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Old 28 October 2012, 11:06   #1
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Which RIB

New to large RIBs but have sailed for over 40 years so pretty hands on.

I am looking for a RIB package ie RIB, Engine and Trailer.

At the moment the shortlist of RIBs is:

Zodiac Pro Open 550
Ribtec 585
Valiant 570
Avon Adventurer 580

Engines:

Mercury Optimax 115HP
Mercury 115HP EFI

Trailer must be up to a long trail of circa 350 miles

The boat will be used and kept in France so one question is whether I buy in the UK or France. France offers the advantage of being able to access Warranties more easily locally. UK has the advantage that I can negotiate in English. UK may be slightly cheaper.

Do I go for a say 2006 - 2008 rig circa £16,000 or a French rig of Zodiac Pro Open 550, Optimax 115HP and trailer 2010 but all still in the showroom at £23,000 although if pushed they have said they might move to £21,000 incl warranties on all three items. Bateau occasion ZODAIC PRO OPEN 550 Vendée ocassion - Bateau Pneumatique

I know a lot of people like Ribtecs but as they do not have a separate outboard well then they do tend to fill up with water more.

So as well as the above questions: Do I buy in the UK and can I get a good deal like above or do I buy second hand and take a risk on the engine etc.

Lots of questions but I am hoping that the experience of Ribnet folk will come up with some good advice and things to consider/watch out for.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 28 October 2012, 11:14   #2
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Old 28 October 2012, 11:28   #3
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Old 28 October 2012, 11:42   #4
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Osprey Vipermax 5.8m.
Best sea keeping credentials in that size range IMHO.
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Old 28 October 2012, 12:04   #5
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Osprey Vipermax 5.8m.
Best sea keeping credentials in that size range IMHO.
I think the Osprey Vipermax 5.8m will be too heavy. Long distance towing will be behind a suitable car but generally the rig will be towed by a Suzuki Jimny 4x4 although a small engine and towing weight 1200kg
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Old 28 October 2012, 12:11   #6
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I think the Osprey Vipermax 5.8m will be too heavy. Long distance towing will be behind a suitable car but generally the rig will be towed by a Suzuki Jimny 4x4 although a small engine and towing weight 1200kg
You might struggle to keep most 5.5m ribs under 1200kgs all-up.
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Old 28 October 2012, 12:37   #7
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You might struggle to keep most 5.5m ribs under 1200kgs all-up.
I don't disagree but the Jimny will only have to tow distances of up to 8 miles on an island with slow roads and launch down the slipways. A 3.2 Diesel Estate will do the long distance towing.
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Old 28 October 2012, 12:41   #8
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That s weird that an englshman is going to France to buy a rib
Uk ribs are stronger ans more performant ... That s what i think ...
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Old 28 October 2012, 12:48   #9
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That s weird that an englshman is going to France to buy a rib
Uk ribs are stronger ans more performant ... That s what i think ...
Hi Gilles - no love lost between the Belgiums and the French then!! Just kidding.

We live most of the time near La Rochelle hence where we would use the RIB and get it serviced. You will see that most of my options are UK RIBS except the Zodiac Open Pro 550 which I liked the look of.
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Old 28 October 2012, 13:21   #10
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I second the comment about Ribcraft. The 5.85m with a suitable 4-stroke ought to be top of your list. Here's the link:
RibCraft 5.85 Professional Boat - Yeovil, Somerset, UK
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