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Old 20 September 2005, 06:09   #1
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RIBS at SIBS

Went to SIBS on Sunday to test the Ribeye 600 Playtime and 650 Sport. Liked both but thought the 600 would suit me nicely - don't want huge performance, just want to have some fun, cart my parents and dog about and nip around the solent (I live on the IOW). RIB will be kept on a pontoon in the marina.

Question is, what other RIBS similar to 600 should I look at? I really liked the Yamaha engines which were very smooth and quiet and favour the seating layout of small bow sunpad, seat on front of console, 2 single jockey seats and confortable rear bench seat with a bit of space between jockeys and bench. Guy on Revenger stand told me Ribeye was unsuitable for leaving on pontoon as it is not self-draining like his RIBS are - is this an issue I should consider? I live very near to marina, well everyone on the IOW does!

He also said E-Tecs were the best thing since sliced bread, never need servicing and only have 3 moving parts so never break down!

Advice greatly appreciated oh knowledgeable ones!
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Old 20 September 2005, 06:38   #2
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E-Tecs... never need servicing and only have 3 moving parts so never break down!
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Old 20 September 2005, 07:04   #3
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Question is, what other RIBS similar to 600 should I look at? I really liked the Yamaha engines which were very smooth and quiet
Yup very nice engines.
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and favour the seating layout of small bow sunpad, seat on front of console, 2 single jockey seats and confortable rear bench seat with a bit of space between jockeys and bench
This sounds like Merlin a rather nice Solent 6.5m click here Merlin
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Guy on Revenger stand told me Ribeye was unsuitable for leaving on pontoon as it is not self-draining like his RIBS are -
ho hmm, don't believe a word of it and if Revenger have to resort to "dissing" the opposition walk away.
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He also said E-Tecs were the best thing since sliced bread, never need servicing and only have 3 moving parts so never break down!
Ask him to put that it writing, an engine that never breaks down backed up by an everlasting guarrantee would be worth a fortune, especailly if he would be willing to personally guarantee it with his house

Lot of boats it that size range, your problem is being spoilt for choice, take time and have a good look around.

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Guy on Revenger stand told me Ribeye was unsuitable for leaving on pontoon as it is not self-draining like his RIBS are - is this an issue I should consider?
Say what???

I can't imagine any RIB (or SIB) not being self draining!
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Old 20 September 2005, 09:51   #5
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Say what???

I can't imagine any RIB (or SIB) not being self draining!

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Old 20 September 2005, 10:14   #6
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Don't understand the non-self draining comment.

I leave my Ribeye on a pontoon and it has a bilge pump that does the job to keep it dry.
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Don't understand the non-self draining comment.

I leave my Ribeye on a pontoon and it has a bilge pump that does the job to keep it dry.
Then it is not "self draining" then! The water dose not run off the deck but has to be pumped out!
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Don't understand the non-self draining comment.

I leave my Ribeye on a pontoon and it has a bilge pump that does the job to keep it dry.
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OK - so self-draining means without a pump and not means it has a pump!

Will it make any difference which type I buy to keep in a marina a couple of miles from my house?
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Better to keep the water out in the first place if you can. What about investing in a good cover and protecting your tubes from the sun at the same time?
The problem with pumps and any electrical device is that they can work well, but they can also fail to work, fail to stop and flatten the battery Etc...
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