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Old 27 April 2009, 04:43   #21
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Originally Posted by biffer View Post
if i remember correctly they did find it, i might be wrong, you'll have to be a complete arsehole to burst at least 5 chambers and hole the hull to sink a rib
Thats what they said about the Titanic!!

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Old 27 April 2009, 05:31   #22
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The main question you both need to ask yourselves is for waht purpose is the boat going to be put too. I RIB would be the better option for bad condtions, but only if you are a capable driver. Alot of people will tell you a RIB is ideal for rough water, this it is if driven correctly.

I hard boat will be more spacious and comfortable so if you are looking for a boat to anchor off a beach for half a day, and go swimming from then I would say you are better off with a hard boat.

hope this helps.


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Old 27 April 2009, 07:23   #23
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Originally Posted by tinker View Post
All in my opinion.
RIB - Can burst, expensive to buy, limited durability.
Yreah, but when they burst they're more likely to stay afloat than a hard boat (as demonstrated on the clyde during the QE2's visit).

Mine's about to celebrate it's 30th birthday! Not very durabale at all....

Originally Posted by Carl View Post
you can sink a rib
Yeah, but you do really have to try!

I think the advantage of RIBS is thay are more stable at rest, as it comes off the plane & comes to rest, the hull sinks putting the toobs on the water, whereas a hard boat will continue to bob about in the swell. As pointed out before they have more bouyancy than you can shake a stick at, and I believe the toobs can help to absorb some of the impact if you stuff it into the back of a wave.

As has been pointed out, the ideal craft (and I use that word purposefully bearing in mind the previous posts) for you may not be the dream craft of your wife / girlfriend. Having said that, there are some nice cabin ribs out there that tick all boxes, if you have the dosh to pay for them. I think Simon has summed it up nicely.

On a slight tangent, at what point does the rib become a hard boat with a continuous fender?
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Old 27 April 2009, 10:15   #24
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I have owned both in the past. My first boat was a 21' Regal with V6 petrol inboard engine and sterndrive. For the past 6 years I have owned a 6m Bombard Explorer RIB with 90hp Yamaha outboard.

The features of the Regal compared to the RIB are:
- Regal has cuddy cabin for keeping stuff dry and occasional overnight
- Regal has all over cover so could be used, with reasonable comfort, in wet weather
- plenty of spray in anything more than flat conditions (say top end of F3 and above)
- inboard engine and outdrive is more expensive to maintain than outboard

The advantages of the RIB (these may not apply to all RIBs):
- can be used in wider range of sea conditions
- quite dry even in moderately rough seas
- inherent buoyancy of tubes
- easy engine maintenance
- generally 'low maintenance': we see it and up to a point treat it as a big floating fender. No worries about fenders for docking, just let the tubes do the work (we have 'd' section fendering on the tubes).

On the whole, I feel more comfortable with the RIB that I ever did with the Regal, although that may be because I'm that much more experienced.
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Old 27 April 2009, 11:01   #25
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Originally Posted by Nick Thomas View Post
RIB's ... go like trains
That solves the sinking debate then

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