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Old 09 December 2014, 15:49   #1
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Rib choice for cruising in Outer Hebrides

Hi to all "ribbers" !

I am looking for 6 to 6.5 meter RIB that will be used for cruising, fishing and transportation in the Outer Hebrides where we have a holiday house.

I live in France where most people uses french or Italian crafts. So don't know a lot about british ribs and have never tried one. But I am sure it is the best choice regarding the seas up north west of scotland.

I am currently looking at :

XS RIbs 600 & 650
Osprey Vipermax 620 & 650
Solent Ribs 600 & 650

I excluded RIbcraft and Humber as they don't reply to foreign customers (in my experience).

I am lookin for good Sea keeping ability, a safe and dry ride and good performance in rough waters.

Could someone higlight the differences forces and weaknesses of these crafts ?
Which one would would be best for intended use?


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Old 09 December 2014, 15:55   #2
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Hi and welcome.

You've clearly done your homework, that's a decent short list that you have there.

My vote would have to be for the Vipermax 6.5 having owned one. I currently run a 7m Vipermax. All in all, the VM is a great allrounder in my opinion.

Others will soon be along to extol the virtues of the whatever they own.
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Old 09 December 2014, 16:04   #3
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You've clearly done your homework, that's a decent short list that you have there
Yep ! I have been studying for some time now
But it's hard to make a choice without seeing/trying the crafts !
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Have you considered looking at Redbay? They have a good reputation and seem to be a good fit for your requirements.

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Old 09 December 2014, 16:29   #5
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No, haven't heard about them until now. The stormforce range looks well built indeed.
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Old 09 December 2014, 16:51   #6
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No, haven't heard about them until now. The stormforce range looks well built indeed.
The 650 would be ideal. I used to own one - nice boat. If you're buying new, tell them it's going to Uist - they like sending boats out there.
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Old 09 December 2014, 17:27   #7
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The 650 would be ideal. I used to own one - nice boat. If you're buying new, tell them it's going to Uist - they like sending boats out there.
They're basically your local rib all up the West coast of Scotland, so if/when you come to move it on it'll be a much easier sale.
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Yep ! I have been studying for some time now
But it's hard to make a choice without seeing/trying the crafts !
If you haven't tried a lot of the Boats...hopefully in a few different conditions IMO you've not done enough "studying".
It really shouldn't be too hard to organise a few tests over a weekend,in this country somewhere like the Solent....and it would certainly make a lot of sense,especially if you're going to spend the kind of money NEW RIBs cost!
Otherwise you may realise(when it's too late) that you've bought the wrong Boat!...like some on here have done!
As to Ribcraft not dealing with Foreign customers,I saw a nice high spec 6.8 French lifeboat being PDI'd at the Factory last week.....
and a 7.8 going to Sweden last month.
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Old 09 December 2014, 17:54   #9
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What about looking at something second-hand that's mint? This Ribcraft 6.5m (2006) is even on the west coast!

Ribcraft 6.5m Deep V - FAFB
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1st choice Redbay....
2nd choice Redbay

Slightly bias (granted), but these boats are designed, built tested and trusted off the Northern Irish and Scottish Atlantic coasts.
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