Originally Posted by CarlB
I do not yet own a RIB but I am looking to buy one, but was hoping for some honest advice as to which is the best one to get.
We are a large family so would like it able to hold say 8-12 people but for storing restrictions it can be no longer than 5.8 metres. We want to be able to nip up over from Mudeford to the Isle of White. I am told it should be category b for this.... But not all boats disclose their rating. In particular the Highfield OM540. I am not sure how important all this is?
As someone else said to go over the Solent safely (in case weather turns) it would need to 7 meters plus. So I am confused any help and advice would be much appreciated.
Welcome to Ribnet
First things first-you need at least a 6.5m boat with 200+hp before you're going to be safely carrying that many people and managing to plane. It's pretty much non-negotiable. If you can't store bigger than 5.8m, then you won't get everyone aboard safely and it's likely to be a massive disappointment.
Cat B or C is unimportant if you've got a 6.5m boat. A lot are cat C simply because it costs loads more to certify cat B.
Ideally you need a 7m+ boat-but not because of the weather, just because you need proper seats for that number of people and to be able to take a big enough motor to plane with getting on for a tonne of people aboard.
For a good example, my 7.8m will carry a max of 8, uprateable to 10 persons with safe seating.
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