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Old 06 February 2017, 03:50   #21
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+1 "BEST" is a relative term at umm best! Best in terms of what? Price? Colour? Amount of blue piping? Weight (light or heavy) speed of delivery from order....Yada Yada! "Best" hast to be quantified, best out of how many? Best of all? Best out of the ones you've tried (how many have you tried?) Best out of all boats made in ..........(insert name of town, county, communist state) Best for racing, rescue, fishing, diving?
I could go on and on and on................
Yep you could....it's all a matter of personal choice (an experience!) after all and....then Buy you're third New Rib Craft!??
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Old 06 February 2017, 04:06   #22
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Yup, 'cos they are the best I've tried (but I've not tried many) even then, I've had the odd issue over the years. They certainly aren't the best in terms of their sleek Gucci looks & blue piped bench seats, but I like that. Due to their weight & layup, they probably aren't the best in terms of economy & speed. Ribcraft probably aren't the best company to go to if you want a boat in a rush & are on a budget!!
BUT, if you want an Empire Built, go anywhere you dare, safe bus to get you there & back at a price that is still within the realms of reality, then personally, I think that they take some beating. The only other brand I'd consider (personally) would be Redbay, & geography is on Ribcraft's side with that one.
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I have checked REDBAY mentioned by PD.
Very nice boats.
But (as you know) I tow RIB to Croatia, Greece.
Max width should be 2,55 so my preference is RIB width 2,5m

I think from sometimes to sometimes to change to 6-6,5m and 150 HP (Evinrude G2 of course ) but current 5,4 I tow on trailer GVW 1300 kg with some margin even with petrol.

My car max towing limit is 1500 kg so
- RIB width (2,5m)
- and car tow limit (1500 kg - I do prefer some margin, we are 5 people and many stuff)
are constraints for me ...
I do have big comfortable VAN Honda Odyssey and do not want to change it now.
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Yup, 'cos they are the best I've tried (but I've not tried many) even then, I've had the odd issue over the years. They certainly aren't the best in terms of their sleek Gucci looks & blue piped bench seats, but I like that. Due to their weight & layup, they probably aren't the best in terms of economy & speed. Ribcraft probably aren't the best company to go to if you want a boat in a rush & are on a budget!!
BUT, if you want an Empire Built, go anywhere you dare, safe bus to get you there & back at a price that is still within the realms of reality, then personally, I think that they take some beating. The only other brand I'd consider (personally) would be Redbay, & geography is on Ribcraft's side with that one.

Gucci looks (or lack of)... I'm not a big Gucci Fan by the way....are more than made up for...by the uncanny almost universal predominance of Extremely Good looking Owners!!.Eh!
The rush and budget points are certainly pertinent
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If it's boating in Poole, a fast RIB with family layout, is an agricultural style, deep V, off Roader RIB even needed? If only going out in calm days and sunbathing, look at the leisure style ribs with sun deck front areas, curvy wrap around seats and pop up tables. With a shallow-mid V the same HP engine will push you along a lot quicker. In fact, is a RIB needed...
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I'm not specialist but it be easier to find 6,5 m RIB having on plate >= 10 persons than the same size GRP 'standard boat'

I used to have on the lake 9 people on mine (5,4m and 115 HP)
But there wer 3 kids, 2 teenagers (180cm but slim and 14-een y old) and 4 adults (2 womans and 2 big mans)

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If it's boating in Poole, a fast RIB with family layout, is an agricultural style, deep V, off Roader RIB even needed? If only going out in calm days and sunbathing, look at the leisure style ribs with sun deck front areas, curvy wrap around seats and pop up tables. With a shallow-mid V the same HP engine will push you along a lot quicker. In fact, is a RIB needed...


Which is a fair point, but the op might then get the "bug" and fancy a weekend in Cherbourg or The Channel Islands or the Scillies, in which case he might need something a tad more "capable" horses for courses. After all, some people can't make it past the local pub
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If it's boating in Poole, a fast RIB with family layout, is an agricultural style, deep V, off Roader RIB even needed? If only going out in calm days and sunbathing, look at the leisure style ribs with sun deck front areas, curvy wrap around seats and pop up tables. With a shallow-mid V the same HP engine will push you along a lot quicker. In fact, is a RIB needed...
Good point, wife, kids and dog will not want to go out in anything lumpy but my adrenaline time will be hacks along the coast in the mucky stuff, I'd rather have a boat thats well capable of taking it when it gets rough. I did look at leisure boats, but IMHO they're not going to give me the fun value.
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Fair enough, questions answered. RIB it is.

Yes, point taken, I do struggle to carry on if the next pub is more than an hour away! ;-)
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