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Old 27 August 2003, 07:35   #11
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Hi Big A

Being a newbee to ribbing too i completely understand your dilema now, 11k of anyones money is a lot to part with, one other thing i considered when i went looking at boats is whats included in the sale, ie GPS, VHF, achor, wharps, nav lights, trailer spares, wheel lock, arials, A frame etc, if you buy new your gona have to look towards kitting the boat out yourself and although this can be an exciting adventure the true costs of fitting out a boat for sea are very high as i've found out, i paid only 1.8k for my 4.7 searider and have fitted it out completely and renervated a lot of the boat and i think i've now spent about 4.5k on the entire project, all the bits you dont think about do eventually add up, ok the boats exactly as i want it with the kit i want on board, the A frame was made to measure and the entire boat in a ready to go state fits into my standard size garage very well.

I know Ribcraft make very good boats, the 4.8 and the 5.85 are two very different beasts and i'd love to own a 5.85 myself and aspire to one day move up to this size of boat, you can still tow a 5.85 behind a 2 litre car fairly easy and if you pick your launch slips well should not have much problems with launching, as everyone else here has said the antifoul does not seem to be a problem and i'd think there was not that much wrong with a 5 year old Ribcraft unless its been seriously abused and that would show in other places, new boats are nice but they are not the be all and end all of boating.

Good luck

Richard
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Old 27 August 2003, 08:19   #12
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No question - secondhand and 5.85.

Secondhand - Let someone else pay the first year or two of depreciation.

5.85 - Great boat, I've got one. Everthing the guys above said is true. We're crossing to Herm on Friday, 90 miles-ish (weather permitting). I wouldn't even attempt that in a 4.8m.

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Old 27 August 2003, 08:34   #13
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Did you buy yours new or used then ?

Martin Stacey offered to come & view with me, but he is off to Herm with the rest of you !

If I buy this 585, I'll have to go back to collect in a week or two, so will post a new thread, & could perhaps arrange an outing early September (If the RIB prevention officer agrees !!!) if anyone is around.

Have a good trip to Herm all of you.
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Old 27 August 2003, 08:39   #14
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Had a word with my mechanic friend...

He doesn't want to do a survey, as not "up his street" really, but recommends speaking to Steve or Richard at Reddish Marine in Salcombe: http://www.reddish-marine.co.uk/

Hope this helps!
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Old 27 August 2003, 08:57   #15
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5.85 or 4.80 That is the question

Hi Big A

If you look up Ribald on here he owns a 4.8 Ribcraft.

Send him a pm I am sure he would give you a run out on his boat to compare the two boats.

I went down the secoundhand route because,
1. Not sure if I would keep my first boat for very long once gained a bit of experience.

2. Additional kit that came with it ( I recon I have saved over a grand on kit).

3. Resale value when I upgrade.

4. My own budget at the time.

5. Try not to buy with your heart (it is difficult) & use your own judgement.

For all the advice that is available as long as you are happy with your decision.

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Old 27 August 2003, 08:58   #16
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Thanks Richard, I will give them a call.
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Old 01 September 2003, 08:31   #17
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Hi Big A,

I have a Ribcraft 4.8, bought from new, and am very pleased with it. The question you have to answer is what are you going to do with it. For cruising, you definitely want the bigger boat.

Mainly I use mine with my small children around Christchurch Bay and the Isle of Wight, landing on beaches on so on. For this, there is some advantage in a smaller boat, since it's quite a bit lighter (check the specs), and man-handlable in the water. My kids wouldn't have the stamina anyway for longer trips, so for what I do, the smaller boat is fine.

I did accompany Jolly Sailor back into Portsmouth from the Needles a few weekends back. Mostly the other RIBs were much bigger, and I had quite a hard time keeping up through the Solent chop. I'd want a bigger boat to do that sort of thing regularly.

Hope that helps. I had a lot of fun choosing my boat - so enjoy this bit too.

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Old 01 September 2003, 11:46   #18
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Hi Simon

Thanks for your comments.

I've noticed your boat "Orca" on Ribcraft's 4.8 gallery - nice seating arrangement.

How old are your children, & how many can you fit on your 4.8 ?

My son is nearly 7, and my daughter is only 2 1/2 at present, & I would imagine I will be out on my own for the majority of the time for the first couple of years.

Anyhow, I'm still in the market for my 1'st RIB !!

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Hi Big A,

How did you get on with the trialling of the 585 on Friday?
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Old 01 September 2003, 17:21   #20
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Hi Big A (do you have a real name?)

My kids are now 3, 5 and 7 years old. Just coming to the end of the second season with Orca, so when we started they were just 2, 4, and 6. Generally I sit at the front, my wife at the back, and the kids in between, or one child in front of me if they want to drive. This is the advantage of lack of back rests (the disadvantage felt when going out by myself in rougher conditions).

The seat was a custom build - we sized it by balancing the family astride a plank of wood at home! It's 160cm long, and I've had two adults and 4 children (ages 6, 9, 9, and 12) along it. That was a squeeze, but seeing as it was blowing a force 6 at the time, we were glad of the resulting increased sense of security. With my smaller 3 and the wife there's loads of room.

If I were doing it again with the same scenario I would definitely buy the same boat. Later I will want a bigger one with more regular seating, when the children are old enough to hold on by themselves.

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