Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 29 September 2023, 17:04   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Join Date: Sep 2023
Posts: 2
Rib for use West coast Scotland

Hi folks, I am not new to boating! used to sail but times change. I am not too familiar with Ribs. I will be using this to travel from Kintyre across to my daughters house on the Isle of Gigha. Had a look at one yesterday almost new condition but its just under 4m long. Great engine and trailer. I will be launching off a sandy beach which does have matting down probably on my own so size matters. My first thought was i should be looking for something about 5m to cross this stretch of water. Of course it will be weather dependant but some advice on handling characteristics would be very welcome.
__________________
rodger.ostara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29 September 2023, 17:59   #2
Member
 
Pikey Dave's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: South Yorks
Boat name: Black Pig
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: DF140a
MMSI: 235111389
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 11,830
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodger.ostara View Post
Hi folks, I am not new to boating! used to sail but times change. I am not too familiar with Ribs. I will be using this to travel from Kintyre across to my daughters house on the Isle of Gigha. Had a look at one yesterday almost new condition but its just under 4m long. Great engine and trailer. I will be launching off a sandy beach which does have matting down probably on my own so size matters. My first thought was i should be looking for something about 5m to cross this stretch of water. Of course it will be weather dependant but some advice on handling characteristics would be very welcome.


Itís only just over a couple of miles, depending on where youíre landing on Gigha. Any RIB in the 4-5m class will be fine. TBF, if the weather is too bad to make the crossing in a 4m boat, chances are itíll be too rough for a 5m boat too. Iíd concentrate on a decent (I.e reliable) engine, rather than sweating too much over the RIB.
Iíd be happy to make that crossing in a decent SIB tbh.
__________________
Rule#2: Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level & then beat you with experience.
Rule#3: Tha' can't educate pork.
Rule#4:Don't feed the troll
Pikey Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29 September 2023, 18:15   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: East Anglia
Boat name: Nimrod II
Make: Aerotec 380
Length: 3m +
Engine: Tohatsu 9.8 2-stroke
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 8,187
>>be happy to make that crossing in a decent SIB tbh

That was rather my thinking, be happy to do that in our 3.8 SIB.

Mind you an old Searider with decent engine would be fun.
__________________
Fenlander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29 September 2023, 19:09   #4
Member
 
Pikey Dave's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: South Yorks
Boat name: Black Pig
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: DF140a
MMSI: 235111389
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 11,830
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fenlander View Post
Ö
Mind you an old Searider with decent engine would be fun.


Good shout[emoji106]
__________________
Rule#2: Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level & then beat you with experience.
Rule#3: Tha' can't educate pork.
Rule#4:Don't feed the troll
Pikey Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29 September 2023, 20:58   #5
Member
 
Steve509926's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Appley Bridge
Boat name: RedNeck
Make: Excel SD360
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury EFI 20HP
MMSI: 235924407
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 2,725
Hi Rodger and welcome to the forum.

Is that the only thing you will be doing with your "craft"? or do you have other uses in mind? Fishing, touring, taking on holiday elsewhere?
__________________
Steve509926 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 30 September 2023, 00:12   #6
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Join Date: Sep 2023
Posts: 2
Basically yes, our daughter stays on the island and we have bought a holiday home in Argyll. My pal on Gigha has two very solid boats for fishing trips. Maybe nip over to Islay and Jura but dont want fish guts in my Rib ������
__________________
rodger.ostara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30 September 2023, 01:32   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Frinton-on-Sea
Boat name: RibRoulete
Make: Highfield
Length: 6m +
Engine: Honda 150 FBW
MMSI: 232043399
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 201
What’s your budget is probably a better way to look at it.
__________________
mhill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30 September 2023, 09:37   #8
Member
 
Steve509926's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Appley Bridge
Boat name: RedNeck
Make: Excel SD360
Length: 3m +
Engine: Mercury EFI 20HP
MMSI: 235924407
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 2,725
A <4m sib can sometimes handle chop and waves better than a <4m rib.
I was recently coming back from Lismore to Benderloch (similar distance, very similar wind direction) wind over tide, and my 3.6 mtr sib handled it much better than the 3.8 Highfield I was travelling with. I managed to stay on the plane and was relatively comfortable, whilst the Highfield had to drop to displacement speed as they were being bounced all over the place.
I think, if at all possible, I'd want to have a sea trial in any used rib preferably in choppy conditions.
I wouldn't discount a decent sib, they do have a lot of things going for them.
__________________
Steve509926 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 30 September 2023, 20:24   #9
Member
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: north ayrshire
Boat name: charlie girl
Make: reiver 3.8/regal3760
Length: 10m +
Engine: 40hp 2st 2x6lp 315
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 3,652
Personally I'd look for the biggest boat you can comfortably manage to launch & recover on your own. There will be days when you could cross in a bathtub but there will also be days when you want to take items or passengers with you & bigger is usually better, not very often your out & think 'I wish I had a smaller boat' although if you go too large you might be thinking that when your fighting to get it on the trailer or off the beach. 4-5m would be a sensible option imho
__________________
beamishken is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rib

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT. The time now is 23:08.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.