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Old 24 October 2006, 18:22   #11
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Country: UK - England
Town: Reading, Hants
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Make: Sealine F43
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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
Country: UK - Wales
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Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
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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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Make: Solent 6.5
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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
Happy New Resolutions!!! : RIBbing for the craic!!!
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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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Country: UK - England
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Boat name: Amean/Pronto/Rumbo
Make: Solent Rib Princess
Length: 7m +
Engine: 200hp Etec 260x 2
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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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