worth searching and finding something you like the look of and then linking it on here to gather opinion. Surprising how often individual boats for sale are actually known on here.

We use the south Cornish coast out of Mylor, just up the Fal Estuary from Falmouth. Falmouth has a big slip too. A nice cruising area - although the locals will be on here to say stay away, the place sucks ;-)
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Old 11 July 2013, 07:26   #3
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Falmouth eh?

Do you actually live in Fal? 'Coz the Dinghy Park (Watersports Centre) slip and parking can get expensive.

8 POB on a sub 6m boat is gonna be a squeeze.
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- although the locals will be on here to say stay away, the place sucks ;-)
This guy lives here.
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This guy lives here.
Yeah, but was he born there? Makes a difference I'm told by some born in St Minver and who look upon Polzeath as an adventure. If he's from up country some locals - no names - might want him to stay ashore ;-)

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For sure
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I'm told by some born in St Minver and who look upon Polzeath as an adventure.
That's because Polzeath used to be a part of Cornwall. It's a suberb of Kensington now,
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That's because Polzeath used to be a part of Cornwall. It's a suberb of Kensington now,
Ah, a bit like Rock then
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Polzeath is 'Rock Beach'.
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I'm in Penryn so certainly not a Kensington-on-kernow weekender!! Thanks for the help so far. I know 8 would be a squeeze but that would really only be for a 20 minute nip to st mawes so comfort not crucial!

In terms of boats I've seen the Ribeye playtime 500 has been my main focus, although getting a good one for 9 grand seems a challenge in itself.

Mylor seems a great option for storage if a tad

Thanks for the ongoing help chaps
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Old 11 July 2013, 17:57   #10
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There you go - will do everything you need.

Mate of mine has one. 40 knots running light and will carry the weight when needed.
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