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Old 16 August 2010, 19:21   #1
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Which RIB ???

Having owner sailing boats for years, now we have two children (3 and 7 years old) we have decided to buy a RIB instead as think it will give us more use and appeal to the kids.

Trouble is, all this RIB business is new to us and we feel a bit lost.

We will keep the RIB in a marina and have the option of using her in a sheltered estuary or turning the other way into the Irish sea. We are choosing a RIB as we want this option, having owned an American sportsboat some time back the only option you generally had was the sheltered water one!

Budget will be up to £15k (but no more). Suspect there will be the odd lads blast in the rough stuff but on the whole we would primarily use the RIB as a family boat taking no risks.

Any recommendations and advise gratefully received.

Do we go older & bigger / smaller & newer?
Is 5.8m that much better than 5.5m?
Is there a lot of difference between boats at this size?
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Old 16 August 2010, 19:41   #2
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Would there be puffins near you in the Irish sea?!

Your best bet really is to go out in a few different boats!!! Go out in some crappy weather too as the Irish sea has plenty of dodgy weather.

The difference from 5-.5.5 and 6-6.5m is massive both in boat area/weight and what you can go out in. If you're in conwy and want to head to Anglesey I'd say a 6m destroyer made by Humber or similar could be good. <6m and you're reduced to fairly fair-weather boating if there are more than 2 of you as people are sat on tubes.
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Old 16 August 2010, 19:47   #3
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<6m and you're reduced to fairly fair-weather boating if there are more than 2 of you as people are sat on tubes.
Why's that? Loads of RIBs <6m have >2 seats.
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Old 16 August 2010, 20:15   #4
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Technically yes. Fair point. Though I'm trying to answer a general question of size and appropriateness to a new ribber. IMHO once under 6m, especially sub 5.5, unless fully suited up, in anything more than a chop you're getting wet! Much Under 6m and with more than a double jockey so you have seating for >2 there is no deck space for a family to move about, which he mentions.

We had a SR 5.4, great boat for two lads in quite bad weather, but with a family of four it wasn't much fun if the weather turned out in the Irish sea/menai straits. Once you get to 6m, we went to 6.3, in my experience it gets much more family friendly, drier and safer, even when it turns from fair to pretty bad.
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A suggestion

Search coded osprey vipermax 5.8 in the ribs for sale, a good example of the type of boat you'd get for your money. May still be for sale.

Sub 6m as well! Keep DHD happy!
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Old 16 August 2010, 21:48   #6
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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.
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Old 17 August 2010, 02:38   #7
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In our local marina you get a big discount if under 6m, so want to stay less than this but guess what you're saying is big is def better so closer to 6m the better....

What are your thoughts on the Ribeye 550 (not sure could afford bigger one?) & Avon 580?

Any other RIBS/makes I should consider?
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In our local marina you get a big discount if under 6m, so want to stay less than this but guess what you're saying is big is def better so closer to 6m the better....
Is the discount that big? We have used our 6.25m boat to do lots of cool things (single handed channel crossings as one example) and I am not sure a sub 6m boat would inspire that kind of confidence.

As has been said there is a major difference either side of the 6m mark, in fact I would perhaps go so far as to say that every few centimeters under 7m makes a difference.

Also consider bench seating for the kids benefit, jocky seats are great but not if your feet don't touch the deck.
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What are your thoughts on the Ribeye 550 (not sure could afford bigger one?) & Avon 580?
Can I suggest you have a search of the forum for Ribeye and sit back with a large coffee, then when you've finished reading the differing opinions do the same for Avon 580... now when interpreting what you hear bear in mind: (i) many people here are looking for a very good "sea rib" rather than an OK rib; (ii) with a 3 and 7 yr old, regardless of the boat, you're not going to be pushing the boat to its limits or out in stupid weather; (iii) Avon and Ribeye produce lots of boats, and sell largely to your sort of market - that means they have something right. However there may be better boats for your money?

I'd agree with Paul, your children need to be sitting on a seat not perched on top of a tube. That combined with your <6m requirement and budget will probably narrow the field for you a lot. Bear in mind that the "name" and the "length" may not always agree between brands - e.g. one brand's 585 might be 5.85m from the very front to the very back; another's might be 5.85m from bow to transom.
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Simon. If you can wait and visit the Southampton Boat show (i see you a some way away)there will be quite a few RIBs on show and also on test. These are aimed at new buyers but would give you a good choice across several types and lengths and seating options/equipment. Also a few dealers usually have second hand options.

You may also find that at this time of year towards autumm and winter some second hand prices may reduce and give give a good buy.
I would definitely suggest you take a run out on some RIBs and dont be swayed by one dealer/person, get your choice and then have fun with the family.
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