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Old 18 May 2006, 17:12   #11
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so nothing ever too bad.
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I will be taking it off the West Coast of Ireland. Maybe 10 miles



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The ribcraft is actually 2004, the Prosport is 2004
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Yep, you're definitely Irish

Maybe the original seats have already fell out of the Prosport. Those look like Outhill jockeys to me.

It would be the Ribcraft for me.

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Sherlock also deduces that if it's the Prosports owners normal practice to moor up like that, the nose will be in less than pristine condition.

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Old 18 May 2006, 17:28   #13
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Sorry guys,
let me clear things up!

Ribcraft is 2002, Procraft is 2004
The owner of the Procraft said he got the seats put in when he got the boat made up at the start of 2005

Both trailers are in brilliant condition. Single axle braked trailers.

Would the Prosport handle much better in a swell than the Ribcraft 530?

The Ribcraft also comes with a SS prop, its not a big deal but still 200 if I was to buy one for the Procraft... Decisions Decisions.

I currently own a Lencraft 5.5m and bought it new in 2001 with a Yamaha 75HP. Going for the Ribcraft seems crazy because its ever so slightly shorter!
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i would personally go for the ribcraft, a better boat in my opinion. it is a hard decision though because i would prefer to have ths suzuki over the mariner. but thats life cant have everything.....go for the ribcraft, you can be suprised how well many 5mtr boats handle in the rough (not all), and ribcraft has a good hull underneath it. im not a fan of the prosports, seems a lighter construction to me. so a better hull like the ribcraft will outweigh the extra length of the prosport.....back to engines, the mariner isnt a bad engine, just the suzuki is better......as has been said earlier, dont rush things, and it would be better if you could trial the two boats to make a comparison for yourself!!!!! hope it goes well!
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Going for the Ribcraft seems crazy because its ever so slightly shorter!
Try it. They're a great little boat.

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Would the Prosport handle much better in a swell than the Ribcraft 530?
In theory, a longer boat should handle better but in practice it depends on hull design and boat balance/set-up.

I don't agree with No Fears statement that the Suzuki is a better engine. It's a good engine and smoother than the Mariner but, in my opinion, not as robust.

The backrests of those Outhill seats have a habit of falling off as well.

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Guys,
I'm going to ring both parties tomorrow. The owner of the Ribcraft said that there is someone coming to look at it on Saturday. I'm not going to rush into it actually... Theres plenty of RIB's on the market.

Personally I feel the Ribcraft looks like a more robust boat than the ProCraft. I'm finished my exams tomorrow (I'm only a wee college lad) so I can think about over the weekend and jump on the Ferry Tuesday and try both of them out.

I think the sea trial will really be the decider.

So does anyone have any experience with Mariner engines? Are they reliable once taken care of? Any crazy stories about them? Are parts as easy to find as Suzuki?
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So does anyone have any experience with Mariner engines?
Yes, the 4strokes are not bad, is it an EFI or a carb 4stroke though?

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Are they reliable once taken care of?
A generalisation but very few 'new' outboards are unreliable these days and alot of large organisations such as the army use Mariners, I would have one.

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Any crazy stories about them? Are parts as easy to find as Suzuki?
More crazy stories about Prosports I would think the parts are easy to get hold of than Suzuki's in my experience, although my Suzuki was 2stroke.

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I currently own a Lencraft 5.5m and bought it new in 2001 with a Yamaha 75HP. Going for the Ribcraft seems crazy because its ever so slightly shorter!
Do you just fancy a change? Im not sure these two that you are looking at are going to be much different to your current boat.
My choice would be the Ribcraft, although I think I have spotted the boats you are looking at on boatsandoutboards, so for that money I would try and look out for a 5.85m Ribcraft
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Thanks for the advise.

Are Prosport really that bad? I just like the look of the boat, although I would imagine the blue hull being harder to maintain if I ever chipped it.

I can incrase my budget to about 15-16000

I was looking at a lovely Ribcraft 585 with a Honda 90 4Stroke, and others with anything upto a 140.... Would the 585 be sluggish with a 90 4Stroke?

From all of your suggestions, the Ribcraft seems to be the better choice. Do you think I should wait and get a Ribcraft 585?
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