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Old 28 February 2017, 16:18   #1
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RIB for teenage son--Ribeye

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My 16 year old is progressing from a Zodiac cadet to a RIB and we have been offered a 2010 Ribeye 310 with a 2010 Yamaha 15hp on it.He would mainly be using it on Windermere and Coniston and we just wondered what people's opinions were on this set up and build quality.
I am curious on the performance,durability and how well it will get on the plane with 2 on board.
Any info or advice greatly appreciated.
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Old 28 February 2017, 18:37   #2
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Well a SIB around that length with a 15hp will go very well easily getting on the plane 2 up. So with the more efficient Ribeye hull and a similar light weight to a SIB I'd expect its performance to be excellent.
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Old 01 March 2017, 03:18   #3
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We have an aluminium hulled ribeye tl280 as a tender and it's brilliant
It's actually lighter than our previous air deck excell dinghy and performs way better
Are you looking at tiller control or console? a console boat will be a quantum leap in terms of control etc
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Old 01 March 2017, 03:28   #4
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Thanks for your advice both,it's a console and he has used similar bigger ribs st marine cadets but keen to get his own smaller craft.
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Ribeye are good boats for what they are so no real worries there.

I would say 15hp would be a bit underpowered, even for the lakes. At 15 my parents kindly upgraded me from a SIB to a 4m RIB with a 40 on the back. That quickly got boring (even on the Norfolk Broads), especially when I got my drivers licence at 17 and started taking it to the coast with friends. Hence I sold it and got something with a bigger engine! Load your Ribeye up with a couple of friends and it suddenly seems VERY slow.

Assuming the above boat is probably priced around the £2xxx mark I'd look at something like a 4m Avon Searider thats has the capability to go to sea, that he can tinker with, and thats easily sellable if he wants to go bigger/faster in due course.
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Thanks,the ribeye he is looking at is 2010 and in vgc,it has a snipe trailer with it but was interested in previous comment to its worth as the boat is around the £3000 mark and am wondering if this is over priced after reading one if the comments above,any advice appreciated.
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Old 01 March 2017, 15:41   #7
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I would say 15hp would be a bit underpowered, even for the lakes.
10 knot speed limit, not sure you can be underpowered. It will plane with 2 people on board, maybe 3 if young enough to have not developed a beer gut yet. The TS310 only weighs 55kg + 50 kg engine. A SR4 weighs something like 160kg + 80-90 kg for the engine = 250kg. The lakes are not glassy calm but they aren't going to be fighting huge swells, 15HP is perfectly adequate, and a tidy Ribeye with 15HP will be as easily resold as a scruffy SR; but perhaps more importantly for a teenager - will require a significantly less go-juice and hopefully a newer boat and engine needs less TLC.
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Old 01 March 2017, 16:18   #8
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Lucky boy if his Dad shells out that for him! Go for it. Will be a hoot. Its a used boat, most of the depreciation done, so nothing to lose really.
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When we bought our ribeye we specifically wanted that boat for the weight saving as it was to sit on the bathing platform there is very little choice in that size & weight so we found they hold their money realy well. Even the 310 boat will be popular as a tender for a larger cruiser so I'd imagine it too will hold its value.
There is probably little choice in that size and weight class so anyone wanting those features won't have many options of used boats to buy. That isn't the case with old Sr4s of which there are plenty around
For your needs it seems spot on
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What a lucky boy. It sounds like a nicelittle package.
Would you consider adopting a 41 year old, I'm house trained and my birthday is coming up in May 😉
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