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Old 19 December 2008, 02:38   #1
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Which 8m rib ??

Merry Christmas to all.

I am considering upgrading my rib from the current 6m Tohatsu to something between 7.5 and 8m.

Ideally a new 8.1m Scorpion with a 300xs on would suit. However, my budget is restricted to about 25-28000 which would put me firmly in the secondhand market of slightly lesser craft.

As I keep my rib in Dartmouth and have considered taking up Ribeye's offer of a demo in their 7.85, but I have read a few posts on here where these ribs get hammered.

The main requirements of the boat would be-

1. waterskiing and towing toys.
2. Would need to have a rear bech seat capable of keeping a small child safe compared to jockey seat only layouts.
3. Ideally a good sized foredeck area would suit as well, and dare I say it , have some sort of seating/sunbed option
4. Would be dry stored
5. Suitable for occasional cross channel trip
6. I am after a boat with good seakeeping qualities but with a leisure finish/look to it not semi commercial, but good build quality hull design is a high priorty
7. Engine wise, single outboard between 200-250
8. Also my tohatsu slams a lot, so something with a softish ride would suit

I have seen a couple of 2005/6 ribeye 7.85's in my budget but having owned a South African produced Gladiator rib which I sucessfully reduced to a pile of splintered GRP, I'm not sure of there build quality (bit of a broad brush statement there).

Any advice you can provide would help emormously as its a purchase I would like to get right !

regards richard
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Old 19 December 2008, 04:09   #2
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Would you be interested in something brand new, hand built in UK, 8.25m with 275 Verado or XS for sub 25,000 if it were available?
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Old 19 December 2008, 04:21   #3
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what do you have in mind??
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Old 19 December 2008, 05:19   #4
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As I keep my rib in Dartmouth and have considered taking up Ribeye's offer of a demo in their 7.85, but I have read a few posts on here where these ribs get hammered.
Go and have a look and see what you think.

There were definitely quality issues with some of the very early Ribeyes, but the current ones seem to be fine. They're not everyone's choice, but could meet your requirements pretty well.

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Old 19 December 2008, 05:48   #5
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New Rib

Richard,

There was a second hand scorpion on this site

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=22684

Seems to fit your budget etc

Cheers

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Old 19 December 2008, 08:39   #6
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A Revenger would fit the bill perfectly. Prob not as good in very rough conditions as a Scorpion in a following sea but better in other stuff.

http://www.revenger.co.uk/

Some of the Norweigan fjord rafting people use Revengers in preferance to Scorpions.

Here are some nice videos of a Revenger with a 300xs.









Mainly in French but you get the idea.

As they are custom built it MAY be possible to have simpler seats etc and get it for the price you want - money talks at the moment.
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Contact Tom at Redbay Boats. For a little bit more you can have a brand new one, twin engines, all nav equipment, trailer and all ready to add water and go.
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Old 21 December 2008, 12:04   #8
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I have seen a couple of scorpions in the budget which look ok. My list of ribs to test is scorpion, ribeye, revenger, osprey.

i'll hopefully be able to get to excel and have a good look around at build quality etc, but with most things i tend to buy, i test it, and if it feels right i buy it. 2006 ribeye with 250 yam or 2003 scorpion with 225 opti seem to be favorites at the moment, both have that good rear bench seat setup

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Revengers are in a different league to most of the others - make sure you have a good look first - they have been building RIBs for a very long time!!!
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Steves offer of a completed hull looks a good one ......also all the revenger stuff is made at shakespeares

well worth a drive by and see for yourself

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