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Old 28 September 2014, 09:40   #1
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Which RIB to Buy

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I am looking to buy a RIB 7m to 8m for cruising sking etc with my family i have looked at ribeye cobra hydromax ribquest rib-x brigg and ballistic have any of you had any experience of these boats and which engine would you recommend i am looking at not going any bigger than a 250hp and i have a budget of no more than 35k
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Old 28 September 2014, 09:48   #2
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Are you looking new or second hand..?
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Old 28 September 2014, 09:56   #3
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Hi Matey i think with my budget it will be second hand
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Old 29 September 2014, 04:19   #4
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Cobra Rib

Hi, I have had a couple of Cobra RIBS a 7 Mtr and 8 Mtr. I looked at the various competition and was very impressed with these. I bought mine through a great guy Simon Gliddon from Gliddon Marine near Brixham Devon. I have just looked on his website and he has got just the boat for you within your budget. his number is 01803 842245
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Old 29 September 2014, 04:41   #5
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I certainly would be busting my arse to buy a secondhand Cobra but for your budget you can buy a proper boat secondhand Scorpion, Ribcraft Osprey and a Redbay

Have look at the rebuild threads on this forum for Ballistics and Cobras and see how far a relatively young boat had degraded. They do look nice though bit like my first wife great looking and a real good ride but went downhill quickly
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Old 29 September 2014, 09:30   #6
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I looked at Ribeye and Cobras amongst other a few years ago but ended up going for a Predator 6.60, ( Stingher )more family / leisure biased than some other brands, had two great summers on the solent with her then upgraded to a Stingher 8m which used is in your price range - fantastic boat, I'd have another tomorrow good luck with your hunt, try a few, get them out on the water! cheers Lee
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Old 29 September 2014, 11:40   #7
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I certainly would be busting my arse to buy a secondhand Cobra but for your budget you can buy a proper boat secondhand Scorpion, Ribcraft Osprey and a Redbay

Have look at the rebuild threads on this forum for Ballistics and Cobras and see how far a relatively young boat had degraded. They do look nice though bit like my first wife great looking and a real good ride but went downhill quickly
My opinion is boats degrade because the owners dont look after them is the most common cause, I have a 10 year old cobra 7.5M which gets admiring looks and looks better than many 2 or 3 year old cobras. 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. Many of the cobras which dont look so good you find people dont wash em down after use and dont bother with a boat cover. The only problem ive found is the seat material needs replacement every couple of years but that may be down to the fact mine gets a lot of all weather use and I think I need to find the magic formula for keeping the seats supple and protected against the salt, usually its the stitching that goes and fabric splist in certain strain points. Having said all that I have spent considerable time in re wirring last year plus replacement of many self tappers for nuts and bolts.

Any boat that is neglected is going to break down and look shabby in record time.

I dont know what the answer is, yes would love a big scorpion someday but prices even for second hand are very high and woudl a scorpion not degrade if it was neglected ?
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Have look at the rebuild threads on this forum for Ballistics and Cobras and see how far a relatively young boat had degraded.
I think you'll find that most of the ones referred to all originally had dodgy home-build fitouts that caused the great majority of the issues.

I really wouldn't take any notice of the rebuild threads.
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The only problem ive found is the seat material needs replacement every couple of years I need to find the magic formula for keeping the seats supple and protected
Found 3M Vinyl Conditioner works great on protecting seat's.

3M Vinyl Hypalon conditioner and protector for rib's and inflatables
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Old 29 September 2014, 16:49   #10
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Thank you all for your feedback i have seen a rib-x 760 tonight which looks like with the seating and engine size does look like what i am looking for what do you think to them?
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