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Old 24 October 2018, 14:13   #1
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Scuba diving club looking to purchase a second hand Rib
any pointers on the pitfalls and what to look for when buying .
A Ribcraft 545 has been mensioned at just under £10,000 with a so so trailer
we would need to travel 200 miles plus to view and test
I believe Ribcraft is a good make and it looks set up design wise suitable for scuba diving ( largish space behing single seat helm) 90 hp honda engine 4 stroke
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Old 24 October 2018, 14:47   #2
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Old 24 October 2018, 16:07   #3
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Hi

Scuba diving club looking to purchase a second hand Rib

any pointers on the pitfalls and what to look for when buying .

A Ribcraft 545 has been mensioned at just under £10,000 with a so so trailer

we would need to travel 200 miles plus to view and test

I believe Ribcraft is a good make and it looks set up design wise suitable for scuba diving ( largish space behing single seat helm) 90 hp honda engine 4 stroke

Thanks lor looking

Stuart


The 545 probably isn’t the best choice for a dive club. Depending on how many divers & of what type, tekkies or scubies, it could soon be cosy. If you found one with a diving layout, forward console, single jockey seat etc. You’d struggle with 4 divers & a helm. The 585 would be a better bet, but make sure it has an XL transom.
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Old 25 October 2018, 11:07   #4
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thanks for your thoughts ,a lot of what you say I agree with .Queston
how do you identify the different transoms ,is strength of build ,is it height .
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thanks for your thoughts ,a lot of what you say I agree with .Queston
how do you identify the different transoms ,is strength of build ,is it height .
The difference between the L & XL transom is the cutout where the engine sits. The L transom is cut down by around 100mm where the XL is cut down by around 50mm. Most ,if not all of the newer boats are XL unless its a special request for an L. Older boats could be either.
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The difference between the L & XL transom is the cutout where the engine sits. The L transom is cut down by around 100mm where the XL is cut down by around 50mm. Most ,if not all of the newer boats are XL unless its a special request for an L. Older boats could be either.
Stul,,, and it makes the difference to which outboard you have.,,, 20" or 25" leg. I agree with Dave... You definitely need a 25" XL transom and motor for carrying divers. Otherwise with them sitting on the tubes at the rear, you will be flooding over the transom in anything but a flat calm sea.
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This is worth a look, the right layout. It will be a plodder with that engine & 4 divers.
https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/...o-trail/234741
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This is worth a look, the right layout. It will be a plodder with that engine & 4 divers.
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I was just thinking that boat might be right for them!

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but that has the cut out transom he was warned against .or is there a version cut down even further
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but that has the cut out transom he was warned against .or is there a version cut down even further


Yup good spot, looks like a long shaft to me.
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