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Old 04 March 2005, 17:02   #1
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RibCraft 480 vs Bombard Explorer DB500

Hi,
I'm looking at a Ribcraft 480 and a Bombard 500DB Explorer.
The Bombard is about 2000 euro less expensive but larger.

Which one would you choose?

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Old 04 March 2005, 17:04   #2
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Personally I'd go for the Bombard - size wins in my opinion.
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Old 04 March 2005, 17:21   #3
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Thanks Tim

Really need feedback to choose.

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Old 04 March 2005, 17:49   #4
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Id go for the Bombard, it's a fair bit bigger, and you will notice the extra size out at sea.
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Old 04 March 2005, 17:55   #5
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If you want an honest opinion about the Ribcraft 4.8, pm Robin.. He has one at the moment..
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Old 04 March 2005, 17:56   #6
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Depends what you want to do with it. Not familiar with the bombard but as I said on another thread, the Ribcraft 4.8m is hard to beat sub 5m RIB for more serious use. 4 or 5 of them circumnavigated Britain on the RB4 raid in 2001. The are more utilitarion for sure but I think they are cracking little boats. Ask JCW he kept his even after buying a Ribcraft 585 with Bern Hanreck!
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Old 05 March 2005, 02:18   #7
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Bombard DB500...I cannot comment as I don't think I have ever seen one.

However......

4.8 ribcraft. Great boat. Well made. Dry ride. Handles wobbly water well. Top marks for build quality and attention to detail. I have been out in bigger boats that have a harder ride and seen more expensive boats with a worse build quality.

2000 euros is a lot of extra money to fork out for a smaller boat BUT...it is quite possible that the Ribcraft may hold a little extra residual value over the years (in my opinion)

Bottom line

Try them both and get the one you prefer.

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Old 05 March 2005, 03:28   #8
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I have no experience of the Bombard, however the Ribcraft 4.8 is a great Rib. With a good set up it can be fast, economical and easy to launch / recover. They do seem to retain value and sell quickly second hand.

I would buy again if looking for a sub 5m Rib
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I would like to support Alan and JCW on this. I accompanied these excellent craft round the UK back in 2001 and was able to appreciaqte them at close hand.
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Old 05 March 2005, 14:48   #10
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Try dropping a Bombard from a crane like Ribcraft did and you will sonn have your answer!
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