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Old 04 September 2003, 12:19   #1
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Whitch RIB to buy

Hi all,

I am looking for a new rib. My last RIB was a AVON Adventure 6.2 with a Honda 130hp. The Rib I am looking for right now must be a little bit bigger, I would like something about 7 meters.

I was thinking about the AVON 7.2 Adventure beacause I want a boat that can handle a Honda 225hp, but I heard several negative reactions to this boat so now I am confused.

So I started looking on the internet for other boats, and I saw a Ribcraft 7.0 this looks like a nice boat to me, has anyone seen this boat and knows something aboat it, please tell me.

And mayby there is someone with some information about a crompton marine, they build a Sea Phantom 7.45 ??????
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Old 04 September 2003, 16:44   #2
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I was in your position a few weeks ago, and researched the market very diligently.
What always seems to come through is very high praise for Scorpions and Revengers. I'm sure this is well justified, but they come at quite a high price and are difficult to find second hand (for good reason as they have such a high reputation)

For my budget I bought a one year old RibEye 7.5 with a Yam F225. I asked questions about Ribeye on this forum and generally had a favourable response with one or two negative comments.

However, having used it over the last 4 weeks in various sea conditions, I am absolutley delighted with boat and engine, and recommend it highly for quality and performance and they are not so expensive (except the engine).

So although I don't have experience of other makes of Rib, I would thoroughly recommend Rib Eye. (they also make a 6.5 version.
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Old 04 September 2003, 18:51   #3
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You are placed in Holland, very close to Belgium, try Osprey in Brugge, www.ospreyribs.com, say hi from me and they will threat you well.

Regards and good luck in searching.
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Old 09 September 2003, 18:28   #4
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The Avon Adventure 7.2 is a recent addition to the Adventure range and was introduced after the Zodiac group bought out Avon, If i remember correctly the 7.2's hull is taken from a Bombard (part of the zodiac group) which don't exactly have a great reputation for designing the best sea-keeping hulls around. Unlike the 5.6 and 6.2 which both originate from the old sea rider hull I believe.

I've been in a few 7m Ribs includeing the Rib Eye, and was very impressed with the ride the hull gave.

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Old 10 September 2003, 06:05   #5
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just buy a revenger mate

kut he arne een boot kopen!
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Old 10 September 2003, 07:26   #6
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The RIBEYE range of boats have gone through a very severe quality upgrade. They are now under the watchfull eye of Alan Russell from RIBTEC and if any boat or componant does not come up to his satisfaction they are binned, complete boats or not!

I am not sure but I think they are going to make some sort of big announcment at SIB's If it is what I think it is it will make them the largest RIB builder in the World! so watch this space.
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Old 10 September 2003, 11:33   #7
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Out of interest, who are the world's largest maker of RIBS?

Would something really significent have to happen for Ribeye to become No. 1?
I thought they were currently quite a small operation.
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Old 10 September 2003, 14:05   #8
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Get your facts right Alan
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Get your facts right Alan
Could you perhaps be a touch more helpful and share your bounteous knowledge with the rest of the class?

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Old 11 September 2003, 06:12   #10
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I'm also getting very curious about all of this.
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Ribeye first of all tookover/bought/merged with?? Ribtec. That made them much bigger than they were. Whatever could be next?

My guess for the worlds biggest (say by number of ribs built per annum) would go to Zodiac/Avon.
Any other guesses or speculation about Ribeye?
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Old 11 September 2003, 08:34   #12
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They've bought out Scorpion and Revenger
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Old 11 September 2003, 10:02   #13
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My guess is that Ribeye will use backing from their exclusive engine provider Yamaha, to buy some other big RIB manufacturer so that Yamaha can get exclusivity on powering even more Ribs.

And that's just a guess, as I knew nothing about some big anouncement until I read the earlier message on this thread
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Old 12 September 2003, 16:58   #14
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don't forget the subject please

guys...............

please don't start an argue about who is the biggest rib builder in the world!
I am still looking for a new rib. I looked at the ribeye but don't like the shape. Ribtec looks very nice to me but a bit like the ribcraft which is less expensive.
Can anyone tell me something about the ribcraft????? I am from holland and it is not easy for me to come and take a look at several boats.

Thanks in advance guys!!!
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Old 13 September 2003, 19:08   #15
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Visit http://www.inflatableboats.net/ab.htm.

I have an older model but it seems just great!
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Old 14 September 2003, 16:55   #16
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I think Ribcraft are planning to show the new 7m at the London boat show in January. None at Southampton, anyway. London boat show plans will be on their web site at some stage, I'm sure.

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