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Old 03 November 2006, 05:28   #1
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Yet another "Which Rib" question

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Thinking of upgrading to something around the 5.4m size . Ideally looking for a used one with 4 stoke or direct injection . Would like something that would be good in rough seas and give a relatively dry ride with seating for four . Keeping an eye out for the Ribcraft 5.3 , Tornado 5.3/5.5 or Searider 5.4 . Are there any other makes out there that would be worth considering ?.

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Old 03 November 2006, 08:56   #2
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Ribcraft 5.3 would be the best, dont bother looking around, just get and order one!!
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Old 03 November 2006, 09:23   #3
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Ribcraft 5.3 would be the best, dont bother looking around, just get and order one!!
Would be my preferred option but hard to find used ones .
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Old 03 November 2006, 09:28   #4
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Bit bigger than what you specified but still cheaper than a new 535 Ribcraft with seating for 4.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F118731/
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Tim, I think biggles is right to point you towards a slightly larger boat, there is a huge difference between 5.3m and 5.8m. However if the size is a real issue and you must have that size range then I would choose this over any of the others every time, although I appreciate its a personal view point.

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Thats a nice boat Pete7.
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Bit bigger than what you specified but still cheaper than a new 535 Ribcraft with seating for 4.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F118731/
Hi Biggles

Nice boat alright . My problem with something bigger than a 5.3 would be towing . I only have a 2.0 TD Avensis and one of the slips I use frequently
is quite steep , on the others I don't think I would have a problem . Maybe convincing the wife that I need a 4x4 for a larger rib would be easier than finding a Ribcraft 5.3 at a good price . On reflection maybe not! .

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Tim, I think biggles is right to point you towards a slightly larger boat, there is a huge difference between 5.3m and 5.8m. However if the size is a real issue and you must have that size range then I would choose this over any of the others every time, although I appreciate its a personal view point.

http://www.boatsandoutboards.com/view/F118883/

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Hi Pete7

Spotted this one a while back and ticks a lot of the boxes . Always liked the "look" of the Ospreys although have never have seen one in the flesh .
All the reports on rib.net about them seem to be positive . Would prefer a
4 stroke or direct injection but could always upgrade in the future .
Would there be a significant difference between a 5.3 and 5.75 ? I do have some concerns on towing ( see response to Biggles ) ?.

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Think you are probably looking at the difference between a 3/4 tonne boat and a 1 tonne boat.

http://www.ospreyrib.com/frameset.htm
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