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Old 23 April 2009, 06:03   #11
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I think folks might be over specifying the toughness here? All those commercial spec boats are great - but they will already be quite well "used" to get into your budget. I am guessing you want something robust rather than bomb proof. Family cruising is unlikely to require the sort of toughness that the oil industry and military require - but will benefit from good quality kit that doesn't break, a hull design that copes well with rough water and a seat layout that is comfortable for all.

Passengers in front of the console is sensible in your situation for the reasons you suggest - but not that common. There are some disadvantages which you might want to think about - the further forward the rougher the ride (generally), no protection from wind, spray that you get from the console, no sight of instruments, chart plotter etc which can keep kids entertained on longer trips.

Any of the custom builders in the UK should be able to provide layout to suit your needs, whatever you decide - if you are going new build.

So I would suggest your list might include:

Humber, Osprey, Ribcraft, XS, Redbay, Excalibur, Parker - for new or nearly new there are probably others I have forgotten

I wouldn't rule out some of the more sportier styled ribs either - e.g. Leeway, Solent, Ribeye, Shakespeare - as in reality they will all survive what most people would do with them. Even Bannashark who are very much at the "fast" end of the market - would probably create something to suit.

Older second hand boats would be Delta, Tornado, Halmatic, Avon Seariders etc - but getting one that doesn't need TLC if "a project" is not your thing may not be so easy.
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Old 23 April 2009, 08:15   #12
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We had the same brief as was outlined in the original post...got a new Ribcraft 5.3 last December...very pleased and would recommend them highly
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"We had the same sort of boat spec in mind as was outlined in the original post. Got a new Ribcraft last December...very pleased and would recommend them highly "
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Old 23 April 2009, 09:18   #13
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In honesty you could look for ages, but my recomendation would be the Ribcraft, built in the uk, good warranty, nice bunch of guys, impeccable build quality, excellent sea keeping (deep v hull), they supply commercial and leisure.

I bought the attached 6.5m a couple of years ago, and to be honest use it as a taxi most of the time, but had a few long trips in it too and done some really rather windy and choppy conditions of force 7 at a guess.

I had the 5.85 before, and to be honest i think the 6.5 (now called a 6.4) is worth the extra cash.

Hope that helps
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Old 23 April 2009, 09:21   #14
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Humber Ocean Pro. (or possibly a Humber Destroyer, narrower beam but exceptional in rough water)
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If I had that sort of ££££ to spend on a new rib for that sort of use. Humber would be on the top of the list. they have got some good deals on just now too. very handy for you.
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"We had the same sort of boat spec in mind as was outlined in the original post. Got a new Ribcraft last December...very pleased and would recommend them highly "
Thank you very much that's cheered me up no end
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Old 23 April 2009, 16:00   #17
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Humber currently have a new 7.5m Offshore (ID number 368) on offer at a considerably reduced price and ready to go. It really is a fantastic boat so I suggest you have a look on their site, there are others to choose from as well.
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Having children I would rather have the console in the back with good view of the passengers in front of me.

It has to be something tough... think in terms of rescue/patrol/military kind of grade at a reasonable price.

..just a good reliable transportation that could take me home on a bad day.

Budget? Between 20-30,000 new or used.

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This any good guys?
http://www.redbayboats.com/RC/viewad...74653349100001
Bit pricey perhaps...
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Old 24 April 2009, 06:31   #19
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Humber currently have a new 7.5m Offshore (ID number 368) on offer at a considerably reduced price and ready to go. It really is a fantastic boat so I suggest you have a look on their site, there are others to choose from as well.
Our club looked at buying that boat, went up for a look. It wasnt suitable for our diving brief but it's cracking boat. Higher sprec tubes, lots of extras on them. I can post our pics if you like.
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In my Area (Trearddur Bay, Wales), that is most people's spec of boats!

Names I'd recommend are definatley Delta, Humber and Ribcraft! I have lots of experience with these boats brands and with the acception of ribcraft they are extremely easy to configure.

Names i'd stay away from are definatley ribeye, they are nice boats, look good, cheap, nice ride etc but any kinda sea and they break!

The seast's in front of the helm is an interesting lesuire choice but sure delta would be happy to help and humber probably have a standard template for what your looking for!
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