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Old 06 October 2005, 05:27   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: ramsgate
Boat name: Micki Dee Bee
Make: Ribcraft Seasafari
Length: 9m +
Engine: Twin 250hp Suzuki
MMSI: 235057235
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Ribcraft 585?

Am looking to buy of these at the mo.

Don't know the boat so am looking for some advice.
Best engine set up?
Pro's and con's?

All info would be a great help.
Many thanks in advance.


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Old 06 October 2005, 06:38   #2
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Pwllheli-North Wales
Boat name: Delta 1
Make: Delta
Length: 6m +
Engine: Mariner 90hp Optimax
Join Date: Mar 2001
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About the best RIB in its size, in my opinion.

Suzuki 140 4 stroke match's the boat well

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Old 06 October 2005, 06:45   #3
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Country: UK - England
Town: Newport IoW
Boat name: Amean/Pronto/Rumbo
Make: Solent Rib Princess
Length: 7m +
Engine: 200hp Etec 260x 2
MMSI: lots of them
Join Date: Sep 2003
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Have a look at the new Solent 585 coming into production could be one worth considering .
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Old 06 October 2005, 09:00   #4
Country: UK - England
Town: Hertfordshire
Boat name: Enfield Explorer
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 6m +
Engine: 2x115HP Optimax
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 67
Got one.

Very well built, good "handling".

Ours is underpowered (for a fully loaded divin rib) with a Yamaha 90.

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Old 06 October 2005, 09:29   #5
Country: Canada
Town: Newfoundland
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Talk to Bern Hanreck or JCW (Jason) who have one or Mike C who used to have one. Good hull, universally highly regarded for its size. I did PB2 in one many moons ago powered with 150hp 2 stroke. 150hp max and excellent performance. 135hp would be perfectly adequate performance, 90hp as has been posted poss. a bit underpowered. Actually thinking some more, you could ask Geoff (boatlaunch) who has/had one and has cruised pretty extensively.
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Old 06 October 2005, 10:05   #6
Country: UK - England
Town: Southampton
Boat name: Shaken Blue
Make: ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: outbord petrol
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we got a 5.3 ribcraft , never had any troubles , handles really well , built for deep seas in my opinion
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Old 06 October 2005, 10:44   #7
Country: UK - England
Town: Penzance
Boat name: Dark Angel
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5.85
Engine: Mariner 90HP Four Stroke
Join Date: Oct 2003
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I've got one with a Mariner 90 four stroke, If you are in Cornwall and fancy a trip give me a shout. I'm very pleased with it. Best to have a larger engine if it is to used fully loaded a lot.

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Old 06 October 2005, 11:18   #8
Country: UK - England
Town: Essex
Boat name: Inflatable
Make: Ribcraft & Zodiac
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suz F140,F6 & Yam F6
Join Date: Aug 2001
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Alan sums it up well. The 5.85 is a excellent Rib. Go for a 40 gallon tank and four Jockey seats and you have a good set up with a long cruising range. We have a 100 HP Yam 4 stroke on ours. At times you can do with more power, say a 150. However as an example on a trip to the Scilly islands we averaged 20 Knots as this was comfortable. So on an average day 100 HP is fine, just those calmer days you could do with a 140 /150 HP.

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Old 06 October 2005, 14:32   #9
Country: UK - England
Town: Cowes
Boat name: Tabby Cat
Make: Halmatic
Length: 7m +
Engine: 2 x Yamaha 115
Join Date: Jun 2004
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I had a 585 for 3.5 years and have been in some pretty severe weather in it. Always sure footed and comfortable. I had a 135 two stroke on mine which suited the hull well, with only having a little chine walk when trimmed out at about 40 knots.

I have now gone for a 7 meter which again is a very good boat, taken her in a force 8 without a worry.

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Old 06 October 2005, 15:19   #10
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Southampton
Boat name: DynaMoHumm/ SRV/deja
Make: Avon8.4, 5.4 & 4.777
Length: 8m +
Engine: Cat3126 Yam 90 &70
MMSI: 42
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the boats are xery well spoken for and well built. The 135'160 opti s a proven powerful and well behaved lump and the trade price is attractive. the Etecs are well spoken for but still newish but I am thinkig I might get one to replace the Opti.

Good thing about a Ribcraft is they seriously hold there resale value so you wont drop a huge amount when you come to sell it.

It is important to look at the length of the warranty on you engine cos they do break down and bits and mechanics are expensive. MercMariners are three years Etec are three years dunno about suzi and I think Yammies are a year ( but they are superb engines) Hondas are 5 years which might make them attractive

I seem to recall they are pretty beamy boats so you be able to fit twin 70s only one engine for me in that Power range and it aint a four stroke

However horse power aint cheap so the engine size is really down to what you want to use it for

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