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Old 07 April 2006, 05:15   #1
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Seaworthiness!

Hiya all,
been swatting up on a suitable boat, and i really want something that can take pretty much anything the weather throws at it, deep hull, quite a high nose, plus in the 5-6m bracket. Seen quite a lot of variation, but my current favourite is the 535 ribcraft, any other recommendations?
Looking for outboard, two smaller twin engines i.e twin 40's or 50's
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Old 07 April 2006, 06:14   #2
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The ribtec 585 is a very nice seaworthy boat. Much more space than the 535.
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Old 07 April 2006, 06:23   #3
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Did you mean Ribcraft 5.85 - they do a 5.3 and a 5.85 but not a 5.35

If you did mean the Ribcraft 585 then its a fantastic boat

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Was there a reason for twin 40s ? if not how about something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-3-M-RIB_W0QQ...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 07 April 2006, 08:22   #5
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i owuld consider humbers, notably either a destroyer or ocean pro, i admit im biased because we own one, but absolutely love the boat, and enspires shed loads of confidence offshore!!! you have a budget?
if buying new, there (in my opinion) isnt a boat which comes close to a humber when you talk in terms of capability, robustness, price and offshore capability! certainly worth considering!
the 585 is a great boat though, and you wouldnt be dissapointed!
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Yeah some nice toys!
I do have a budget, but i was looking at lower end, as i like to tinker and am quite happy to do some work if needed to get it up to scratch.
The ebay boat is nice, but its just outside my budget, although less would need to be spent on it, since its good condition.
Have been looking at the Humber destroyers, and ocean pro. They look like just what i want, but again sadly outside current budget. Maybe if i flog this mariner 40 thats sitting in my garage, i'll be able to afford it!! Jimmy
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Also the idea was 2 engines, as if going offshore etc and one seriously buggers up, then i could get back. As my budget doesnt stretch to a brand new verado or something similar!
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Ah, sounds like you need a nice project then:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-5mt-Osprey-R...QQcmdZViewItem

This is an Osprey 18, predessor to the 5.2m Sparrowhawk, so 1987 - 1990 ish.
It should be cheap and since you have a Mariner 40 hp already ...... also its in Sarfhampton I would go and have a look, with cash, to end it early. Its been for sale for a year by the way

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Just Starting - Ribbing !

I am about to invest for the first time in a RIB. I am looking at a Lencraft 5m with 40hp Mariner 2 stroke, it is in excellent condition. Engine ex RNLI - 12 MTHS, boat about 3 yrs old. I plan to use it for some off shore cruising along the south west coast of Ireland. Will also get my 2 young sons 13 & 16 trained to use it as well. Would like to hear if you think this would be ideal, in particular the engine size. Will also plan to pull some toys. First step, what do you think ?
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40hp on a 5m with three people and toys sounds a bit underpowered to me. I have a 4.1m with Mariner 40 and thats fairly slow even with just 2 up. Whats the max engine for the boat? Something like a 75hp might be more suitable if the boat can take it.
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