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Old 03 August 2017, 12:12   #1
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What is new in the world of Ribs?

Hi there,

I am recently returning to the world of Ribs after a hiatus of about six years...

As such I am not now 'up to date' with the new and best manufacturers in the high quality family leisure boat sector...t the old manufacturers now call themselves...

So if you were in the market for a new orc ouple of year old 6.5 metre hypalon (please tell me thats still the way to go?) RIB with a single 150 on the back that would comfortably take a family of 4 and two dogs out in moderate rough stuff, and looked ruffty tuffty and James Bond but also had enough creature comforts - potential to turn the front into a sun pad, comfy bench seat etc... (not ullman or all jockey seats!) - where would you look?

recommendations for manufacturers/models and most respected 150 engines these days too.

I thank you all in advance for your sage advice and inevitable p1$htaking...
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Old 03 August 2017, 15:15   #2
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Try looking at Apollo duck or boats and outboards
Thats a good start
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Old 03 August 2017, 16:55   #3
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probably not much changed - what would you have gone for / recommended 6 years ago to someone asking the same question? that should give people a benchmark and then they can advise if that brand is no longer as good, or there are similar new competitors.
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From what I see amongst our Dry Stack clients (new and old) the general trend from manufacturers and buyers is to go "bigger"! We see many more 7,8,&9m Ribs being purchased than a few years ago. Engines too are getting bigger. most 6.5m ribs will probably have more than a 150 on the back and a 250 on the back of a 8m boat will certainly be more likely to be a 300 or 350 these days and everyone's going 4-stroke (wiats for backlash ). As for innovations, well I see a general upgrade in the electics in ribs (but let's be fair that is from a very low starting point) and of course the gizmos (stereos, GPS, etc) are getting more complicated and generally less expensive. Seating is a personal thing, but shock mitigation seats do look very "cool" but we still see plenty of jockey & bench seating being used. As always, the innovation starts at the top-end of the market and then filters down, but there are still plenty of "smart" 6.5's out there. Good luck anyway.
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Old 04 August 2017, 04:57   #5
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Thanks

Thanks all...

very helpful

I have looked at Apollo Duck and B&O - just wondered if there were any new entrants that were well thought of.

I remember RibEye, Zodiac of course, Humber, Cobra, Tornado... but I now see X-Ribs, Brig and a number of other brands I don't recognise...

Any other new entrants I should look at...

Interesting re size - perhaps i should look up to the 7.5 level.

Very interesting re the 'greater than 150 on the backs of 6.5ms - I am assuming transoms are reinforced better these days then - or engines are much lighter... 150 used to boot a 6.5 along quite nicely, so i can't imagine 250 on a 6.5...

Maybe thats the way to go...

any suggestions re makes and models that are particularly well thought of , or personal recommendations for stable, dry riding boats of the last 2-3 years would be greatly welcomed...
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Old 04 August 2017, 11:35   #6
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Hi

Having just gone through this there are several other things to consider

Budget will always be a limiting factor - for purchase and ongoing costs.

Towing the beast of course - a bigger RIB will need a double axle trailer and obviously a more manly car to pull it along. If you are going the sry stock route you pay by the metre so a bigger boat incurs more fees. Then storing the trailer can be an expensive additional cost if you need to keep it near the boat.

Where are you going to use it? Do you have a crew or are you going to be alone - a bigger boat takes a little more handling solo - ok not a lot but something to think about.

Fuel costs - big engine usually uses more fuel - potentially

All of these issues are relative, but worth thinking through. When I got my first RIB many years ago I spent a season going out with people as crew to see different RIBs in action and to help me make a decision. This gave me a great idea about what I wanted - and didn't want

Hope this helps
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What is new in the world of Ribs?

Can't fault my recently acquired Rib-X.
It's a 535, but punches well above its' weight. Strongly built but light, very dry, no cavitation and a surprisingly gentle re-entry when it becomes airborne. I can only imagine the bigger ones are even more impressive.
Well worth a visit to the factory to see the production areas, you'll be made most welcome.
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I thought there had been a move away from ply towards composite - is that the case? If so I'd say that's a change to consider.
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Engines are not lighter they are far heavier now as all new ones in the UK at least will be 4 stroke
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I thought there had been a move away from ply towards composite - is that the case? If so I'd say that's a change to consider.
Proper Marine grade Ply works so well in so departments and functions so well long term it's been Hard to find a definitive replacement (plenty have tried and failed)...
IMO The basis of what makes a RIB a RIB won't change much from what we have already i.e Leisure..Race..Cabin Work..High end ect "variants" ...because it's Basic Root design of Form and Function is so good for Purposes!

The 12 Bore Shog Gun springs to mind...with all the changes in Amunition and enhancements the Basic design is very little changed in well over 100 years!
...With even the Worlds Top ...(Mainly English) makers in the World still continuing to use Good old "El Natural"Walnut for the Stocks and Furniture!!...if it a it broke...don't fix it!
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