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Old 21 August 2013, 05:06   #21
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No one will deny these are worth a look at, they are not 'pretty' boats but are sea worthy and for the price you're looking at you wont get both.


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Not every one does an exact 5.2 so look at anything from 5 - 5.5m, if you buy one of the more established brands and you get it wrong then you'll find it much easier to change later on.
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Old 21 August 2013, 05:07   #22
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Hi, my first was a 5.3 Humber Ocean Pro with (4 stroke) Mariner 90 - great boat, easy to handle but plenty of fun (easily over 40knts) and great in the Solent chop.

I haven't tried too many other brands but can certainly recommend something like this as a great boat. We wanted something that would be easy to manage/handle/look after but that would have lots of life in it as we got more experienced and it certainly ticked all the boxes very well. We are only selling it as we needed more space for small kids/grandparents.

Feel free to drop me a line if you want to know any more about this kind of boat in the Solent

New on here so hope this post doesn't count as blatant advertising or anything - just trying to offer an opinion on a type of boat.

http://www.kb-boatpark.co.uk/Humber_Ocean_Pro
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Old 21 August 2013, 05:23   #23
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Hey Chris. . Thanks for your response. . Last night I was outside the bridge pub near KB and discussed it with my GF.. lovely boat but prefer a different seating arrangement for now as kids are 6 and 8.... again many thanks for bringing this to my attention. . Am planning to use KB anyway.... only slight concern is that they dont flush engine but surely that's a minor point...
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Old 21 August 2013, 05:31   #24
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Hi, I missed the fact you had kids...I'm Hamble based so don't know KB's facilities that well but I presume there's hosepipe somewhere nearby that you could access.
If you need more seats then you may need to go a little bit bigger to get 4 jockeys or a small bench - we considered taking out the double jockey and putting a small bench in but used it as an excuse to buy a bigger boat instead!
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Old 21 August 2013, 05:40   #25
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Just need to overcome a garage door which is 2.13mtrs wide..:-)
Ribs generally come in three beam sizes: 2m, 2.3m & "the rest"

2m - fits through a standard garage door but does limit your seating somewhat.

2.3m - max you can legally tow in the UK without deflating the toobs. - the extra foot makes al lthe difference for side by side seating / wisde consoles etc.

"the rest" - tend to be big things you'll need a lorry to move anyway!


Also worth considering a "D" rubbing strake if you are reversing in & out a lot - it reduces your cleareance by a couple of inches, but when you miss (i.e hit the door frame!) it'll be worth it's weight......


Somewhere in a previous thread I posted a table of all the "garage door" friendly ribs I had found when I was looking. If you can't find it, post back. Some (e.g Humber O-Pro) come in 2 beam variants.
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Old 21 August 2013, 05:51   #26
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I have a Ribeye 6m & love it for family fun out in the Solent & down Devon way too.
Handles the chop well loads of seating & storage, good raised bow, not the best protection from the console!
Have not tried the 5 or 5.5m but if you can go to the 5.5 you get a bit extra deck space and the longer hull will help with the ride too.
They are given a hard time by some on here but hey horses for courses, plenty of people love them!
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Old 21 August 2013, 05:57   #27
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Hi Nick,
I recently traded up to a Ribeye 650 - might not be the most extreme rib you can get but certainly ticks all the boxes for family fun with enough in reserve for a good blast out without the kids. Very happy with it.
Likewise not tried the smaller versions but they should certainly be considered.
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Old 21 August 2013, 06:08   #28
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I suspect I will buy 2nd hand but I which is the best 5.2r is the question now :-)
That is a very specific size. Beware not all manufacturers brand their boats based on the same measurement! If it is to fit a garage lengthwise you will need to consider the trailer:

(1) Length of tongue at front (although you can get folding ones).
(2) Height of rollers / bunks to ensure the engine can go down (and you can get the engine over any angles/bumps on the way in/out when in the down position) - otherwise engine will add overhang.
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Old 21 August 2013, 06:23   #29
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2.3m - max you can legally tow in the UK without deflating the toobs. - the extra foot makes al lthe difference for side by side seating / wisde consoles etc.
2.55m now - Linky
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Hi HUIB1965,

Glad you're considering dry stacking with us. FYI the difference in price to keep a 5.2m boat with us all year (as opposed to taking it home and putting it in the garage for the winter) is less that 365 (inc vat). So, my advice is keep your garage space for other things. Then you don't have to worry so much about a specific length of boat.

By the way, if you want to flush your engine after every use, there are numerous free power and water points on site.

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