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Old 14 January 2013, 10:18   #11
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Thanks for all the quick replies, I think the Ribcraft 6.8 would be a bit on the big side for launching/recovering single handed, and definately too thirsty with twins
Don't rule out a 6.8 for single handed launches (Ribcraft or any other)
I own a RC7.8 and it is the easiest boat I have ever launched and recovered single handed (& I've owned plenty and launched loads more!) it is far more to do with how well the trailer is set up to the boat.

But agree with the thirsty twins ......

Good luck with your search...
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Old 14 January 2013, 11:18   #12
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Don't smear the RC on your site Peter?

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Peter don't know how that came only excuse is I'm on the road!!!! It meant to say what year and price? You can pm me so we don't high jack the threat.

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Old 14 January 2013, 11:22   #13
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Back to the original post - I know many people don't like them here, but we had an Avon Adventure 620 for a number of years, based in Poole. It's more of a medium V, so not as soft a ride in very rough weather, but we took it out in most conditions year round, and it never missed a beat. If you don't like the "commercial" look of a Searider, and are mainly going to be doing coastal (rather than offshore) cruising, I'd certainly still consider an Adventure.

Regarding launching, not sure why boat length would make much difference to whether you can launch single handed or not, other than the fact that with smaller rigs you might be able to push around by hand without a vehicle. I quite happily launch my 9m Ribtec single handed - it just needs slightly better planning, and I can barely move the empty trailer by itself without using the vehicle! It's more how well the boat fits the trailer, and how you plan/execute the launch that makes the difference.
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Old 14 January 2013, 11:38   #14
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+1 ..if it had 4 jockeys and no antifoul I'd be looking very hard at it .

The sort of weather you'd want to go out in I'd guess it will be as dry as anything else..
Peter these 5 metre Ribeyes came as seen on the images but the next two sizes up the 5.5 and 6.0 have twin double jockeys and same back bench. All have the same beam in this range http://ribeye.co.uk/documents/RibeyeASeriesEmail.pdf image of 5.5 shows as 5.0 but most fitted with twin doubles
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Old 14 January 2013, 11:44   #15
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I was looking at the Avon 6.2 & the 6m Ribeye for some time and tested them both before ending up with the Ribeye. Had it for a year now & it has been a great success with the family of 5.
Have not tried the 5m but they do go well with out too much power on the back as they do not weigh as much as some because they have a moulded fibreglass deck not ply as most UK built boats so saves on weight!
I have been out in some really shitty conditions, one that springs to mind was last year after dropping off some people in the Hamble my wife calls me to say she is trying to hold the last place in the marina in Cowes but I need to get there as quick as pos, well we got over in know time in a really nasty choppy see & the Ribeye was just great taking it all in her stride.

Having said that I would be very picky if looking at anything prey 2005 as the deck had 2 metal runners running down the deck which seats & console are attached to & IMO there not so well put together as the latter ones.
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Old 14 January 2013, 12:16   #16
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Peter these 5 metre Ribeyes came as seen on the images but the next two sizes up the 5.5 and 6.0 have twin double jockeys and same back bench. All have the same beam in this range http://ribeye.co.uk/documents/RibeyeASeriesEmail.pdf image of 5.5 shows as 5.0 but most fitted with twin doubles
Thanks Ian....I'm keeping my eyes peeled..... :-)
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