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Old 10 November 2008, 05:12   #21
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cabin ribs

i agree with some of the others, a pilot house on a rib that small would make it a bit unstable, try to do something a bit lower and have a fixed bimini with clip on hood sides that gives you the best of both worlds, i have had all kinds of boats big and small, what i have built myself now is just right for all weathers (personal view) take a look
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Old 10 November 2008, 06:32   #22
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There as no Doubt that they do their jobs well, but they do look gut ugly.
I think we need to accept that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is more to good looks than sleek lines.

Redbay will put a wraparound canopy/wheelhouse on their 6.5 m boats - if it is outboard powered (insufficient space on the diesel version), and Pete 7 was at one stage planning a "compact" berth/cabin on board his Pac22 - so thats probably about the smallest practical size.
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Old 10 November 2008, 07:28   #23
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I went from a Searay 260 Sundancer to a rib. For us it's not about the protection. As mentioned, with decent wet weather gear it's fantastic battling with the elements. The thing we miss with the cruiser is the ability to drop the hook and sleep on it.
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Polwart....'I think we need to accept that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is more to good looks than sleek lines.'

Absolutely.
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Old 10 November 2008, 12:00   #24
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I am aiming to eventually end up with a Redbay 6.5 with wrapround screen and canvas roof. Its taking a bit of working up to financially but I'm getting there boat by boat getting bigger each time!
Its a long term plan but has been the aim since I bought my first boat.
I have much the same needs as yourself, wife, rain and the cold all to be kept seperate..............
I reckon these are the mutts nuts with the best of both worlds but horses for courses etc etc.
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Old 10 November 2008, 14:43   #25
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I think we need to accept that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is more to good looks than sleek lines.
Yes, I accept that. I just think their design department could have done a better job for a cabin RIB.
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Old 10 November 2008, 15:13   #26
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Yes, I accept that. I just think their design department could have done a better job for a cabin RIB.
I actually think they look nice!
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I am aiming to eventually end up with a Redbay 6.5 with wrapround screen and canvas roof. Its taking a bit of working up to financially but I'm getting there boat by boat getting bigger each time!
Its a long term plan but has been the aim since I bought my first boat.
I have much the same needs as yourself, wife, rain and the cold all to be kept seperate..............
I reckon these are the mutts nuts with the best of both worlds but horses for courses etc etc.
me too! do you think they would do us a bulk discount! ... no thought not!
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Old 11 November 2008, 02:03   #27
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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.
My wife is the same.I bought a jacket from these people to solve the same problem.

http://www.exo2.co.uk/contact.html

that was about a year ago, I put a belkin socket on the consol of the rib and another on the jacket, she just plugs herself in and away we go!
The connection has a break in the line to connect to other power sources, including a powerpack she puts in her pocket,she's now got the gloves scarves the whole lot. Now used all the time for walking mutts etc.

Just another idea to consider.
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Old 11 November 2008, 02:53   #28
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I am aiming to eventually end up with a Redbay 6.5 with wrapround screen and canvas roof. Its taking a bit of working up to financially but I'm getting there boat by boat getting bigger each time!
Bruce, the last time i spoke to these guys they were thinking of selling their RB6.5 with cabin.
I think there was also a listing in the boats for sale on this forum

http://www.proform-marine.com/1/1/Th...rm_Marine.html
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Well I am just finishing off the 5.8 Humber. It will take a few years to get some use out of it before selling it and upgrading to the Redbay. The last boat was four years so probably looking about 2012 for it!
do you think they would wait that long?
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If you have not yet done it call or visit Polaris in Langley BC. They know your conditions and can come up with a few options that would work for BC waters. They build a great boat.

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