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Old 01 September 2010, 17:44   #1
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RING 650 good or bad choice for cruising??

Hello all

Am new to this site and am looking to buy a decent cruising rib to use south coast and cross channel (brixham/guernsey)

I have been offered a Ring 650 with a 115 opti but do not know how well the hull handles the lumpy stuff.

Any ideas?

I have extensive sea miles but have never actually owned my own RIB so this would be first purchase and I need a Hull that works in ALL conditions

Thank you
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Old 03 September 2010, 00:20   #2
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rinig are very fast boats, look at the bottom and you will see lots of shape and angles. but as aresult they are slightly hard ride, comparable to some others.
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Hello all

Am new to this site and am looking to buy a decent cruising rib to use south coast and cross channel (brixham/guernsey)

I have been offered a Ring 650 with a 115 opti but do not know how well the hull handles the lumpy stuff.

Any ideas?

I have extensive sea miles but have never actually owned my own RIB so this would be first purchase and I need a Hull that works in ALL conditions

Thank you
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Old 03 September 2010, 20:18   #3
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Hello all

Am new to this site and am looking to buy a decent cruising rib to use south coast and cross channel (brixham/guernsey)

I have been offered a Ring 650 with a 115 opti but do not know how well the hull handles the lumpy stuff.

Any ideas?

I have extensive sea miles but have never actually owned my own RIB so this would be first purchase and I need a Hull that works in ALL conditions

Thank you
It'll do it but they are just not designed to do it as smoothly as say a ribcraft, but for the same power you will be going quicker in most seas, but with a harder ride . You can always slow down abit ?

I have run my 7.5 hull in most Solent conditions and its just a question of getting good on the throttle to keep it calm and make good progress.

How lumpy are you thinking ?
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Old 04 September 2010, 11:14   #4
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Thanks for the info

I would always look for a decent window and would not expect to cross in anything over a 4 but you know hox accurate the forcasters can be!!!!! so i would have to plan for up to a 6 i guess.
I would have no problem slowing down a bit but i have also been told that they are heavy and push a lot of water, hence increasing engine load? I am also considering kitting out my shakespeare 620 which i have sitting in the yard????
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Thanks for the info

i have also been told that they are heavy and push a lot of water, hence increasing engine load?
As gtflash said it is a performance hull and so gets on the plane a fair bit quicker than a lot of other designs and it definitely does does not 'push a lot of water'.

Unless it was a commercial spec build which I doubt a 6.5 would be they are not particularly heavy.

IMHO who ever gave the above advice is not that well informed on the 'Ring' make of boats.
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The only reason for heaviness is the quality of build. Several people who have worked mine have commented on this, but with a cabin and all sorts of kit mine is pretty quick for its power/weight.
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Sorry, the advice came from me. I'd been on what I was told was a Ring. Big black hefty thing that did not go quick at all. Looked very macho but went like a bulldozer.
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I'm confused, 'cos I tried a 6.5 metre Ring and thought that it rode the Solent very well. It did have a twin engine set up, so may have been a little heavier than other installations, but overall I liked it. Certainly not as 'crashy' as another local make at the same hull length.
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Hi again

Thanks for the info, did not mean to cause a problem just needed opinions more experienced than my own.

I have now decided to fit out the new shakespeare 620 that has been sitting in our yard, perhaps a less wise choice? I am not entierely sure.

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