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Old 24 October 2006, 18:22   #11
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Town: Reading, Hants
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well the ribcraft 585 looks a superb boat so i doubt you can go far wrong with one of those.

the ribcraft will be a slightly softer ride by all accounts. the osprey will be a heavier build and a softer ride still than either the solent or the ribcraft and will ride slightly different and seem more planted i suspect.

but as everyone will say, they are all good boats and depends what sort of ride you want

If you can stretch your budget to a 6.5 that would be good but go for the biggest engine you can, min suz 140 but perhaps a 150 budget allowing.

will be worth it for the grin factor.

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Old 24 October 2006, 18:22   #12
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Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
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Yes, the one on show really was bad - it looked like the hull was laid up in a bit of a rush! The mould had obviously been dammed with the transom section and the attention to the fillet was dreadful - all rounded and rough. The flanges were also rough as hell and the gelcoat was full of blotches, indentations and chips. Not the sort of quality you'd expect on a show model

I know there have been a few dodgy Humbers around in the past, but I think they have improved a lot recently.

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Old 25 October 2006, 13:10   #13
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Both are great boats but we can recommend Solent on personal (happy) experience and it was a great bespoke effort by Lee & co.

Kathleen & Paul
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Old 25 October 2006, 16:58   #14
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Matt, the Boats and Outboards Magazine in Smiths at the moment have this for £16950. If the price is correct thats an awful lot of boat for the money. Belongs to Ozz on here, and should be a consideration.

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Old 26 October 2006, 01:25   #15
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Boat name: Amean/Pronto/Rumbo
Make: Solent Rib Princess
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My Solent is for sale 6.9 with 150 opti to include a new trailer £18750 ONO must go as new one is being built .
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