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Old 20 May 2018, 07:29   #1
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Which small rib .

Hi wonder if anyone could give me some advice , im looking for a small rib to use as a tender and for fun , ive posted a wanted request .

However i have found 3 , all a long way away from me , i live just north of glasgow.

Of the tree which would be best if i have to travel the country .

Valiant 340 d 15 hp 4 stroke
Avon rover 3.40 h, 20 hp ,
Xppro 380 , 20 hp 4 stroke

Im on the clyde , plan to keep afloat in local marina ,run 5 folks out to a wee racing boat on a weds night , weekend me and misses to cruising yacht 40 foot , prob tow with us depending on weather or leave on mooring .

Valiant looks a bit flat , avon supposed to be better , xp pro has additional length .

What to do ? Over 4.0 gets prohibitively xpensive to keep in marina .

Many thanks in anticipation of good advice

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Old 20 May 2018, 10:39   #2
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Have to be a RIB? If just for tender duties wouldn't a SIB be better?
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Old 20 May 2018, 17:27   #3
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Fraid not , its launching of a shallow beach at low tide that is the prob , ive allready got 4 sibs ! , the best of which and one we use is a 2.7 honwave ,excellent .

But time has come to put something bit more substantial in marina and save launching ,
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Old 21 May 2018, 11:13   #4
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Best small Rib.
High field. Wouldn’t buy anything else ����
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Old 21 May 2018, 11:24   #5
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Which small rib .

There's a 3.5m Ribcraft on eBay at the moment with a 25hp Yam. Those boats are rare as hens teeth & will outperform any of those on your list

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F292572075865
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Old 21 May 2018, 11:28   #6
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Yep Rib craft are good boats and been around along time,
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Yes i saw that , and ideal apart from beyond my budget
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For what you want I don’t think the best rib (design/construction) comes into it. It will be the best condition, best engine, most protected tubes (it’s going to bash against stuff or get bashed into in the marina “dinghy pontoon”). The layout that suits you.

If I was looking for a small rib to go and do Gurnard type adventures that ribcraft would be on my short list, but if I was going to tow it behind a 40 Ft yacht I’d want the smallest, lightest, least draggy one (the valiant?). To squeeze 5 adults or a couple and a weekend of stuff on board you probably want something with a tiller rather than a great big console. How far is the trip to the yachts? How big do the waves get on the days you use it? Why not just keep the honwave afloat (or trade it up and keep it afloat).
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For what you want I don’t think the best rib (design/construction) comes into it. It will be the best condition, best engine, most protected tubes (it’s going to bash against stuff or get bashed into in the marina “dinghy pontoon”). The layout that suits you.

If I was looking for a small rib to go and do Gurnard type adventures that ribcraft would be on my short list, but if I was going to tow it behind a 40 Ft yacht I’d want the smallest, lightest, least draggy one (the valiant?). To squeeze 5 adults or a couple and a weekend of stuff on board you probably want something with a tiller rather than a great big console. How far is the trip to the yachts? How big do the waves get on the days you use it? Why not just keep the honwave afloat (or trade it up and keep it afloat).


I’d missed the bit about the yacht, I read the initial post on my phone. I agree, the RC might not be the best option. I’d also keep my eye out for any AB ribs kicking about, they are ally hulled & hypalon tubed, they can take a kicking.
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Heres the 3 im thinking off , all seem good con , previous owner of valiant sold it to buy avon rover and thought would be better too .

Tis a bit choppy where i go out to the yacht with the misses , bit of bow rise and centre seating is where i think I should go , 5 up on a weds night , flatter water and not so far , but in either case 4 mins or 8 in a honwave 270 with suzuki 2.3


Please keep up the good advice , its much appreciated .
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