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Old 19 October 2007, 14:28   #1
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What would you buy?

Emagine this: Money does'nt play the rule and u're looking for a 5m upto 6m RIB. What would u buy? Osprey, Viper, Humber, Tornado, Ribeye or Ribcraft?
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Old 19 October 2007, 14:51   #2
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Old 20 October 2007, 18:47   #3
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Old 21 October 2007, 05:33   #4
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Avon 5.4 for going to sea commercially

otherwise Osprey, Ribcraft, Tornado manufacturing has a quetion mark over it presently? and Ribeyes and Humbers are not in the same league as the others

XS is also worth a look
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Old 21 October 2007, 09:08   #5
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Vipermax 5.8 if it was something with tubes on
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Old 21 October 2007, 13:17   #6
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Perhaps the choice depends on how you think of RIB's. It seems to me there are two basic types - those evolving from fast inflatable designs having a hard bottom added, and those evolving from hard boats and having a rubber ring added. I think the former tend to be more 'workaday' or 'commercial', while the latter seem more performance oriented and 'posher'.

I think of my boat as an inflatable with a hard bottom. The relatively large diameter tubes and lovely curved sheerline give a great sense of security in anything like a sea, provide a dry boat and a really stable platform when at rest. I'm not sure, size for size, whether those boats with tapered tubes which sit clear of the water would feel anything like as safe and secure.

Had an occasion to work alongside an Osprey about the same size as my boat recently. When we came alongside we seemed to be looking down into it. The sheerline was much flatter and the tubes seemed smaller diameter. Judging by the crew's gear, it gave a much wetter ride than my Humber too.

It's all so subjective though, and I guess we all fall for our own boats, so perhaps it's not that easy to get an unbiased opinion. Good luck.

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DELTA Dash 5.5 with 160-190hp Inboard Diesel; same configuration as the Seawork Demo boat. If money was no option, 4 x Ullman Biscayas and all carbon deck structures [Console, seat bases, gimball housing cover, anchor locker]

but I'm biased
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