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Old 09 August 2013, 06:34   #31
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i wouldn't rule out redbay, if you can afford a new RC then your in redbay territory. i called them and they were great, said come over, pick me up from ferry and go test some boats.

i think it is clear there are 2 ribcraft experiences- pre and post olympics.

Whether you think customer service is important or not doesn't really matter, if they won't give you a quote then you can't buy it in the first place. i don't know about others but if your throwing out serious money then i want to feel they want it. doesn't mean i would buy something i didn't want on based on sales service but there are enough good makers out there to go somewhere else who shows interest IMO.

anyway, out of the 2 boats listed i would still buy the RC to show the above hasn't changed my mind.

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Old 09 August 2013, 07:21   #32
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I've taken my Ribeye A600 around Ireland last week, three days were force 6-7 covering 130 miles per day. Never missed a beat and handled greatly.

She is based in exmouth and is set up for offshore use. More than welcome to come and have a spin, she is being put up for sale later this month.
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Old 09 August 2013, 07:41   #33
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My RC 585 was a fantastic boat - very stable for diving and handled big seas well. The service was always good as well. They turned around fitting an extra jockey seat pod to her in less than a week from asking. That was late last year when I sold her and the buyer needed the extra seat.
My latest boat is one of the Olympic 7.8s with quite a lot added or changed. Delivery was 4 weeks later than originally planned as they were just so busy. That was fine as they kept me informed throughout and I rather it was a little delayed than rushed and build quality suffered.
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Old 09 August 2013, 08:30   #34
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I think RC has injection moulding now so the later ones should be absolutely excellent in terms of finish and quality. Don't get me wrong the older ones are great too.

My only comments would be that the SS back rests could be a lot more robust and also check the deck around the inside of the deck hatch for water ingress as some were not sealed. I don't want to open a can of worms with this as my one is perfect but if you are buying secondhand then you need to check this out.

What's your budget? You can buy mine if you like
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Old 09 August 2013, 08:40   #35
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Lots of passionate arguments here- which is good, shows that most of us are very happy with our individual choices of boat.

We won't answer the question here - I think the message is go and try some of the boats you're thinking of buying, and go with your own judgement on which boat the and company / people you're dealing with meets your needs / you feel most comfortable with.
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Old 09 August 2013, 09:35   #36
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If it helps I made a list of 3 ribs, Osprey, Parker and Ribcraft all around 6m, then I tested them all, 2 tests were done via very helpful Ribnet members

I then started to look for the ribs for sale, with a young family seating was important for us, also age and engine economy but with good power too.

Having 3 possible ribs kept my options open and I was able to find all three secondhand.

I then bought the best one which wasn't the cheapest but clearly stood out and the decision was an easy one
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Old 09 August 2013, 10:09   #37
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I've taken my Ribeye A600 around Ireland last week, three days were force 6-7 covering 130 miles per day. Never missed a beat and handled greatly.
I thought you got towed in by a lifeboat then did one of the legs on a trailer. Did I get that wrong?
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Old 09 August 2013, 11:39   #38
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I thought you got towed in by a lifeboat then did one of the legs on a trailer. Did I get that wrong?
......??... AND its For Sale
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Old 09 August 2013, 11:47   #39
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Didnt like the Ribeye then,? you only kept it 3 weeks!! perhaps you should look closer to home Mr Swan Linley and buy a Ribcraft!

Not a good advert for Ribeye for you to be floggin it so soon!
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Old 09 August 2013, 12:34   #40
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At the risk of having some rib related contract put on me by the anti ribeye liberation front. I have a ribeye 600 . Yes I love it. Yes I think it is a good sea boat. Yes it has good seating at least for us- young family and occasionally friends with 1 or 2 kids. No it's not the only rib I've ever been on. Yes I chose it after testing. Yes I think the finnish and build and rigging is quite good . Yes it is a South African import hull and tubes. Yes I think they also have waves their so the hull is rather capable. No I don't have a bad word to say about the many other good options. Enjoy whatever you chose.
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