Originally Posted by SJHooper
Need some help I have sold my Avon 580 and am looking for a 6 metre or 6.5 offshore rib. I like going out in rough weather playing off Hurst etc. Im based in Christchurch so the solents my playground. I have the following Ribs left on my list.
Ive tried the Ribquest and Cobra both nice boats but the ribquest is not rated cat B I want to cross the channel and vist the channel islands. Im normally out on my own but want to join a group to do this sort of travel.
Need your views
OK firstly ignore the Cat B stuff, its more complicated (and expensive) to get Cat B than Cat C - accordingly some manufacturers don't bother with it. From what has been reported here the "new" Ribquests are perfectly suited for cross channel/CI stuff. Indeed one of the boat mags took one of the old ribquests (which had a ropey reputation - before they were bought out) and survived!
Notable exception on your list is Osprey (before Mollers appears!).
But your list is quite varied! It goes from lower cost to higher cost, and both boats which are more aligned to rough water (but potentially a little slower) and to boat which are designed for speed (which may not be so pleasant in the rough).
So you'll need to be more specific about intended use, budget, required speed, no of people, likely weathers etc. Any preference on seating layout etc.