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Old 06 February 2017, 18:38   #31
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...by the uncanny almost universal predominance of Extremely Good looking Owners!!.Eh!
Are you flirting with Pikey Dave on ribnet? I wonder if we've got any opticians on here who could do you a deal - I am sure the admin team would relax the trade rules for such a serious affliction
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Old 07 February 2017, 01:57   #32
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You should talk to these guys, there is some very impressive work going on with this builder. The quality is outstanding.

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I find it hard to understand the builders still putting ply down and throwing fibre glass over the top.... these guys have moulded decks.

I don't see why more builders are not doing it as it's the only way to actually seal the underside.

I would only go with Parker or Island.
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I find it hard to understand the builders still putting ply down and throwing fibre glass over the top.... these guys have moulded decks.

I don't see why more builders are not doing it as it's the only way to actually seal the underside.

I would only go with Parker or Island.


And just to prove that one mans meat is another's poison, I don't like moulded decks. They always (or at least the ones I've experienced) seem to flex, they feel & look cheap to me, don't ask me to explain why, because I can't. Also they tend to be over complicated in their shape, I prefer the flat slab, open space you get from a traditional glassed ply deck. The moulded ones always have lots of corners & ledges with edges that you either stub your toes on, or the edges get damaged.
Just my opinion, no more or less.
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Absolutely. Ribcraft tried moulded (and still can if you wanna go down that route), Customers chose the other options though.

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Are you flirting with Pikey Dave on ribnet? I wonder if we've got any opticians on here who could do you a deal - I am sure the admin team would relax the trade rules for such a serious affliction


Apparently "bromance" is all the rage & I ain't short of rage
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I don't see why more builders are not doing it as it's the only way to actually seal the underside.
Probably because it isn't correct?
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I am in Poole and had a ribeye 6m and used it for the same purpose as you plan to. I have only good things to say about it, but I would say it was just abit too small for family days out with kids.

You don't specify budget, but if going new you probably have a good 40k to spend.

You won't go wrong with a ribcraft 6.8 or a ribeye 6.5. I would say you want 4 jockey seats and a rear bench. The kids and wife used the bench the most and the jockeys will be for you and mates on more ambitious trips. I would want a bow cushion with a table if possible for picnics but not many have this arrangement. As with most things, bigger is better. There is a nice cobra 9m for sale in cobbs quay that would make a great family boat and would be fast but it's 69k.
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And just to prove that one mans meat is another's poison, I don't like moulded decks. They always (or at least the ones I've experienced) seem to flex, they feel & look cheap to me, don't ask me to explain why, because I can't. Also they tend to be over complicated in their shape, I prefer the flat slab, open space you get from a traditional glassed ply deck. The moulded ones always have lots of corners & ledges with edges that you either stub your toes on, or the edges get damaged.
Just my opinion, no more or less.
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You always see a lot more star crazing and cracks in the Gel Coat too...(even when relatively new!)..which does indicate flexing.
Matrix ply/glass and Glassed ply deck..hasn't been beaten yet IMO.
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I have a brand new Ribcraft 6.4 with Suzuki 175, currently at Northney Marina on Hayling Island, and would be happy to take you out and/or discuss the lengthy but ultimately satisfying process of acquiring a Ribcraft.
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