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Old 09 November 2008, 06:45   #11
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While not a full pilot / wheelhouse I moved to a 7.5m rib this year - see http://www.shearwaterribs.com/

the spray hood/ bimini works well & you can sleep in it if you need/ want to .

Clearly the bigger the boat the better & though I've never troed one I 've heardnotmuch comes close to the redbay boats
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Old 09 November 2008, 06:57   #12
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While not a full pilot / wheelhouse I moved to a 7.5m rib this year - see http://www.shearwaterribs.com/

the spray hood/ bimini works well & you can sleep in it if you need/ want to .

Clearly the bigger the boat the better & though I've never troed one I 've heardnotmuch comes close to the redbay boats
Yeh, definatly one of the better looking RIB's out there, and without losing the appeal of a RIB.
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Old 09 November 2008, 08:58   #13
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Also just seen a piece in RIB mag for

www.starspring.biz

seem to show a RIBCAb for almost all ribs if I am reading it right. NOt looked at website yet , but might worth looking into .

OK just tried web & nothing there !
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Old 09 November 2008, 10:03   #14
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Looking at your location I wonder whats the temperature like and how long is the cold season for.
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Old 09 November 2008, 11:20   #15
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Also just seen a piece in RIB mag for

www.starspring.biz

seem to show a RIBCAb for almost all ribs if I am reading it right. NOt looked at website yet , but might worth looking into .

OK just tried web & nothing there !
I rather like the look of that.
It'd be a good excuse for having a diesel heater onboard too...
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I guess the key question here is how comfortable are you and your wife, assuming you are appropriately dressed for the conditions (ie. floatation suits), spending time outdoors in inclement conditions. If you are both year-round outdooorsy types, I don't see any issues with an open RIB for the trip lengths and conditions you have described. The key is to stay inside and keep the fiberglass (or aluminum) side down.

Personally, I would much prefer to be in a boat that simply won't sink, even if I'm completely exposed to the elements, than in a cabin boat that has the potential to sink.
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Thanks for all the responses.

My wife is the typical "always cold" type. I'm indifferent. Granted, with enough cold weather gear (cruiser suit/dry suit) she would be warm enough. However when we do get to our enchanted pacific isles, we want to be active and not overly encumbered by clothing.

I don't have any pictures of the design yet but as is typical here, the consul is 3 sided, has a roof, is "stand up height" with a bench seat rather than your jockey style. The consul will be almost the full width between the tubes, have side glass yet, not wrap around the bench.

I do like the redbays... they offer even more protection than my current plan. My consul will be welded aluminum and would not look pretty if it were as extensive as a redbay. The shearwater looks brilliant.

I imagine our climates are similar today its 13c with cloud and light rain. In winter we might get down to -5c or so on occasion. Summer is 20-27c on the water 30c+ inland
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I just took a look at the canvas option above. Not bad, offers protection yet can be removed to clean up the look in summer. I'll have to think some more...

I am starting to consider the jockey seats as well. I'm sure that they cannot be beaten in rough water.
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Old 09 November 2008, 23:26   #19
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Thanks for all the responses.


I imagine our climates are similar today its 13c with cloud and light rain. In winter we might get down to -5c or so on occasion. Summer is 20-27c on the water 30c+ inland
I notice I am just a fraction further North than you - 49 v 51 deg

Temps are almost the same - it's been about 10C today. 80mph winds and hailstones/torrential rain as well though!!! The SW Coast/Wales is wide open to the Atlantic and gales can keep on for months.

My 9m RIB gives a very dry ride - hardly any water from the sea comes on board but impossible to dodge the rain as it's open.

Jockey seats are great - much more secure. You can take most of the shock with your legs.
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If I could I'd always choose an open RIB , with jockey seats - they just look better ! & I think are better suited to any kind of rough water. Friends of mine with cruisers often remark that while thier boats could handle the weather we go out in the RIB in , they couldn't do it as quickly (25knts +) , or without all hell breaking loose in the cabin.

Its not often you see a searay type boat clear of the water at 25 kts with eveyone on board looking happy - in RIB its standard stuff. RIB every time , but I would say that !
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