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Old 27 April 2003, 14:45   #1
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Rib for my boat (Newbie)

Hi

I'm new to this forum, sorry I'm sure you get asked this question a lot. Since I know little about this subject the following may be very naive. We currently have an Avon 310 Rover with 6HP Mercury 4 stroke. We're looking for a significant upgrade for our new boat

I am looking for a recomendation for a good quality rib for my 50ft motor boat ( beam 4.50m).

It will be fitted onto electric davits (sorry don't know the load capacity)

We are looking for the following specification:

Must take five people, must have a steering wheel, fast upto say 40 Knots, safe, reliable, not look to big nor to heavy to sit on the back of the boat.

Easy to drive (for adults and a 15 year old).

It's a general fun runabout only. Must suit a cream hull (not white).

We think we want a Jet but any advice, suggestions would be very much appreciated.

I don't know if the rules of the forum allow, but advice on possible dealers would also be great (we're based on the Hamble).

Thank you in advance

Martin
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Old 28 April 2003, 00:34   #2
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I'm sure most would agree...

.....Avon do make very good ribs and inflatables with plenty of options with respect to engines etc. I had a 3.5m supersport rib a few years back with a yamaha 25hp (slightly too big, rated for 18hp!). It was very eay to handle and would tow a skier (as long as it wasn't Robbie Coltrane!). Also two people could easily carry the boat up the beach etc.

try these.....

www.avoninflatables.co.uk
http://www.avoninflatables.co.uk/page/fd_lei
http://www.avoninflatables.co.uk/page/fd_lei
or
www.bhg-marine.co.uk
http://www.bhg-marine.co.uk/page10.html

You don't say where you are but BHG marine are in bucklers hard and I think alladins cave chandlerys (hamble/swanwick) are also agents for Avon. Stick with what you know I say, for choice in the size range you require and availability they may be hard to beat.
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