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Old 21 August 2013, 06:21   #31
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Thanks Steve. .. need boat first :-)

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Old 21 August 2013, 06:27   #32
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Seating style / layout is important if you're using it lots with children - I was not happy with them on a benchseat with little support at 7-8 years old, or double jockeys. I also wanted 2x2 seating for peace of mind if I'm out with just one of them I went for 4 x single jockeys on a RC5.3 - great boat, but it was a bespoke arrangement.

I think 5.2 is not a standard length - you're long at 4.8, 5, 5.3 upwards.

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Old 21 August 2013, 07:14   #33
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Hi Huib1965, I can vouch for the Ribeye as a good family friendly set up for around the Solent. I agree if you are planning on regularly hitting the rought stuff, then it may be worth paying more for a more robust Ribcraft etc. However, for mostly family friendly days out in f4/5 or less I find my 600 ideal at the price I see them for. A 500 or 550 would also be good, however they tend to have single jockeys instead of the double (singles only a problem if you want to take 4 adults out in some fun conditions). I actually think a rear bench is ideal for the kids, aslong as there is something to hold onto and you are helming considerately. I make sure an adult sits between them for safety. Obviously if you are bouncing around in a swell the jockeys are better, but not sure a 6/7 year olds legs are big enough to reach the floor anyway. Lots of choices, but I was in the same position as you and found the Ribeye was the best fit for size/requirements and cost. Just remember, all boats are a compromise in one way or another.
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Old 21 August 2013, 07:57   #34
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Originally Posted by Huib1965 View Post
Absolutely great point.... listening for months I guess between 5.2 and 6 is a better choice ....... re test ride... Piranha already told me they would take me out for one on a 6 mtr..... Just need to overcome a garage door which is 2.13mtrs wide..:-)
1. You were half correct re Piranha made in China. The earlier ones were but the newer larger ones are made in their commercial yard in Poland. Much stronger.

2. Nick and the guys at Piranha are very helpful and when we bought earlier this year to take to France they could not have done more.

Someone commented on big is best particularly for the Mrs. Well not if you are regularly launching it off a trailer. Dry stacking removes that issue.

One other thing I nearly bought a Ribtec off Thomas but Piranha offered me a hell of deal on a Boat Show ex demo model. However, I would have purchased off Thomas as he is straight and looks after his RIBs.

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