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Old 14 July 2005, 08:28   #1
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Hi, I've not long moved to the Isle of Wight and want to buy a RIB. I've got lots of boating experience (going slow!) on the Norfolk Broads but really need to know the following before I splash out:

1. What advantages do RIBs have over other boats of a similar size?

2. What RIB should I get for running around the solent with up to 3 other people and a dog? Around 6-7m and up to 20k.

3. Can it be left in the water for long periods or does it have to put on a trailer when not used?

4. What nav equipment do I need?

5. What training should I get?

All answers gratefully received - I've got an itchy cheque book finger!
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Old 14 July 2005, 08:29   #2
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Hmm, presumably you are the same Britemp who posts on mobo chat? If so then I suspect genuine post not a trolling attempt so will respond in kind....

1) RIBs vs hardboats. This could take a year to discuss and would get bogged down in strong opinions either way. But in basic terms - increased buoyancy, softer ride, better in a rough sea, increased safety, SBS machismo overtones etc. Thing is that there are good RIBs and bad RIBs like there are good hardboats and bad hardboats and a lot of it is around how you use it.
Downsides for RIBS are little weather protection, no overnight accomodation (on most RIBs), expensive compared to similarly priced mass produced sportsboats.

Lots of RIBS in the Solent so they must offer some advantages if only as the latest must have fashion accessory

2) 6-7m good size. Short sharp chop in the solent so longer hull bridges it better and makes for comfortable ride. For your budget you are really looking at 2nd hand. So best thing is to look at what you could get for 20k and ask for specfic experience of RIB types here.

3) Yes but will need antifoul on the hull. Other issue is that many RIB's have tubes in the water at rest. So growth on tubes can be a problem. There are solutions to this if you search through the forum or ask.

4) Ideal nav kit is VHF, Depth and GPS. GPS should pref. be a plotter as charts are difficult to use on any small fast boat. With nav equipment the sky is the limit, it all comes down to budget. Being able to use it effectively comes is also important, which brings us to..

5) Training is highly recommended. Doesnt matter whether you get a hardboat or a RIB. PB2 is minimum. A number of good PB trainers available in the solent. I am sure others can post personal recommendations but purely from the quality of their posts here and on mobochat - Tim Griffin, Solitaire/Solent Ranger and Paul Glatzel would seem like good options.

Hope this all helps.
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Old 14 July 2005, 09:44   #4
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Ask Tim Griffin he is on the Isle of White and a member of this forum. He is very knloegable and a very nice chap. I'm sure he'll help you out.

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Old 14 July 2005, 11:34   #5
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Hi

Welcome to the sub-tropical paradise that is the Isle of Wight.

Cowes is where I keep my tatty old thing - solook forward to perhaps seeing you about.

RIBS are just fantastic, stable, manouevreable (sic?), able to nip around the Solent comfortably in a fair range of conditions, and have the low draft to let you get in and out of places when the tide suggests otherwise,not to mention the open topped wind in your face exhilaration of fast cruising / wave jumping silliness...

Go on go on go on.... you know it makes sense.
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Old 14 July 2005, 12:04   #6
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not necessarily second hand!

most of the plus points have been mentioned however a new RIB at around the 6m mark is accessible for the budget, i bought a HUMBER ocean pro 6.3m which bar gps,fishfinder, vhf was bought for under 20k (just), for that i got a leisure kitout ideal for family/ friends and cruising, plenty of room to walk around, i chose wide console with bench on front of it, comfy!, and two single jockey seats behind console, great seats for rougher weather, and a bench at rear, = plenty of seating plus room to move around, kitted with a 140hp suzuki, goes like a dream! i seriously suggest getting a humber, great looking boat, capabale, comfortable, and practical! for under 20k! if you want to leave boat in water make sure u antifoul it!
if anyone knows how to downsize the pictures i hae would post them on here, oh and before i go, i think enough is said in this staement.........."having owned a rib and been in hardbouts i owuld never change my rib to a hardboat"
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Old 14 July 2005, 13:03   #7
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20k - you should be able to get something good. I purchased mine out of season (nov last year) - 7.5 scorpion for just over 20k, however i did have to spend 500 quid on a new radio (VHF DSC) + Other bits. The boat has been great - make sure you have a good test run
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Old 14 July 2005, 16:33   #8
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Hi, I've not long moved to the Isle of Wight and want to buy a RIB. I've got lots of boating experience (going slow!) on the Norfolk Broads but really need to know the following before I splash out:

1. What advantages do RIBs have over other boats of a similar size?

2. What RIB should I get for running around the solent with up to 3 other people and a dog? Around 6-7m and up to 20k.

3. Can it be left in the water for long periods or does it have to put on a trailer when not used?

4. What nav equipment do I need?

5. What training should I get?

All answers gratefully received - I've got an itchy cheque book finger!
Aha another Islander on the forum good , we will take over at this rate.
Excellent advice given already on size and what you could get for your budget.
Other things to consider are costs of moorings ie afloat in marina or dry berthed cost of insurance running costs , safety equipment , nav aids (advantage of buying second hand it could come with lots of kit already)
Check www.ribsforsale.com as always got some good deals to be had also magazines boats and outboards and buy a boat for under 20,000 .Try Bembridge outboards as have a fair selection of secondhand ribs, do a training course as a starter as this can get you cheaper insurance but will also make you a safer boater as you are in a very busy stretch of water and so much can go wrong . If you enjoy cruising in company and a great way to build on knowledge gained from your course then lots of get togethers in the Solent organised on this site. Happy hunting
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Old 15 July 2005, 06:40   #9
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Thanks for that chaps - I am the one from another forum!

I moved to the blessed isle at the end of last year and have been looking at 30'-ish sportsboats for rather large amounts of money but having realised that A. I live 2 mins from the solent and B. Pretty much all of my use will be day use, I thought I should consider a RIB either instead of spending 100k+ on a 'proper' boat or as a good way to learn about boats prior to spending 100k.

I shall go and have a look at the places suggested and no doubt end up adding 50% to my budget like I seem to do with everything else I buy!
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Old 15 July 2005, 06:47   #10
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I quite like the look of these:

http://www.ribsforsale.com/detail.asp?RefNo=4079383

http://www.ribsforsale.com/detail.asp?RefNo=3787212

Is inboard/outbaord petrol/diesel better and am I likely to kill myself in the one that does 65mph?
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