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Old 15 December 2007, 11:59   #1
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Which Rib?!

I am in the market for a new rib or ex demo. Have narrowed my choice down to a Ribeye Playtime 550, like the Jockey/bench seating arrangement, Ribcraft 5.85 or Ballistic 5.5. Any experiences or advice that may help my decision gratefully received. Ali
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Old 15 December 2007, 12:51   #2
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can only go on what i've seen and experianced:
I have a ribcraft,been aboard a ballistic and seen a few ribeye's.
the order i'd put them in is ribcraft-ballistic-ribeye.
The ribcraft i have is fantastic,heavy well built and has nice touches ie: decent sumps for bilge pumps,anchor locker,front post,wing back seats,big console,stable at high speed (unlike the delta i had),carrys weight well.
This is with a 250 4 s on the back.
I have read great reviews on the 5.85 and infact there was a cracking example of one for sale in cornwall (roy cruise)
The ballistic's are also nice but when i looked they were out of my price bracket.
Ribeye: there are a few over here and one user of one hates it as its wet .The larger ones i've seen seem a bit "playboat"
I'd look at the ribcraft imo.

hope this helps and hopefully others may give other opinions.
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Old 15 December 2007, 13:14   #3
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It's hard to fault a Ribcraft, the 585 can be a little nose light in bigger sea. Having said that, Roy Cruse (my boating buddy) would keep his trimmed out to max to stop me from passing him. This would have made it look a bit 'flighty'. The Osprey Vipermax 585 has a super hull and well worth checking out.
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Old 15 December 2007, 13:33   #4
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Agree with behavin's opinion. The Ribcraft is a robust boat with strong residual values whereas the Playtime, imo, is style over substance.
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Old 15 December 2007, 16:03   #5
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If you like the Ribeye give John Wood a call at Ribeye for a full demo. I have a 650 sport and changing to 785 Ribeye. Have been on loads and it is a personal choice for final decision. Each RIB has strengths so may depend on what use, where and costs, good luck
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I've got a couple of 6 metre boats available soon, both ex demo and quite reasonable! Email me at cookee@bananasharkracing.com and I'll send you some details!
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Old 17 December 2007, 10:26   #7
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I am in the market for a new rib or ex demo. Have narrowed my choice down to a Ribeye Playtime 550, like the Jockey/bench seating arrangement, Ribcraft 5.85 or Ballistic 5.5. Any experiences or advice that may help my decision gratefully received. Ali
Just got details on a XS550 which will be ex demo after Excel . Over my budget but send me a PM and I can forward you the details if interested .

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Old 18 December 2007, 03:50   #8
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Ribcraft Ribcraft Ribcraft!!!
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Ribcraft Ribcraft Ribcraft!!!
Nah, horrible old tubs and everyone has got one. Go for something newer and a bit of style, those Banana Sharks will be very nice given the attention to detail and quality we have seen coming from John and Kitten

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Old 18 December 2007, 05:50   #10
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How about some pic's of the smaller range of boats from Banna Shark as on the web site only the 770 is shown, do they still have the same hull form as their bigger brother?
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