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Old 13 August 2014, 08:33   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Make: Pro Shore
Length: under 3m
Engine: Outboard
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Rib-X 450 2010

Does anyone have experience or knowledge of using a 2010 Rib-X 450? I am considering buying one with a 50hp engine. This will be my first family rib, I currently have a 2.9m tender with a 4hp outboard. I think it's time for something bigger to take the family out on the Solent! Any comments would be appreciated.


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Old 13 August 2014, 16:56   #2
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Country: UK - England
Town: Falmouth
Boat name: Egress
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150HP outboard
Join Date: Aug 2014
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I am not familiar with the Rib-X but can give you my take on the size and type of RIB to buy. I had a Valiant 4M 40HP manual tilt and start, no bilge, for 9 years. We had a lot of fun with her and it was a great introduction to the water. Having moved up to a 5.85 with electrics I can safely say that the difference is enormous. So, I'd definitely go for something with a battery but the extra size makes the ride so much more comfortable and the Solent can be pretty exciting at times - probably too much even for my boat. Therefore I'd suggest something larger. However, you still don't get to move about much on a 6M boat - you need to get to about 7.5m I guess. Finally, mine's a Ribcraft which appears to be a popular choice but, whilst I know the theory of why it's a great boat, I don't have the experience of lots of other RIBs to bear that out - but I am very happy with her.

Hope that helps.

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Old 14 August 2014, 02:21   #3
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Country: UK - England
Town: Portsmouth
Boat name: Cinsirrah III
Make: Oceans
Length: 8m +
Engine: Twin D3 160 Diesels
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I may be corrected but in my opinion a 450 sounds small for a "family Boat",however on a flat calm day I'm sure it will be fine. We have had great days out on smaller RIBs but watch the weather. The Solent can become lumpy at times. There are great places to explore like The Hamble,Itchen,Portsmouth harbour,Beaulieu and much more and all are fairly sheltered. We are in Port Solent and if you want to venture out in company give us a shout. Hope this is helpful.

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Old 16 August 2014, 16:22   #4
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Cardiff
Make: Avon
Length: 3m +
Engine: 2 stroke
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It depends on the boat and the family really, compared to what you currently have massive difference! This is good and bad, what is the config of the ribX ? For a family boat you want more seats and less stowage for a dive boat the reverse. How many kids? What age? Also will you keep it moored or trailered ?

Is it 2 or 4 stroke motor?

They do some with a rear bench seat that would be ok but others with just a small jockey console which wouldn't the excite looks fun very med styled
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