Originally Posted by Oscarguitar
Does anyone have experience of Shearwater Ribs. A good friend is thinking of getting one, probably the 8.6m. Any things to look out for, good years, engine configurations, electrics, seating etc.
Any advice much appreciated.
I got mine in 2007 and owned it till 2011. I had the first one they made ( on a 7.5m ring hull and a 200 opti on the back.
As has been said it is a very solid hull and boat in my opinion. I was quite happy to accept a harder ride than say a 7.5 ribcraft for the ability to get good shelter from the cabin/ console and to be able to get 50knts from what is never a light set up suited me well . I also loved the wrap around helm 'wings' for staying out of the worst of the weather, and on calm days with the helm seat down you are well out of the wind to behind the screen.
Oh and I think they have a very good look for such a practical boat. Me + Wife & 2 kids found we had plenty of room , but we had a very differant seating layout with no rear seats set low around the splashwell , but instead had a bench type seat .
I'm sure there are plenty of pics on here and would recommend a call to Jim @ bembridge outboards as he knows each boat very well and where it went / history etc .