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Old 19 August 2008, 17:21   #1
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Ribtec 5.85 opinions please

Just that really, looking at one later this week hopefully, any previous/current owners thoughts.
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Just that really, looking at one later this week hopefully, any previous/current owners thoughts.
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A brilliant boat that fetches a premium. I spent many hours hounding along beside Roy's and a few driving it and I reckon that a 5.8 Vipermax handles a bit of sea slightly better. Only my opinion, but i've also witnessed DHDai's Vmax in action at close quarters and consider it a little less front end light.
Having said that, both are superb boats.
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A brilliant boat that fetches a premium. I spent many hours hounding along beside Roy's .
No you didn't ya Knob, he had a RibCRAFT!
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No you didn't ya Knob, he had a RibCRAFT!
Oh yeah.
The RibTEC 585 is a load of crap!!!
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Just didn't fancy a Vipermax'n'all his mates have got one.
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Just didn't fancy a Vipermax'n'all his mates have got one.
True. Have you considered a Ribeye? Not so many of those.
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er, no actually, thanks....... mate.


So, RibTEC 5.85 anyone?
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Whose mates?
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I had a 585 for a couple of years. IMO it's a very competent and capable hull. Swapped the Mercury 2 stroke for a F115 Yamaha, changed steering from cable to hydraulic and then took it on some longish legs i.e Plymouth - Scillies, Southampton - Salcombe, and across to Cherbourg and St Vaast etc.

Only major fault that I found was water ingress between the hulls, which was not an issue on single day trips but did affect the handling if the boat had been left afloat for periods. If you were seatrialling one, this is an area that I would look at carefully, however manufacturer claimed to have rectified this problem with later models, I believe.

Caveat emptor obviously, but you could do a lot worse...
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ah, thanks Btb, boat won't be kept afloat so hopefully water ingress won't be a problem, it is one of the older models.
How did it perform with the 115?
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