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Old 21 May 2007, 13:58   #31
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Ribcraft 5.85 as new as you can afford with a Fourstroke.
I note a lot of enthusiasm for these and Avon SR's.
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Old 21 May 2007, 13:59   #32
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Most people will agree, you won't go far wrong with a Ribcraft
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Old 21 May 2007, 14:01   #33
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If you want side by side seating then the minimum internal beam you want will be about 1.3m, although a comfortable width is 1.4-1.5m's. The trouble with most RIBs is that they often state their internal beam as being the widest part of the RIB, the back! This often means that where the console is there's not enough room for seating side by side. I suspect though, if you are looking at +6m RIBs this won't be such an issue, but something to keep in mind.

I would suggest that an outboard is a much better option than both an inboard and a diesel for a small boat as for one, you don't compromise on the internal space and two, if you buy a diesel now it might well be very difficult to sell on when the price of Diesel goes up, it will almost certainly cost you more in terms of depreciation.
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Old 21 May 2007, 14:23   #34
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Would you want to go to the IoW from say Chichester in anything less than 6.0m?
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Plenty of people do it in a 4 meter. Even in rough weather.
It's certainly possible in a 4m RIB, but unlikely to be a whole lot of fun unless conditions are pretty good. It's not something that many people would want to do frequently.

If you can stretch to 6.5m then that's great. You could certainly manage with something a bit smaller than 6m though; 5.5 to 6 metres would be fine.

ADS's recommendation of a Ribcraft 585 would definitely serve you well. You'd be OK with a 5.3 Ribcraft but would probably want something a bit bigger after a while.

Inboard really isn't a likely option for your size range and budget, but you don't need a massive outboard. Generally speaking the newer the motor, the better the fuel consumption. Lots of people are putting 140hp on 585s, but for most cruising a 90 is more than adequate so don't overlook boats with modest power (you may also pick one up cheaper because they are seen as less desirable.

There are plenty of capable boats around and the "best" one is really a matter of personal taste. Take your time and find something that you are comfortable with. Ideally try a few boats out before you buy - ask around here and you'll probably get a few offers of test rides in other people's boats.

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Old 21 May 2007, 14:46   #35
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This often means that where the console is there's not enough room for seating side by side. I suspect though, if you are looking at +6m RIBs this won't be such an issue, but something to keep in mind.

I would suggest that an outboard is a much better option than both an inboard and a diesel for a small boat as for one, you don't compromise on the internal space and two, if you buy a diesel now it might well be very difficult to sell on when the price of Diesel goes up, it will almost certainly cost you more in terms of depreciation.
Good advice thank you. At this rate I'll sound like I know what I'm doing!!!
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Old 21 May 2007, 14:49   #36
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Take your time and find something that you are comfortable with. Ideally try a few boats out before you buy - ask around here and you'll probably get a few offers of test rides in other people's boats.

Good luck!

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I think this is a great idea. With the powerboat course it will be on mostly Ribs so I'm hoping I will get a much better understanding about the genuine size and what that means - I might well find that 6.5 m seems enormouse and 5.5 is just fine.

I think the more exposure to this fab website will also stand me in good sted. I already (think) I have a better understanding on engines and costs (both buying and running). I just need to rob that bank - where is my ballaclava... Only kidding
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I think this is a great idea. With the powerboat course it will be on mostly Ribs so I'm hoping I will get a much better understanding about the genuine size and what that means - I might well find that 6.5 m seems enormouse and 5.5 is just fine.

I think the more exposure to this fab website will also stand me in good sted. I already (think) I have a better understanding on engines and costs (both buying and running). I just need to rob that bank - where is my ballaclava... Only kidding
I need some Cash for my new RIB! Tell me what Bank you're robbing and I'll be the getaway driver for you
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Old 21 May 2007, 15:13   #38
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A getaway driver of a RIB I hope...
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Old 21 May 2007, 15:16   #39
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I have found one: Humber 6.5m Rib. professionally retubed 2006, Engine 2003 Volvo Penta 4.3 GS, V6 petrol with duo prop outdrive.
Petrol inboards aren't very popular (probably because of the disadvantages people here say with inboards - but with a diesel some of these disadvantages are outweighed (no pun intended) - but with a petrol its not normally the case). I'm not telling you not to buy the petrol inboard - but bear in mind that less popular = no easy to resell.
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if you buy a diesel now it might well be very difficult to sell on when the price of Diesel goes up, it will almost certainly cost you more in terms of depreciation.
Andy - interestingly I asked exactly that question a few weeks ago http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=18991 - and the resounding answer I got was - that second hand diesel rib prices were likely to be little affected by the new tax rules.

If a diesel rib has already depreciated to 10k (the budget in this thread) then it is unlikely to depreciate much further very quickly.

However - I think I agree with what has been said here - unless you have a specific reason to go diesel then petrol outboard is more "normal" and one assumes therefore, in general a better solution.
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