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Old 09 March 2013, 10:47   #1
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Which 4.5m - 5.5m Rib?

House purchase by the sea is nearly completed so now I'm thinking of a true "do-it-all" RIB.

What I want to use my future RIB for:
  • Trips down the North East Coast from Staithes to Whitby ~ 10-12 Nm each way (2-4 people max).
  • Trips to Runswick Bay on nice days in the summer with up to 5/6 people (~ 3Nm away)
  • The odd longer trip up and down the coast but with only 2 people
  • Wake boarding when the sea is flat enough, no huge wake required, but enough for a bit of fun
  • Spearfishing from when it's flat
  • Fishing from
  • The boat will probably be kept on a drying out mooring and used frequently from March to October, and maybe weekly to fortnightly over the winter months

From the above it's a real mixed bag, hence the need for a do it all boat, and therefore a RIB. The question is which one? And do you think my size estimate is correct based on the above? I'll be looking for a second hand boat/engine combo.

Engine wise giving fishing and spearfishing may need more low speed work would a four stroke be more suitable?
But would a two stroke be better for wakeboarding?

Boat wise from initial Ribnet reading I think here are some possible options:
Humber Destroyer/Attaque/Ocean Pro
Tornado (with hypalon tubes, not PVC)
Osprey
Valiant DR490
Ribcraft 5.3
Avon SR 4.7/5.4 - Would the flooding hull be an issue for wake boarding starts?

So what's the verdict on the above options? Any to avoid and if so why?

Are there any other RIBs to consider? Ribtec/Zodiac etc? - I want something that will last, be good out at sea (it doesn't have to be the best in super rough stuff, but I don't want something that slams a lot).

Any advice/opinions gratefully received.
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Old 09 March 2013, 10:48   #2
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SR4.7 for sure and block the hull for wake boarding
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Old 09 March 2013, 11:18   #3
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A 4.7 or 5.4 Searider would probably tick most of those boxes and last for ever. Second on my list would be a Humber. If money wasn't an issue go for the ribcraft, but unless you can find a bargain will probably be considerably more expensive.
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Old 09 March 2013, 11:36   #4
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DEFINATELY RIBCRAFT 545!....NOTHING to touch em for the Size!! And if it's the BEST you're After
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Old 09 March 2013, 12:33   #5
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What no Ribeye on the list, and it's not been challenged in 2 1/2 hrs......??
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Old 09 March 2013, 13:11   #6
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Zodiacs are good, you're probably best having a few boats in mind and finding the best example of what's on your list, if you set your heart on a particular make and model it may be hard to find and you could end up with not such a good boa.

Best advice is take the advise you get on here, one bloke recently went on and on and got some excellent advice which he ignored it all and bought a pile of rubbish.

Oh, and don't forget Ribtec
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Old 09 March 2013, 13:26   #7
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no no no avon 4 mtr tiller steer!!
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Old 09 March 2013, 13:31   #8
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So are Ribtec ok? and Ribeye bad?

Any specific good/bad models of the above?

And would a flooding searider need blanking off for wake boarding?
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Old 09 March 2013, 13:49   #9
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Ribeye are fine, the tubes are PVC and the hull isn't the most comfortable in a chop but they're made ok and have a good layout.

Ribtecs are excellent, great hull, but I would say that as I'm selling one - only because I want a bigger one. Ribeye made the recent ones and have now adopted the hull for the new Ribeyes.
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Old 09 March 2013, 14:03   #10
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You will have no probs wakeboarding with four stroke engines nowadays, also quieter and generally cleaner on the boat. Not sure I saw what max budget you have cause that might exclude some. For 5-6 persons I would look for a boat that has enough seats for all for safety and comfort. Hypalon tubes will add a small cost second hand value but some lesser tubes are great and no issues
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