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Old 03 October 2014, 08:17   #11
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Most RIBs can be specced with jockey seats or bench-type seats, but I would guess most are specced at initial build and remain like that (standfast some of the guys on here who rebuild their boats!), so it's best to look around for one that seems to fit what you are looking for. I would say that a large number have a rear bench seat, although some of these put your passengers higher than the tubes which was a worry for me with two young boys.

I was looking for similar to you when I bought mine and I was looking at Cobra, Ballistic and Ribeye through personal choice, a bit of boat knowledge and "the look" of them. I'm sure there are more recommendations going to be offered though!
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Cheers guys.

Are there any other brands / models that you would recommend looking at?

I want a leisure RIB, with comfortable seating (ideally not jockey seats), needs to do 30 knot+ and cost around 15k.
After you asked the question...If it's right?.. and not sold?...why haven't you seen it yet then??....could be pretty good bargain if he'll take an offer
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Old 03 October 2014, 08:47   #13
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On the Cobra Ribs website there is a 2003 7.5 at around 19,995.00 , for its age and engine hours I reckon that would be a reasonable price, you could make them an offer as its priced to sell, looks like the seats have been redone from the pictures. The full description doesnt look correct as they state in one place a yamaha engine and its clearly not. worth having a look at in my opinion.
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After you asked the question...If it's right?.. and not sold?...why haven't you seen it yet then??....could be pretty good bargain if he'll take an offer
Because I don't want to buy the wrong boat (again)!

When you understand all the brands / options / combinations it probably makes sense, but its quite overwhelming when you are a newbie. There are so many brands.

I don't know who else makes good leisure RIBs. I don't want to spend 15k on a Cobra and then realise that someone else makes a RIB better suited to my needs that could be had for the same / cheaper price.
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In that case I'd have a generic "Rib" search on the web, starting with the sites I said before, not necessarily buying from there. After a while you'll start to get an idea of what you want, what is available and what you can get for your money.


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Old 03 October 2014, 13:57   #16
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And the only boat I'd sell my beloved Ribeye for is a Cobra, so don't worry about the quality providing it's been looked after
OK I've tried to ignore this but I can't...
...regardless of your view of Ribeye or Cobra... can this really be true? and does stuff like that make the rest of your advice equally "eyebrow raising".
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What do you think of this RIB?

I'm not sure how my views on my boat or preference of boat brings my advice into question? Cobras are of good quality, so if it's been looked after there shouldn't be an issue. Happy to hear what you have against Ribeyes or Cobras but questioning other aspects of my advice seems a bit harsh, especially as I give it in good faith based on experience or investigation.


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I've owned neither a ribeye or cobra, heard mixed reviews about both brands from professionals, owners and keyboard warriors - but that can be said about every rib ever made. My advice would be do your research , get out on the water and make a informed decision , good luck
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The reserve on this boat was 14500, I inquired about it the other week. I didn't see it.
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I'm not sure how my views on my boat or preference of boat brings my advice into question? Cobras are of good quality, so if it's been looked after there shouldn't be an issue. Happy to hear what you have against Ribeyes or Cobras but questioning other aspects of my advice seems a bit harsh, especially as I give it in good faith based on experience or investigation.


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You've missed the point. Your post suggests the only two boats you would consider owning are your ribeye or a cobra. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with either but it seems remarkably narrow minded which made me wonder what your logic is. I mean most ribeye owners would be prepared to consider a scorpion, a goldfish, or a revenger not to mention some of the other popular brands on here. To imply the cobra are the only people on the planet that could make a boat to compete with your ribeye is clearly not rational though.
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