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Old 24 May 2004, 16:18   #31
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I note nobody seems excited about the proffered Narwhal:

We have one Narwhal 5.8 Metre Rib + Engine + Trailer package available a special price - spec:

1 x Mariner 75hp 2 Stroke ELPTO Outboard
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Price: 10,995 inc.
Thats cos they're not very exciting (Dons tin hat) I think you can spend your money on something else. Mebbe the thing for you to do is to spend 10-14k on an older 6mish RIB, see whether you like it and after a year spend the 20-24large on something a bit nicer. That way you are not committing so much upfront.
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Old 24 May 2004, 16:26   #32
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Hi Bruce
the only way you are going to find your ideal rib, as Richard b states is to try as many as possible,you are having two try outs on the 26th so that is going to convince you if either of those two ribs will suit your needs, Richard has offered to take you out on his Scorpion , so thats 3 you will have tried
and i am sure many others in the Solent will offer you goes on their ribs,
re the towing issue sell your car and get a nice 4x4.
every salesman is gonna give you our boats are best routine so try try try
before you buy buy buy
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Old 24 May 2004, 16:45   #33
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older 6m

like the idea of finding an older 6m ish at the 10-14k mark- but therein lies the problem - I can't find anything which is halfway appropriate..... ideas, friends?
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Old 24 May 2004, 17:15   #34
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Richard B,

Answer to you question is that I beleive the hull was built in Cape Town, but the Rib was assembled and rigged etc in UK.

Hull absolutley top quality (even the hidden bits) - don't understand the fuss about S African hulls - Easily equals quality of my previous hard boats (Searays)

It's had plenty of use in variety of conditions and still as good as new...nothings fallen off - If I'd had problems would have said so. (However did hear that Ribeye had problems with their first half dozen or so hulls from SA, but since then all good)
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Old 24 May 2004, 17:28   #35
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Hull absolutley top quality (even the hidden bits)
Good stuff... I heard the stories about the early ones form "a source". Ribeyes continue to feature in Yamaha's marketing too.
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Old 25 May 2004, 06:04   #36
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If you were to have the merc 1.7tdi it is a lot simpler than runnign a petrol outboard. You jump in the boat and you turn the key. There is no pumping fuel, opening air vents, revs, choke etc, you just turn the key.
We saw Daves 6m Solent with the Mercuriser 1.7 TD on the Littlehampton cruise on Sunday. Very impressive, and I believe it has a top speed that is going to upset a few of the faster ribs. It certainly didn't hang about and at 2gph of red diesel its going to encourage lots of fun rather than worry about the running costs.

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Old 25 May 2004, 12:24   #37
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Speed and another Question

Question 1.
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Trying to get a degree of closure here. Is it the view that the

Raider 650 Diesel Rib

Our 6.5 metre demonstrator boat is now available for sale - spec:

Blue tubes / White Hull
1 x Mercruiser 1.7lt / 140bhp Direct injection Diesel Engine
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20 Gallon Stainless Steel under deck fuel tank.
Stainless Steel A Frame
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Only 40/50 hours.

is going to be powerful enough, fast enough for normal use. I went out in the Solent on dead flat calm with a Scorpion 6.5 with 90HP outboard and it claimed to be doing 32-25 knots (no idea how accurate that was), and that was very pleasant indeed.

Is the above rib likely to disappoint?

Question 2:
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Spoke to another expert today who felt that Solent were new on the block, built to budget, Fords of the Ocean. Was quite negative.

He fancied Parkers instead.

He also has a 3 year old Coastline 6M with 20 hour 2003 Suzuki 115hp with new trailer at about 19K.

Any thoughts on these contributions to the debate?

Thanks

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Old 25 May 2004, 12:48   #38
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Raider 650 Diesel Rib

Our 6.5 metre demonstrator boat is now available for sale - spec:

Blue tubes / White Hull
1 x Mercruiser 1.7lt / 140bhp Direct injection Diesel Engine
Cruiser Console
2 x Single Pod Seats
20 Gallon Stainless Steel under deck fuel tank.
Stainless Steel A Frame
Snipe twin axle braked trailer
Only 40/50 hours.

is going to be powerful enough, fast enough for normal use.
This will be at the lower end of the power range for this boat (it's not 140hp, it's 120) but will most likely be a very competent crusing boat. It won't be the fastest RIB around, but it will get you places very economically.
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Spoke to another expert today who felt that Solent were new on the block, built to budget, Fords of the Ocean. Was quite negative.

He fancied Parkers instead.
Solent RIBs may be budget RIBs, but from what I have seen of them they are well made. It's a new brand but the people behind it have been around for a long time. You could apply exactly the same comments to Parker RIBs too!
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He also has a 3 year old Coastline 6M with 20 hour 2003 Suzuki 115hp with new trailer at about 19K.
Sounds a bit expensive, but would do the job for you. Might be worth a haggle.

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Old 25 May 2004, 16:56   #39
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Thank you

Thanks for all the help on this. While feeling confused, I have learned a lot so far. Tomorrow I go off to see Rib-X at Lymington, and the Raider 650 Diesel at Christchurch. Also am intrigued by a Parker, and a Coastline.

Will write more on Thursday (when I will be even more confused).

I could write a book about this saga!!

Cheers

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Spoke to another expert today who felt that Solent were new on the block, built to budget, Fords of the Ocean. Was quite negative.
Lee fairweather has been building ribs for years, before solent he was building a lot of the tohatsu's so they are not new to the idea of ribs.

Tohatsu 1 design's are built to a budget, Solent's are built to the customer. Check out the last rib they built before mine in the pic below. Luxary 7.5m with 225 opti, fresh water tanks, shower, shore power, deck lighting, 6 cd changer.
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