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Old 19 October 2018, 05:56   #1
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Which RIBs do you recommend

As I am now searching for my first 6.0 - 7.0 metre RIB, for family and leisure use around the South Devon coast. I would be interested to know from forum members which manufacturers you class as 'recommended', 'not recommended', and why.

I understand that there will be a certain amount of "This make is good because it's the one I own", but I would appreciate some good honest help in deciding my short list.

Many thanks in advance.....
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Old 19 October 2018, 06:22   #2
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Just avoid chinese imports.
Look for UK manufacturers.

My list;

Normal priced
Cobra
Ribeye
Ribquest
Humber
Ribcraft
Perhaps an older Scorpion (new scorpions crazy prices)
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Old 19 October 2018, 07:17   #3
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Ribcraft and Ribeye and the Local market leaders.
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Old 19 October 2018, 10:48   #4
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I will always loved the Zodiac Pro Open 650. Lots of seating, Category B rating. Performs well with 115 or 150 hp, rated up to 175 on the newer models.
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Old 19 October 2018, 14:18   #5
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As someone from that area I Would recommend a Ribcraft 6.8 pro or the 750s.
But Ribeye would also be an obvious top pick.
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Old 19 October 2018, 14:24   #6
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Just avoid chinese imports.
Look for UK manufacturers.

My list;

Normal priced
Cobra
Ribeye
Ribquest
Humber
Ribcraft
Perhaps an older Scorpion (new scorpions crazy prices)
I would add osprey, XS and Parker to this but the price swing between all these will be huge.
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Old 19 October 2018, 18:26   #7
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I've been very happy with my zodiac 550 pro tour, incredibly good on fuel from just a Yam f70 which is partly due to a slight change in hull design for newer models ( larger strakes for more lift and stability). I tow mine all over Australia and barely notice its behind the tow vehicle. Would be keen on a 650 pro but the extra running costs and the fact it wouldn't fit in my garage would mean keeping it outside in intense sun conditions.

Other ribs I regularly use include a 550 gemini, 770 gemini ( both very wet boats) and the latest dive boat I've been driving a 9m Naiad. Most fun is still my little 550 for ease of use in surf conditions, dangerous bar crossings and even offshore game fishing ( 80km offshore) 300km safe range on a single tank of fuel

Always keen to try any other make but unfortunately ribs aren't that popular this side of the pond.

The downside of Zodiac in this country is the rediculus price they now cost.
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I would add osprey, XS and Parker to this but the price swing between all these will be huge.
yep I would have added Parker also as they are fine boats and have a good rep, just didnt think many of them around at a reasonable price for a first Rib, went more for whats on the market in decent quantities and a few years old and of that size.
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Thankyou everyone. Plenty to go on there. Not much around at the moment but hopefully that will change ..........
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As I am now searching for my first 6.0 - 7.0 metre RIB, for family and leisure use around the South Devon coast. I would be interested to know from forum members which manufacturers you class as 'recommended', 'not recommended', and why.

I understand that there will be a certain amount of "This make is good because it's the one I own", but I would appreciate some good honest help in deciding my short list.

Many thanks in advance.....
I have an older Ballistic 7.8, I believe the newer models and smaller ones all share the same unique reverse chine hull which works very well for me. I don't see a great deal on the forum about ballistics but have not seen any negative comments. Unfortunately I have not tried many other RIBs so can't offer a comparison. I do know that the customer service at JBT marine both before and after sale is highly regarded.
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