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Old 31 October 2020, 03:17   #1
Country: UK - England
Make: Bobkat (Thundercat)
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Advice for a tough RIB brand

Hey there
Iím looking to buy a second hand 6m to 7m m RIB with a flexible budget, but likely around £20k including engine & trailer.

I need to be able to leave it on a swinging mooring for most of the season (April to Sept) so itíll be getting a bit of a punishing from wind, rain, sun and more! It could also be a drying mooring so add in that for a bit of extra bashing around every 16 hours!

My gut says I need to look for sturdier RIB brands that are built for tougher action, and to avoid the lightweight ďleisureĒ RIBs. Would you guys agree?
Which brands would you advise to look out for? And which to avoid?

Iím budgeting for needing a reliable solar powered bilge pump with its own battery.


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Old 31 October 2020, 04:30   #2
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I know this is a RIB forum, but would a hard boat be better at meeting your requirements?

Whilst tubes tend to be reasonably resilient, they require more TLC than an equivalent hard boat.

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Old 31 October 2020, 04:38   #3
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Manufacturer advice will be incoming Iím sure but on a general basis, you need a rib that floats with the tubes clear of the water at rest and an overall cover to keep the tubes out of the sun.
On a drying mooring IMO youíd be safer with a hard boat....?!
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Old 31 October 2020, 13:11   #4
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People do keep ribs on moorings without covers.

Some RIB hulls can be fully self draining, might avoid the bilge pump.

You'd almost certainly want hypalon
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