Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 22 April 2006, 17:12   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Axminster
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3
Ribtec Freeway

I'm looking to buy a rib and have been offered a Ribtec Freeway with a 90hp Honda motor but I have no idea if they are any good.

I only want it for taking the kids out to beaches and pulling a donut etc but I have seen some comments in the forum that say that they are not great boats. Does anyone know why or will I be okay??
__________________

__________________
Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 April 2006, 17:40   #2
Member
 
Richard B's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Devon
Boat name: White Ice
Make: Ranieri
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzuki 115hp
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 5,015
Hi Walter!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Walter
Ribtec Freeway with a 90hp Honda motor but I have no idea if they are any good.
IMVHO they're not great, but them my requirements are very different form yours. I'm only interested in performance offshore RIBs, and towing donuts is of no interest to me!
If you like the layout, then go for it. Ribtecs have a reputation for quality build, and their simple but effective hull design is good for small hulls (ie under 6.5m). The Airfoil A-frame is probably useless! And a 5.5m won't seat 8
Honda 90s are reliable as far as I know, although they are vulnerable to water entering the low exhaust port like many other Honda outboards. Performance isn't great, but then you wouldn't buy a Honda outboard if performance was top of your list.

Anyway, welcome to RIBnet.
__________________

Richard B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 April 2006, 04:23   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Axminster
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3
Thanks Richard.

This boat is at a dealer just up the road from me he sold it new to its current owner in 2002 and it's the only one I have looked at. Have you got any suggestions for alternative boats or do you know where I shoud look. I've got about 11k to spend.

W
__________________
Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 April 2006, 04:36   #4
ADS
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset
Length: 4m +
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,410
www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk

or go down to JBT Marine, www.ribsforsale.com, they are very helpful and have a big selection of boats that should give you a feel for the different types and what 11k buys you.
__________________
ADS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 April 2006, 05:46   #5
ADS
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset
Length: 4m +
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,410
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F96752
engines abit old tech but very nice boat.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F89950
not for me but well built boats if your into that sort of thing.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F96208
Nice! Good boats the Ospreys

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F94221
Looks like one of Jonos, cheap for a new boat, Humbers are well built boats.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F73917
this is probably the freeway your referring to, get rid of that Evo 6 spoiler, looks abit max power

Should be able to get a nice rib for 11k, lots about,
__________________
ADS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 April 2006, 06:08   #6
Now back to being Mollers!
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Arundel
Boat name: Mike Bravo 1
Make: Scorp
Length: 9m +
Engine: Yanmar 300
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 652
To my mind the freeway is a big yacht tender rather than out and out rib. It's difficult to know what your ultimate requirements will be being new to ribbing. It would be a bind to have splashed out 11k and then wish you'd bought something different. However, I'd go for a little more rugged rib. It'll do the same job with probably more seats, space and less plastic to break or bash your knees on. I'd keep it less than 6m as this will stretch your budget a little further. You've definitely done the right thing by 'running it over' the guys on this site.
__________________
Alice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 April 2006, 08:46   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Axminster
Length: 5m +
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3
Thanks everyone this has been very helpful.

Walter
__________________
Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23 April 2006, 18:15   #8
Member
 
Country: UK - Wales
Town: Southampton
Boat name: DynaMoHumm/ SRV/deja
Make: Avon8.4, 5.4 & 4.777
Length: 8m +
Engine: Cat3126 Yam 90 &70
MMSI: 42
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 6,556
Quote:
Originally Posted by ADS
www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk

or go down to JBT Marine, www.ribsforsale.com, they are very helpful and have a big selection of boats that should give you a feel for the different types and what 11k buys you.

you after the 500 kwid finders fee!
__________________
Here it comes again, I don't stand a chance
Soul possession, Got me in a trance
Pullin' me back to you - Deja Voodoo
Rogue Wave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24 April 2006, 09:40   #9
ADS
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Dorset
Length: 4m +
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rogue Wave
you after the 500 kwid finders fee!

I genuinely didn't know there was one, but im only a poor student so if its goin.....
I actually thought it was a good place to look at a variety of different ribs, to narrow down the search before hunting down a good second hand deal, in retrospect RIBex or the Sports boat and Rib show might have been a better bet
__________________

__________________
ADS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:36.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.