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Old 17 August 2010, 04:13   #11
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Do you mean this one?

Coded Osprey Vipermax 5.8 - 115 Optimax - 16,000

Good choice but then I suppose I would say that

I don't think you'll get an answer from the guy selling it as I PM'd him ages ago to try and find out how the aux engine was mounted but never got an answer.
You would! Possibly overkill safety wise for OP though gives a good indication I think that for 15k he can get a good branded boat at 6m say 3-5 yrs old with v low hours perhaps just out of warranty.

As mentioned, perhaps the more leisure/mass market/cheaper ribs could suit.

Rib eye/newer avons (not SRs!)

Rather than heavier weather arguably mote expensive

Humber ribcraft ribquest tornado

Or just blatantly expensive but great

Cougar Parker redbay

Simon, try them out for yourself!
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Old 17 August 2010, 05:41   #12
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Hi Simon, and welcome.

You will get a huge amount of good advice on this forum, but it is likely to cause much confusion as we each believe we provide the best advice !!!!

My general comments would suggest a RIB of at least 6m in length, whilst less than 7m results in relatively easy launch and recovery. If you search the usual boat sales webs you will find a large choice but be aware there are a number of pitfalls.

Once you find a boat that appears to fit your needs then put the details on here and you will get more specific and useful comment, good luck.
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Old 17 August 2010, 07:13   #13
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4 thoughts-

Interior space is not all about length - the width will play a HUGE part in the seating arrangements - E.G Humber's O-Pro comes in three beam variants - the narrowest (2m) you are essentially looking at a jockey up the middle, the widest (I forget the exact size, but memory says it's too wide to legally tow with the toobs inflated) could accommodate two seats side by side.

Hull size doesn't necessarily mean worse handling in bad weather. I used to cruise in company with a bigger rib in an SR4. One of us always had a bumpy ride, but not always the SR - it really depends on the shape of the waves & how you drive over them!

The bigger your hull, the bigger juice burner you'll need on the transom to push it along.

If the waether is cr@p, you're going to get wet whatever happens.....


I'll echo the others and say go try some, see how they compare.
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Another consideration with young kids is the type of seating. Some jockey seats are more kid friendly than others. Some boats give you the feeling that you are sitting on them whereas others give the feeling of sitting in them depending on the height of the tubes in relation to the height of the seats. It can make a big difference into how safe your children will feel and their willingness to go out again.
One of the stalwarts on here came up with a cracking idea of making adjustable stirrups for the seats that his kids were using so vastly increasing their security and his piece of mind.

As mentioned before, if you can get to the boat show it will give you a great opportunity to have a look at the different layouts/seat combinations available then all you have to do is find the equivalent for sale second hand.

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Old 17 August 2010, 10:43   #15
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Hi Simon
I was in the same position as you a couple of years ago, having sailed most of my life I wasn't sure about switching to RIBs but with 2 daughters aged 7 and 9 at the time I could see some of the advantages / conveniences of a RIB.

In the end we settled for a Humber Destroyer 6m. I had originally planned on about 5.5m but a friend encouraged me to push the budget and stretch to a 6m and I am pleased he did. We have a dual console and 4 jockey seats arranged 2 + 2. The 6m is about as small as you can get and have this arrangement. The 6m also allows a bit more stowage space for all the gubbins that comes with a family day out!

Would echo Siochair's point about jockey seats and young children, our younger one struggled a bit at first just because she was not tall enough to get her feet on the deck, if the going got rough we got round it by her standing in front of either myself or my wife as passenger with one arm either side of her holding on to the grab handle. You certainly want one seat for each of you and don't want to have the kids on the tubes or suicide seat.

Two years on, we are very happy with our decision, love the RIB, as a family I think we probably get more out of it than we would have done from a small yacht.
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Old 17 August 2010, 15:01   #16
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Good point re jockeys and small people/children. We got 2 jockeys and a bench behind. Bench fits two adults and toddler in between on calmer days feeling v secure. Even my old mum (grandma) hates jockeys, she's 5ft and struggles to touch floor. In hindsight I wish we'd got smaller jockeys if available as we are all 5"6 and under. Midgets! Also loads of storage in a bench.

If you buy a second hand boat, jockeys could easily be changed. A good buy is paramount!
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Old 17 August 2010, 15:38   #17
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I reckon a low sportsboat style rear bench is a decent option for young children. These are available from Osprey and dare I say it, Ribeye

Some pics of Osprey seats here:

http://www.ospreyribs.co.uk/consoles_seating.html

Sorry, I don't have a link to the ribeye website
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Old 17 August 2010, 16:17   #18
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Hi there

Beware that a lot of folks on here like the ...er.. more industrial design of RIB and have fairly entrencehd opinions.

So ignore most of the stuff said about Ribeyes. They are squarely aimed at the family and leisure market. I have had one for 5 years and it has been fantastic and regularly goes 15-20miles offshore in most sea states.

Also great resale value

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Old 17 August 2010, 16:24   #19
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I have had one for 5 years and it has been fantastic and regularly goes 15-20miles offshore in most sea states.
What do you think of the rear bench seat?
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What do you think of the rear bench seat?
Jumping in here...

The rear bench seat is great. It provides a stowage for two batteries, an oil tank and loads of 'stuff'.

It is carefully mounted over the bilge pump, to keep it safe.

It only takes about an hour to take it out to access the pump.

And an hour or so to put it back.

It also holds water, should a small wave come aboard.

This water sits quite well in the base of the seat.

As a seat, it is very comfortable!

The outer locations are ideal for anyone on board who enjoys a dowsing with spray.

Other than that, the rear seat is brilliant!
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