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Old 17 May 2004, 19:02   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Exeter
Boat name: gazza's girl
Make: rib-X
Length: 5.75
Engine: Suzuki 90 4 stroke
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 80
Which Rib to purchase

I am just about to trade up from my Zodiac Cherokee and am unsure of the next rib to buy...

It must be between 5-7 meters, have a deep hull so the passengers feel secure...

Must be rugged and capable of taking 4 divers and all the kit....

I have view the Apex 17, Zodiac pro 550, and Avon Adventure 560..


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Old 18 May 2004, 06:31   #2
Country: Ireland
Town: Carigaline/Baltimore
Boat name: XS-600
Make: XS-Ribs
Length: 6m +
Engine: Merc Optimax 150 XL
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 682
You didn't say what your budget is? This will be the key aspect to any advice you get. Money no object, I would be looking at a Scorpion. I've never heard anything bad about them, other than people complaining that they can't afford one.

However, otherwise if you are looking at the mid range of the market, I would suggest either of the following:

Tornado - They are a very good dive boat, I know of several clubs in Ireland who have them. Very good deep V that gives a comfortable dry-ride.

Ribcraft - Very well built strong rugged boat, Deep V hull is also brilliant. Have heard nothing but good reviews.

Parker Ribs - Look a very good boat. David B and Andre who both post here are UK dealers for them, so I'll leave them tell you more!! Put in a search for them in the gallery for some nice pics.

I myself was in the same predicament, 6 months ago. As you can see I've gone for an XS-600. Will be collecting the boat in London in 2 weeks time. Will be posting a full review of the boat here and as far as I know it will be the first XS-rib on Ribnet. Very well priced boat. Built using commercial grade materials. Uses consoles, A-frame and tubes from Tornado, but with a different hull based on the 3-rail hull design of the larger Tornados (but not built by Tornado). See for yourself:

Hope this helps
Steve G
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