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Old 30 August 2013, 14:57   #11
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Perhaps you could consider a Highfield classic 360 or 380. Max HP 25.
I'll try to write up something with some pictures over the next few days.
360 weighs about 70 kg.
Like the look of the Highfields.Is the classic an open deck ?
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Hi, The Classic is an open deck though for the 360 and 380 there is supposed to be a tubular console for it. For this size of boat I did not want a console as they take up too much room. In some respects I think it have more useful internal space than a 4.5 rib with console would have.

It is very much like a solid hull inflatable in manys ways, whereas large rib seem to be hard boats with an inflatable cushion around them. I say this as larger ribs when on the plane seem to have the tubes off the water and deeper hulls.

The difference between this and a ply floor inflatable if that it is deeper inside which makes it feel safer.
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Hi, The Classic is an open deck though for the 360 and 380 there is supposed to be a tubular console for it. For this size of boat I did not want a console as they take up too much room. In some respects I think it have more useful internal space than a 4.5 rib with console would have.

It is very much like a solid hull inflatable in manys ways, whereas large rib seem to be hard boats with an inflatable cushion around them. I say this as larger ribs when on the plane seem to have the tubes off the water and deeper hulls.

The difference between this and a ply floor inflatable if that it is deeper inside which makes it feel safer.
Thanks, I want an open deck for the same reasons you describe.Will go and have a look at them at the boat show.
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Old 07 September 2013, 06:40   #14
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Hi everyone, now been to see a lot of small ribs and I think I have made a decision. I really liked the ribs from the small quality UK builders, but they were all so well made they were too heavy to lift and they also took long shafts.

After a lot of searching I have found a Seapro 360, it takes a short shaft motor, but even better will take a 40hp maximum. It also weighs about 80kg, which allows 2 of us to lift it onto the camper.

BRAND NEW 12 ft rib for sale Seapro 360 TENDER 3.6m RIB 12ft boat outboard sail | eBay

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I know there are very few in the country, but has anyone got any thoughts on the Seapro's ?
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So, early Chinese Seapro's had issues, new Turkish Seapro's are better. BH seem to stand by their products.

I will go and have a chat with BH, but the 3 year warranty should take any risk out of it.
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So, early Chinese Seapro's had issues, new Turkish Seapro's are better. BH seem to stand by their products.

I will go and have a chat with BH, but the 3 year warranty should take any risk out of it.
I thought that they are made in Egypt.

The seapro sibs look okay for the money and lets face it I guess that most sibs are made in China anyways, but,,,, I would not buy a seapro rib

BTW the Egyptian one I had as a replacement the transom cracked while trimming the engine down. Your call
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I thought that they are made in Egypt.
You are right. Not Turkish. Two companies make decent sibs and ribs in Turkey, Asimarin (Joker) and Northstar.
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You are right. Not Turkish. Two companies make decent sibs and ribs in Turkey, Asimarin (Joker) and Northstar.
Thank you burak, I have found their website

This is where BH Marine get there seapros from.


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