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Old 19 August 2018, 08:26   #1
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Ribeye 550 :)

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I'm looking to purchase my first RIB, not ideal timing having missed possibly the best boating summer ever.

I'm looking for a Ribeye A550 as a nice little starter, mainly for day trips out of Brighton with a bit of wake boarding. Budget is fairly limited with it being the first purchase at 10K-15K.

Many thanks in advance

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Old 19 August 2018, 15:01   #2
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i think for that sort of money you should get a good quality boat with high spec
i just recently lost my ribeye with a 90 hp engine and it was great.
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Old 19 August 2018, 15:24   #3
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What would you suggest? The ribeye 550's that I have seen online seem to be going for that type of money.
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i have been spending a lot of time recently (months) looking for a rib and i see where your coming from.
i would keep searching, try to aim for private sales, more boat less money.
the boat you want is out there.
have you considered a different model or make. there are compatible and even better than the ribeye, but it is a lovely boat.
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Old 20 August 2018, 11:11   #5
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Hi All



I'm looking to purchase my first RIB, not ideal timing having missed possibly the best boating summer ever.



I'm looking for a Ribeye A550 as a nice little starter, mainly for day trips out of Brighton with a bit of wake boarding. Budget is fairly limited with it being the first purchase at 10K-15K.



Many thanks in advance



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That's a healthy budget for a starter boat. However, when buying used, you buy what's available, not what you want, unless you are lucky & drop on. You may miss out on another perfect summer unless you're prepared to compromise. Don't get fixated on one brand/model, you will limit your choices.
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Any reason why you've picked Ribeye alone? There are several other superb UK builders to choose from?
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We were in Yarmouth harbour a few weeks ago and a chap came over and was asking a few question about my Stingher, he had a nice looking 7.5-8m all black ribeye, I guess one of the new style boats. I asked how he found the ribeye and he replied the fit and finish wasn’t very good whilst he pulled quite a grumpy face - fair enough was my reply! Lol
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One just listed on a Facebook page in Tenby 100hp yam funtime550
£12500
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We were in Yarmouth harbour a few weeks ago and a chap came over and was asking a few question about my Stingher, he had a nice looking 7.5-8m all black ribeye, I guess one of the new style boats. I asked how he found the ribeye and he replied the fit and finish wasn’t very good whilst he pulled quite a grumpy face - fair enough was my reply! Lol
That looks a nice boat for a family.

Grumpy face - but his wallet was probably full of the difference in price between a Ribeye and stingher!

I believe some of the very old Ribeyes weren’t very well built, (based on reading) but I’ve seen a number of them over the last 8yrs being run commercially and privately in and around Anglesey and noted two things. They seem a well balanced boat, with a deep enough V to run well enough in most seas, yet going well for their horsepower. Secondly, none seem to have fallen apart. Ribride in Anglesey run a few and have run them hard/regularly for a good few years now.

I see no reason to avoid them, unlike other brands that IMHO really are a bit plasticky, with a very “mass produced/throw away” feel - Valiant and possibly Brig for example. Though I may be wrong, as I was about Ribeyes.

Horses for courses... and budgets!
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Old 22 August 2018, 07:54   #10
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We have a 5 year old Ribeye A600 and the build quality is superb.

I still have a grumpy face though.
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