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Old 30 August 2018, 17:09   #31
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It's a 545 ....plenty of info on here already on that much vaunted fine sub 5.5m!!... side by side seating internal fuel tanked (optional) proper deep V bilge well equipped Mighty MouseXPit Bull of a RIB!


The only thing that would put me off is the longshaft transom, if it's re-engined in the future with a 4stroke, it might be a bit wet around the rear.
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Old 31 August 2018, 12:02   #32
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it might be a bit wet around the rear.
It's a rib man, not a gondola.
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Old 02 September 2018, 02:13   #33
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I’ve found a Ribeye 500 that is more in my current price range, my question is apart from the difference of 0.5 meters in length of the 500 and 550, is there much else different? Seating config, console etc all seem to be the same. The 500 comes with an 80 instead of the 100 that most 550’e seemed to have strapped on. Would you notice much performance difference in the two engines?
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Old 02 September 2018, 03:53   #34
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You would notice a performance difference putting an 80 on a 5.5 although it would probably be just about OK. The shorter boat should be lighter and easier to get moving hence why itís rigged with a less powerful engine. Side by side on flat water Iíd be surprised if the 500/80 and 550/100 weíre giving very similar experiences. You would notice the 0.5m in more difficult water though.
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I would mainly be playing around off the coast of Brighton, Chichester with the occasional trip to IOW. In an ideal world I would like the 600 but my budget simply wonít allow. So itís 550 or 500.

Iíve seen a 550 priced at £12 and a 500 at £10k. Iím just trying to weigh up whether that extra 0.5 meters and 20hp really warrants the extra 2k. Both RIBís are similar age, condition and hours on the engines.
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If you really want a 6m donít buy a 5! I know full well that another 2k is not always easy to come by - but somethimes its worth holding on to save up - you are going to spend that on insurance, storage, fuel, etc in the first year... or widen your search; are you paying a premium for a ribeye when something else would do the job for your budget - especially come October/November when the owner is looking at storage costs!
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Old 03 September 2018, 16:42   #38
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I've just put a deposit on a Ribeye 550/Yam 100, for £10 k so they are about but you have to be quick.

I'm going from a 460 Open Rib/50 Merc so hoping to see a major difference. I went on a 5M rib a few weeks ago to the IOW in rough conditions and it was at that point I knew I had to go bigger.

Like you I would like a 6-6.5 but cant afford atm.

My Advice would be hold out for a minimum of 5.5 or you will be trading it in sooner than you thought.

Picking mine up at the weekend so will be out Sunday all being well, Can't wait :-)
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No such luck thus far, I guess people will soon be thinking about winter storage / costs extra. Is Sept / Oct when more come on the market?
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