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Old 07 October 2002, 04:17   #1
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rookie requires direction in RIB purchase

Any one give some advice / direction please. I am looking for an all round leisure RIB with good sea going qualities and, like looking at stereos etc, find myself looking at bigger and better outfits that are fast becoming unmanageable from a towing point of view and a massive burden on the cash flow!! The outfit would be used mainly in the Solent area but I would want to be able to tow distance (Volvo 850) regularly. I have recently sold a 18' 135HP Bayliner bowrider sportspoat (family wanted the comfort of the 'enclosed' cockpit / canvass, nice but impractical seats etc.) as it proved impractical in anything other than flatish water and now want an something with an upright console (preferably double) with jockey seats with all accepting they will get wet if the weather changes!! What I need to know is what is the smallest craft / engine size I should be considering if I want to get out and have fun on the water in say up to a 4/5 with lumpy water. Any suggestions gratefully accepted
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Old 07 October 2002, 05:12   #2
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Now I could be accused of bias here, but you can have a lot of fun in a 3.4m SIB with a 15hp engine.

I can tell you that it will stand up to the rough stuff better than the Bayliner.

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Old 07 October 2002, 05:50   #3
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Keith,

He doen't want to transpose the length (18') with your engine power (15).
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Old 07 October 2002, 05:52   #4
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I've seen a 60 foot long boat with a 15 hp engine. Mind you it was on a canal!

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Mike,

Lots of advice to be had here - suggest you trawl through the forums for a perspective on just about anything to do with Ribbing. If your choice is being driven by tow car then you are looking for something around the 5.5 - 6.5m mark I'd say. I used to have a 6.5m and towed/launched with a Mundano estate. Good boats in this range would Ribcraft 585 ,Humber 6.3 or Avon 6.2 Lots of owners of said craft here.

You've found out that sportsboats with bucket seats are no use in a chop so look for a RIB with proper jockey seats you'll be sorted!

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Old 07 October 2002, 15:04   #6
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Mike you are welcome to come and talk to us and have ago in our tree Ribs, we will take you out on them if you want and that might help you. I'd appreciate a contribution for fuel but other than that it's all for free.

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Tempting thought John but I'll be in Weymouth for the BIBOA p*ss up! (By car unfortunately )

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Wavehumper - What are tree ribs? - are they wooden hulled?

Mike - We upgraded from a small fun boat to a 5.85m Ribcraft earlier this year. We have had great fun trying out various locations around the south/south west this summer. This is the advantage of trailering the boat - you can take it places! - We've launched at a different slipway every weekend - so much to see too little time....

We are building up our experience - its my wifes first boat - so at the moment we are staying in sight of land! next tear though......

Geoff - from boatlaunch recently went over to France in his 5.85 - so boats this size are quite capeable of crossing the channel.

Plenty of websites for you to have a look at! - Plenty of pics in the gallery...

I would say if you are thinking of going out in the rough stuff Jockey seats are a must. I took my cousin out in the Solent at the weekendfor the first time. When he got on the boat he said "Why does it have these funny seats" - After jumping over the wake of a few ferries and such like he understood!

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