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Old 21 September 2014, 16:56   #1
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Ribcraft 6.8

Does anyone on RIBnet own or use a Ribcraft 6.8 regularly? I'm looking for general opinions and rough engine/performance info.

I've currently got a 6.4/Suzuki DF175 on order, but I had quick ride in the 6.8 at the boat show and I'm tempted to stretch a bit further and get that instead with the new 4-cyl Suzuki DF200AP that was announced at the show.

thanks!
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Old 21 September 2014, 17:17   #2
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Old 21 September 2014, 17:35   #3
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Yep...Its a Great all round RIB...done plenty of miles in ALL conditions....and never found it wanting!
Just got back from a weekend in The Scillies leavening from Rock 140 miles+ And I'm still smiling!
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Old 21 September 2014, 17:55   #4
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Have a look at out blog of a Round Britain voyage exactly 3 years ago with a Ribcraft 6.8 + Suzuki 200 called Contentment, and my boat a Coastline 7m + Suzuki 175 called Teal. see Take Two Ribs on the left side of the home page are the voyage statistics, it only shows fuel consumption for Teal, however the Ribcraft consistantly used approx 15% more fuel throughout the trip - this will give you a good idea.

The Ribcraft went very well round the country, coping well with loads of bad weather & big seas, never missed a beat, exceptionally well made. My only critisim is that the steering is very heavy, trim seems to have no effect, I suspect the engine is mounted too low, but that's just my opinion.
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Have a look at out blog of a Round Britain voyage exactly 3 years ago with a Ribcraft 6.8 + Suzuki 200 called Contentment, and my boat a Coastline 7m + Suzuki 175 called Teal. see Take Two Ribs on the left side of the home page are the voyage statistics, it only shows fuel consumption for Teal, however the Ribcraft consistantly used approx 15% more fuel throughout the trip - this will give you a good idea.

The Ribcraft went very well round the country, coping well with loads of bad weather & big seas, never missed a beat, exceptionally well made. My only critisim is that the steering is very heavy, trim seems to have no effect, I suspect the engine is mounted too low, but that's just my opinion.
I enjoyed the Videos of your circumnavigation,certainly worth a look!
Concerning the steering..Defiantly a Rigging fault somewhere?...I have a 250 Suz,and it's absolutely fine,and easy to operate...
They are very well made Boats(Cat B) commercial spec with a heavy Lay up,and IMO after trying loads...do Benefit from a few extra Horses,the 6.8 hull in particular really come alive in the Rough Stuff!
Pikey Dave reckons the 6.3 is the last of the R.C small boats...the 6.8 the first of the Big!..He may very well be right....But don't tell I said that!..
You would defiantly find a fair bit if difference...and your very welcome to try mine anytime if you wish.
Had 49 knots with her one up coming into Rock at the weekend!
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They are excellent, our dive club rib is a dive version of the 6.8, it has a 175 Suzuki on it and the balance is perfect. Both Yamaha and now Suzuki have lightweight 200hp engines (Suzuki is a 200hp version of the 175hp 2.8litre)

Build quality is very good, attention to detail good, they worked hard with us to make a boat to fit our needs exactly and gave us good advice on what we could cut out of the spec to save money when they could easily have fleeced us.

Performance for what we use it for is superb, we have hydraulic steering, again excellent only gets heavy when the engine is trimmed right in. Its quite good on fuel we work on a litre a nautical mile wide open throttle is about 70litres an hour. We have our lowrance kit rigged to an engine interface.
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[QUOTE=DJL;646989]Does anyone on RIBnet own or use a Ribcraft 6.8 regularly? I'm looking for general opinions and rough engine/performance info.

I've currently got a 6.4/Suzuki DF175 on order, but I had quick ride in the 6.8 at the boat show and I'm tempted to stretch a bit further and get that instead with the new 4-cyl Suzuki DF200AP that was announced at the show.

thanks![/QUOTE
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Old 01 January 2015, 16:09   #8
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Thanks for all the info!

Ended up going for the new 6.4 (6.5m) hull and Suzuki DF175TG and took delivery a few weeks ago

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awesome, i see you also have a DJI phantom :-)

what sort of speed you getting? seems to fair lick along.

how you finding the fuel?

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Nice looking boat Daniel! Come a long way from that 4 meter tornado!

Sure you will have many happy hours! Prehaps meet up this year when we are back on the water.
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