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Old 17 February 2011, 18:40   #21
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Yes, but watersidematt is looking to buy this year... not 2020!
Oh so that's another vote for the SR4.7 then? What with Ribcraft having secured the olympics contract I guess their build times are currently a little longer than usual. Must say though, would seem a little pessimistic to expect them to take eight years to catch up the backlog!
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Old 17 February 2011, 19:02   #22
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Avon 4.7
Ribcraft 4.8
XS 460/500
Humber Assault 4.7

Engines is another thing but thats for another time!
I bought a new RIBcraft 4.8m commercial last year after selling my Zodiac Pro. It had a shallow V hull and I spent more time airborne with heavy landings in anything other than a moderate sea. I was looking for something <18' feet (to garage and tow), hypalon tubes, a decent proven hull and a quality of finish that would be robust enough to withstand general wear and tear over the years.

I initially looked at a Humber Destroyer 5.0m (2.1m width), but revised my search to a RIBcraft 4.8m or a Ribquest 4.8m as I was worried about fitting the damn thing in the garage!

I visited Ribquest and met Dave Rose (in Sheffield) and was impressed with the level of care and attention that goes into his boats. However, such a solid construction ends up making it a little on the heavy side, and a decent sized engine (60-80hp) is required, depending on use, crew, etc. Also, Ribquest are really in the market for a buyer who buys all the bells and whistles.

Onto RIBcraft. After a bit of hassle in the beginning, I've ended up with a boat that I'm delighted with. I'm not one of their typical 'new-boat buyers', as it was a fairly basic build, with no engine rigging, A-frame or electronic gizmos as budget was extremely tight. However I did go for extra wear patches, internal grab handles, pressure release valves, double-jockey console/screen and integral fuel filter connected to 2x (25 litre tanks). Engine choice was a mint Twatsoo 60hp (2-stroke) that will be tweaked to 70hp. At 115kg, it's a great power-to-weight ratio. Other alternatives (if I had the cash) would have been a new Yamaha F60, or the ludicrously priced Yamaha F70, although, it's for the dress-white brigade at Cannes!

Any other info - then let me know.
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Old 17 February 2011, 19:39   #23
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Apologies if my earlier post sounded a little disparaging towards the Ribcraft 4.8. They are a very well made and capable RIB. They give a comfortable ride, but IMO the Searider 4.7 is more capable in the ruff, due to a deeper vee hull. Much more chance of finding a used Ribcraft though and they have some nice touches, such as a below deck anchor locker, below deck ducting for services, an optional below deck fuel tank and a range of different consoles. The SR4.7 is much more spartan in standard guise and factory options are virtually non-existent.
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Old 17 February 2011, 19:45   #24
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Old 18 February 2011, 03:10   #25
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Apologies if my earlier post sounded a little disparaging towards the Ribcraft 4.8. They are a very well made and capable RIB. They give a comfortable ride,
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The SR4.7 is much more spartan in standard guise and factory options are virtually non-existent.
The choice of the RN and Special Forces... not much need for 'factory-options' when you're being strafed on a beach-head somewhere!
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Old 19 February 2011, 10:07   #27
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Whats the difference between the humber's?

Destroyer 5m
Ocean Pro 5m/2m.beam
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Old 19 February 2011, 12:15   #28
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the destroyers have the wider beam over the 2.0 metre beam ocean pros.30cm does not sound a lot but believe me it is!!! My assault had a 2.0m beam and looks and felt tiny in comparison.The destroyer feels a much more seworthy boat and is of course more spacious for fishing(i go piking up loch ken and over wrecks).The ocean pro range has more of racing hull i believe with more chines.(apparantly can be twitch at higher speeds)Would highly recommend a 5m destroyer if my 5.3 would be to large.You will be very impressed with the destroyer range.I could launch and recover mine by myself,although two is ideal.

If you are interested in mine i can easily take you out in it,(then you will buy it,lol!!!)
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Quite like the looks of the 5m humber but what engine set up would be good for the boat and our needs and how much heavyer/harder to launch is is compared to the 4.7 searider/4.8 ribcraft etc.

Ideally we need to go out and see some boats in the flesh but if we can get 2-3 ribs as definate contenders i think we are away.
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Whats the difference between the humber's?

Destroyer 5m
Ocean Pro 5m/2m.beam
One is a little less shite than the other.
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