Originally Posted by ribandlandy
I have been looking at the 5m area and really want a ribcraft 4.8m but they are too pricey new and second hand seem to be non existent. Further manufacters i have looked into are Humber and Ribquest. All are commercial bias boats because i prefer the look.
So am open to any suggestions ideas about other makers or models, anyone know of any good deals going (could poss stretch budget a bit for right boat)
You're exactly where I was probably a couple of years ago. I used to have a Zodiac Pro, which to be fair was a great rib, but in ideally for the Mediterranean on account of the shallow V hull.
With the Pro sold, I looked for a boat that wouldn't break the bank, could take a mid-sized outboard, fitted in the average domestic garage, and had a decent V hull so my backside stayed on the seat instead of being permanently airborne!
Your choices are good. Ribquest make a fantastic 4.8m commercial, and their attention to detail is fantastic. I took a trip down to Sheffield and spoke to their owner Dave Rose, who was very knowledgable, and clearly passionate about the boats he builds. Unfortunately, their products come at a price. The Ribquest 4.8m, with Suzuki DF50 fully rigged with electrics are about £15k. You can of course buy a basic boat and rig it yourself, something that's worth considering. Incidentally, it's a well-build boat, and as a result is a little on the heavy side compared to your other choices.
Looked at Humber, especially the Ocean Pro 2.1m beam. Prices were okay, but by the time you add in a double jockey console, trailer, and the usual extras the costs were rising.
In the end I opted for a RIBcraft 4.8m. I won't go into the hassle I had when I bought it, but suffice to say they came good in the end and have built me a boat that's robust, well finished and came within budget.
I wasn't RIBcraft's typical customer when I bought my RIB. 99% of their customers are buying the full bells and whistles packages, and that's where they make their profit.
My advice is to buy your RIB of choice, but rig it yourself. There are others that will tell you to buy a new engine and second-hand boat. I'm the reverse as I service the engine myself, so feel confident enough to buy second-hand.
Without the engine and electrics, the price for a new RIB and trailer suddenly becomes very competitive. Just remember you'll need to source an engine at some point and rig it yourself.
Any more details - feel free to PM me.