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Old 20 August 2013, 08:21   #1
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Time for a Rib

Hi, I am new to Rib.Net and like to ask some advise on a Rib which me and my GF are planning to buy and keep in a drystack in Southsea Portsmouth... What we are looking for is a cruising/family RIB, Between 4.7-5.2 meters long with say a 4 stroke 60-90HP engine.... Budget max 12K with a view to try and dip this to 10.5K as a max ...Our main waters will be around the Solent and IOW area and defo not planning to Jump waves etc... Looked at various RIBS on the main websites and understand that buying a good "brand" of RIB and engine might be a safe bet..... Ribeye, Avon, Valiant seem to be my preferred boats.... Companies like Wolfrock, GHB Marnine, JBT have stock and some boats are sold quickly so also looked at Chinese made Piranha and X-pro's which seems a fiar deal even as a new package.... If anybody can give at advise on this that would be great !
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Old 20 August 2013, 10:07   #2
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Welcome to Ribnet!

It's worth using the search function on here if there's a specific "obscure" boat you need to find out about.

As has been said dozens of times - What works for me might not work for you, so if they are all at dealers, pick a lumpy water day & ask for a test run or two - what you actually end up buying may not match your original thoughts!, as "real life" out on the water can show up "features" that you won't notice in a showroom.
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Old 20 August 2013, 10:15   #3
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I just happen to have a boat that fits your requirements, a 2010 Avon with a 60hp efi Mariner, just put an ad on eBay - Item 171107721867
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Old 20 August 2013, 10:32   #4
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Hey Thanks for your kind advise.... @Thomas... Looks good... so what's the story here, why sell... Did you buy it from new etc .... txs guys
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I have a bigger one, tried desperately to hang onto it but the Mrs wants to use the garage for her car????

I've had it for about 18 months, got it from someone who bought it new to keep an eye on the kids sailing.

It's a well build boat with tough tubes, will do 33 knots with one person, on the flip side it's not going to be great when it's rough. It's the same boat as a Zodiac Pro 500 (Zodiac bought Avon).
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Thomas, thanks for your honesty here. I did my Level 2 on a Valliant 490 and had great fun but it was really nice weather and not even that choppy and was boomed around a bit.... All the advise points to 5.2 mtrs or more to have a bit more comfort and choice when you go on the water... so need to look at that and that all within a tight budget (duh)... patience is the word to look at for me... txs again and as it is such a nice boat I am sure you will sell it quick !! txs huib
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I've recently gotten back into Ribbing (sounds a bit wrong) there wasn't much thought put into my purchase though as it just popped up in the local rag as a seemingly good deal so I took it.

I have a 5m Valiant and for the price I don't regret a thing, however, the one resounding thing for me is that next time I WILL be going for something a bit bigger and a bit more suited to UK waters, Humber, Ribtec, cobra, Osprey etc.

I don't intentionally go out wave jumping either but have been caught out once or twice. Nothing serious or dangerous...just a bit unconfortable / scary! Part of that is due to some weight distribution issues which are being resolved...but the hull shape is quite a big deal in the rough stuff.

If you have a budget of that I would definitely widen your search criteria and take 5/6 boats out in less than perfect weather. (easier said than done I know!)

"'Scuse me mate, can you take me out in your boat?"
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Bigger is always better, especially with the Mrs on board!!!
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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..:-)
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Old 20 August 2013, 12:46   #10
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2003 Avon Adventure 560 Open - Boats.com

Just wondered if for a 2003 you would find this a good package (and price?)..Its refurbished blah blah and seems to be a respected company..
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