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Old 29 September 2014, 17:23   #11
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Welcome to Ribnet.
I'm biased (as I'm selling it!!) but great rib here still for sale. Within budget at 29,500
Ribcraft 7.8 for sale complete with Suzuki 250hp and De Graff twin axle trailer
Ribcraft 7.8 for sale complete with Suzuki 250hp and De Graff twin axle trailer



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Old 29 September 2014, 18:36   #12
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Hi Crusher
It looks a nice boat but i am looking for something with the bench style rear seat and front sunpad but thanks
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Old 29 September 2014, 18:43   #13
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Just wash em down with hose pipe after use and every few months give em a bit of attention, wash, polish, check the usual etc etc and they will last years and years and years.
In fairness, when I spoke to RW last, he reckoned he'd done all that and she STILL went downhill...

Anyway, why would Cobras suffer from owner neglect more than other craft? I mean, do their owners keep them in muddy fields all winter or what?
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Old 30 September 2014, 03:20   #14
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It looks a nice boat but i am looking for something with the bench style rear seat and front sunpad but thanks
IMHO, bench seats are fine when the boat is stationary, but close to hopeless when under way. Bench seat occupants soon feel insecure should the boat hit any chop or the wake of another vessel.
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Old 30 September 2014, 03:51   #15
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IMHO, bench seats are fine when the boat is stationary, but close to hopeless when under way. Bench seat occupants soon feel insecure should the boat hit any chop or the wake of another vessel.
Depends on the bench seat, and probably the helmsman and hull design too. The bench seats on "the Beast" with Conor McLaughlin at the helm redefined my expectations of a bench!

People often refer to them as "family friendly" and I think there may be some value in that description depending on the age of the family and type of boating you do. If your primary objective going out it to get airborne then most benches are inappropriate, but there is a whole spectrum of owners and so different layout work for different people. Personally a sun pad would be an absolute waste of space but I can see that the sort of person who likes a sun pad probably also leans towards the type of boating where a bench works for them.
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Old 30 September 2014, 04:14   #16
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Depends on the bench seat, and probably the helmsman and hull design too. The bench seats on "the Beast" with Conor McLaughlin at the helm redefined my expectations of a bench!

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Possibly, but yer man isn't going to have any of the above on his side.

Mrs Bud could very easily end up with arse and 'bits' bouncing all over the auction and be put off the thing for life.
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Old 30 September 2014, 04:14   #17
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IMHO, bench seats are fine when the boat is stationary, but close to hopeless when under way. Bench seat occupants soon feel insecure should the boat hit any chop or the wake of another vessel.
Not what we've found, the kids love the security and comfort of a bench, also with the helm immediately in front of the bench you get protection from the elements if you choose. On the flip side Ive found little legs struggle with jockeys!
Horses for courses, a leisure style rib / layout an't the right boat for crossing the Atlantic, but sat off a beach, sun beating down and the kids jumping off the swim platform.............
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Old 30 September 2014, 04:21   #18
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Not what we've found, the kids love the security and comfort of a bench, also with the helm immediately in front of the bench you get protection from the elements if you choose. On the flip side Ive found little legs struggle with jockeys!
I agree with the small kids argument, I was in hardboats when mine were tiny.

I'm afraid that I'm of the school of thinking, if squidgy seats, sunpads, bathing platforms, ladders and fair weather boating are high on your list, then buy a nice sportscuddy, as I had when the kids were young. You'll get a load more boat for your buck and a nice warm cuddy, possibly a loo and all the other comfy bits.

Save the ribbing for when they're older.
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Done the hard boats thanks, quite happy with a RIB.
My 7 year old would be mortified if you told her she was too young for a Rib, she helms it (obviously under supervision), helps tie it up (yes she can do knots) and we as a family have had the most amazing days on the water..................on our RIB, but thanks for the advice
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My 7 year old would be mortified if you told her she was too young for a Rib,
Ummm, not sure that I suggested that she would be? By 'tiny', I was referring to little kids, sub 3yo.

Personally, I'm never 'done' with anything, as life rolls on things change, I can quite easily see Mrs M and myself going back to squidgy comfort one day.

As I mentioned earlier, only my opinion.
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