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Old 16 February 2014, 15:02   #1
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After nearly buying a RIB a few years back currently have a 3 year old Bayliner 192 discovery but the flexibility and trailability of a RIB is really starting to appeal. My eldest has an increasing interest in dinghy sailing and a rib/sailing dinghy combination would work really well for us.

Would leave the RIB in a marina in North Wales, trail for weekends away/holidays and pull out for the winter. I am looking at a 6m RIB - any bigger and it would not fit on the marina budget berths and mean a significant rise in fees.

Now the question, my eldest is 10 and youngest 6. I don't want to start another thread about which Rib is best for families but am interested in what configurations people use with younger children. Like the idea of jockey seats but how can they be made to work with short legs (or cant they)?
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Old 16 February 2014, 15:05   #2
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Old 16 February 2014, 15:06   #3
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Seat belt straps....used as stirrups if legs aren't long enough to get the floor...
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..., my eldest is 10 and youngest 6. ... Like the idea of jockey seats but how can they be made to work with short legs (or cant they)?
My boy was 6 when we bought the Parker, the girl was 8. They sit in the jockeys, not touching the floor with the feet. They use the backseats and are kinda jammed in. The seats on the Parker are very tight, that in combo with winged backrest make it comfy AND safe. They even sleep in that position.
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Old 16 February 2014, 15:31   #5
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My eldest has an increasing interest in dinghy sailing and a rib/sailing dinghy combination would work really well for us.

Would leave the RIB in a marina in North Wales, trail for weekends away/holidays and pull out for the winter. I am looking at a 6m RIB - any bigger and it would not fit on the marina budget berths and mean a significant rise in fees.
If you are going to end up doing the "circuit" with him you may well want to be able to tow the RIB and a dinghy at the same time. If he's into Topper, Oppi or Tera then they will all car top. If he's into anything bigger you may want to put the boat above the RIB. The same applies if there might be multiple Toppers etc. While at the moment you might only be thinking of your own Son it would be common for parents to team up for the circuit so you may want to transport Son's friend's boat too... That makes the trailer pricey, but it also means you need to have supports that go up the sides of the sponson. So you may want to think about the width of the boat...
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Would leave the RIB in a marina in North Wales, trail for weekends away/holidays and pull out for the winter. I am looking at a 6m RIB - any bigger and it would not fit on the marina budget berths and mean a significant rise in fees.
Which marina are you looking at basing the RIB at?
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i have these MARINE STAINLESS STEEL FOLDING MAST STEP YACHT SAILING | eBay fitted to my rear console and used like motorcycle footpegs. gives kids so much more confidence, safety and enjoyment. they are really well made, and fold up out of the way easily and without rattling etc.
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Old 16 February 2014, 16:07   #8
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My boy was 6 when we bought the Parker, the girl was 8. They sit in the jockeys, not touching the floor with the feet. They use the backseats and are kinda jammed in. The seats on the Parker are very tight, that in combo with winged backrest make it comfy AND safe. They even sleep in that position.
I was thinking we might need to for a low bench (like on the ribeye 600) but the jockeys on that do look secure.
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i have these MARINE STAINLESS STEEL FOLDING MAST STEP YACHT SAILING | eBay fitted to my rear console and used like motorcycle footpegs. gives kids so much more confidence, safety and enjoyment. they are really well made, and fold up out of the way easily and without rattling etc.
That's is a great idea! Thanks for that suggestion! I think I could make this work with jockeys...
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Which marina are you looking at basing the RIB at?
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