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Old 24 September 2005, 16:58   #31
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I found the 5.5m Ribeye pretty good on my course - it handled well and landed quite softly - was very wet but then they were BIG waves!!!

The instructor has had no real trouble with the boat - still looks like new after 2 yrs hard use - he said on probs were the electrics - wiring was a joke he said!!!
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Old 24 September 2005, 17:00   #32
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I think they are aimed at punters and they are the Hyundai Coupe of the rib world!

I have always had to work hard for my money ( apart from the 10 years in IT) and I don't like buying a product that I think won't hold it's value in proportion to the competiton. I believe that to be one of Ribeyes shortcomings.
You might be right about the Hyundai bit, but that sounds about right for a first boat - I didn't pass my driving test in a Ferrari!

I also work hard for my money but as with cars, I won't buy a dull Merc for the resale value when I really want an Alfa Romeo!

Build quality seemed good to me compared with the others i looked at. Asked Solent Ribs for a quote 2 weeks ago and am still waiting - they must have all the customers they need!

As I say, I'm certainly no expert and I will keep looking before i buy, but at the moment my criteria is most closely filled by the Ribeye, not least of which is that I only have to paddle a 100 yards across the medina from my pontoon to the dealer when it breaks!
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Old 24 September 2005, 17:06   #33
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I found the 5.5m Ribeye pretty good on my course - it handled well and landed quite softly - was very wet but then they were BIG waves!!!

The instructor has had no real trouble with the boat - still looks like new after 2 yrs hard use - he said on probs were the electrics - wiring was a joke he said!!!
I've only tried 4 or 5 makes of RIB but the Ribeye definitely had the softest ride, accurate light steering and I really liked the Yam engine - V. smooth and quiet compared to the Opti and ETEC I tried. All the well used ones i see round the island seem to last better than most. If the electrickery is a problem the dealer is only a hundred yards away on the other side of the river, so he can come and pick it up, sort it out and paddle it back!
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Old 24 September 2005, 17:20   #34
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Look in the gallery re powerboat level2 - you will see some pics of the beast!!!
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Old 25 September 2005, 06:00   #35
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Asked Solent Ribs for a quote 2 weeks ago and am still waiting - they must have all the customers they need!
Try asking XS-Ribs for a quote (www.xs-ribs.co.uk) You'll get one within a day or two and will be very pleasantly surprised. Great boats and top quality service from barnet marine. Plenty of threads on here about them. They are an up and coming UK company that are growing very quickly and would certainly be worth a look.
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Old 26 September 2005, 04:23   #36
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Try asking XS-Ribs for a quote (www.xs-ribs.co.uk) You'll get one within a day or two and will be very pleasantly surprised. Great boats and top quality service from barnet marine. Plenty of threads on here about them. They are an up and coming UK company that are growing very quickly and would certainly be worth a look.
Thanks - I'll take a look.
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Old 26 September 2005, 04:27   #37
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Highlight of the show for me were the Bananashark RIBs.

Thanks to Cookee for the spin in the leisure rib and the tour of the race boat.

Very impressive !!!!

Cheers

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Old 26 September 2005, 04:37   #38
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Had a look at XS-Ribs but they don't do the seating layout I want - 2 single jockeys then a gap and a low set rear bech seat for three against a fairly high transom plus a seat in the front of the console and a bow cushion. One of the reasons I favour the Ribeye is that they offer exactly the layout I want and many others don't seem to. If anyone knows any manufacturers who do my layout let me know, I'll be most grateful!
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Old 26 September 2005, 04:42   #39
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Dear Britemp,

You have made an excellent choice to but a Ribeye.

This is certainly not the Hyundai of Ribs as Rogue Wave suggests, but more the Aston Martin.
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Old 26 September 2005, 06:17   #40
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Ribeye seems to be a good choice for what you want and the plus factor by miles is having the exact layout you want. There is nothing worse than having to faff about trying to build things afterwards to what you really wanted. Sounds like you've made a very wise decision from the outset.

Hope you enjoy blatting about in it and still talk to us small ribbers






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