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Old 10 May 2007, 17:44   #1
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Ribcraft 4.8

New to the forum, good to see so many active boaters out there...

Just wanted to say, we have a Ribcraft 4.8m, and it is the best small boat I have ever driven, in over 20 yrs on the Scottish West Coast, and over 700hrs logged.

The combination of the deep v hull, and the commercial build quality make it totally sea worthy.

I have done 67hrs through the winter, and been out in a force 7 with 4 on board. Not once has the performance of the boat given any cause for concern.

I would recommend this boat to anyone looking for a true all year round vessell, which will run rings round many a bigger boat.

With 60hp, she is good for 30knots, and the light weight of the boat, coupled to the efficency of modern engines, means we are regularly getting 4hrs from a 25litre tank of unleaded. This means you can get out more often without breaking the bank.



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Old 10 May 2007, 18:14   #2
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I expect I'll be first of many - but welcome to the forum.

Glad to hear your so pleased with your Ribcraft. How long have you had her - just this winter or a bit longer? Good to see a photo as well - have you got any more that show off some of the lovely scenery that you have up there?

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Old 10 May 2007, 18:47   #3
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[QUOTE=Amber1;198863] New to the forum, good to see so many active boaters out there...

Just wanted to say, we have a Ribcraft 4.8m, and it is the best small boat I have ever driven, in over 20 yrs on the Scottish West Coast, and over 700hrs logged.
I have done 67hrs through the winter, and been out in a force 7 with 4 on board. Not once has the performance of the boat given any cause for concern.


How do Amber 1, would you ever please go to the RNLI and get a job there, they are looking for people like you. If you are going out in force 7 you may as well be in their boat as it will save a pick up....
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Old 13 May 2007, 16:55   #4
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Where do I sign Amber?!

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Old 13 May 2007, 17:06   #5
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Lovely looking boat. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 14 May 2007, 13:08   #6
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getting 4hrs from a 25litre tank of unleaded. This means you can get out more often without breaking the bank.
Is this actually possible?! What are you all getting from your 25 Litre Tank-fulls?

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Old 14 May 2007, 13:38   #7
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Its a smaller boat with a smaller engine and its Four Stroke.

You could get the same MPG if you didn't try and take all your fish home alive in your own bit of the English Channel you've managed to get in the boat.
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Old 14 May 2007, 14:57   #9
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So not only did you have a look you joined!

best of luck with the boat,thanks for the tip with the bilge pump.






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New to the forum, good to see so many active boaters out there...

Just wanted to say, we have a Ribcraft 4.8m, and it is the best small boat I have ever driven, in over 20 yrs on the Scottish West Coast, and over 700hrs logged.

The combination of the deep v hull, and the commercial build quality make it totally sea worthy.

I have done 67hrs through the winter, and been out in a force 7 with 4 on board. Not once has the performance of the boat given any cause for concern.

I would recommend this boat to anyone looking for a true all year round vessell, which will run rings round many a bigger boat.

With 60hp, she is good for 30knots, and the light weight of the boat, coupled to the efficency of modern engines, means we are regularly getting 4hrs from a 25litre tank of unleaded. This means you can get out more often without breaking the bank.



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Old 14 May 2007, 18:34   #10
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Thanks for the comments

Thanks for all the positive comments,

The boat is 6 months old, and before that we had a Bombard 3.8m with a Yamaha 15hp 4 stroke, which we once took round the Isle of Arran! Don't need to go far to find adventurous boating up here..

The Bombard was a good step up to the bigger boat. Going back many years, we also had a Bonwitco with a yamaha 6hp, which we used to take out and chase the American Submarines.

Have always found the Yamaha engines to be reliable and solid. The one on Amber is very very economical indeed...

She will plane at 12 knots - 3400rpm, and you are doing 18-20knots at roughly 3800-3900 rpm. There's usually only two people out, so you can cruise at this kind of power setting quite comfortably for a long time, and the engine is only sipping the fuel, but there's still enough power to get you home quick.

We looked long and hard at various engine/ boat combinations before settling for this one. It is a good compromise between size, weight, speed and economy. I'm not joking, when I say you can go out with 50 litres aboard, for 4-5hrs, and come back with one can still 95% full.


We are members & keen supporters of the RNLI. I was trying to think of ways to raise money locally, and came up with the idea of visiting all the RNLI inshore lifeboat stations on the upper clyde in one day, during the summer.

If I've got it right, there are 4 stations: Largs, Lamlash, Tighnabruich & Rhu. It would be an all day trip, and I estimate roughly 50-55 nautical miles, if done as a circuit.

I'd be interested to hear if anyone thought this was a good idea, and would be interested in taking part. If you pick a good day, the scenery is absolutely stunning!
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