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Old 06 March 2012, 23:21   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Devon
Boat name: Big Blue III
Make: Avon Adventure 580
Length: 4m +
Engine: Suzuki 140
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help required choosing RIB

Can you possibly help me please,.

I will be getting a bigger rib for this summer (second hand) and would like to know what the best one to go for. My budghet is about 15k and iim looking at between 6 and 6.5m with about a 175 max on board.

I have looked at the osprey vipermax 6.5, avon adventure 6.2, Solent, Ribtec 585; i did look at the ribeye 6.5 too, but i think its a little expensive and you dont get hyapalon to.

Uses - round the salcombe coastline, between plymouth and dartmouth & looking after 3 kids in safety and a bit of fun when im in it with the mates,.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to the ideal one to go for.


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Old 06 March 2012, 23:54   #2
Country: UK - Wales
Town: West Wales
Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
Length: 5m +
Engine: 150 Opti, F50EFi
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What age are the 3 x kids?

If they're very young, I think it may be a bit soon to be looking at a RIB. A boat with a deep cockpit may be wiser/safer/drier.

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Old 07 March 2012, 21:34   #3
Country: UK - England
Town: Devon
Make: Ribtec 585
Length: 5m +
Engine: 115
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i just sea trialed my new ( old 1999) 585 , i had it rigged with 2 double jockeys so the kids have plenty to hold on to, there's plenty of deck space for toys / coolers / fishing. what impressed me most was testing the boat out of Salcombe in messy sea ( 3 foot rollers bouncing off the cliffs with no constant direction ) how the hull did'nt slam at all , even when we got airborne we came down really softly. I probably would'nt have taken the kids out in that sort of sea on previous boat ( Tornado 5.2) as it slammed a bit, but the 585 is a really smooth ride. Can't comment on the other boats as i'v not been in them.
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Old 07 March 2012, 22:45   #4
Country: UK - England
Town: Sussex
Make: RIBTEC 655
Length: 6m +
Engine: Yam 150
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I'd go for something like the Avon/Ribeye arrangement with a good comfy layout for the family. I went for a Ribtec, it's a great sea worthy boat but more than I need as the family aren't interested in going out when the weather looks grim, so wasted on us. I did think about changing but kinda attached to it now.

If you want a trip on my 585 give me a shout.
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Old 08 March 2012, 06:56   #5
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Length: 5m +
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I had a ribeye 600 last year with a 115 Yamaha and I have to say it was a fantastic boat! I live in Torquay so it was used in similar areas that you mention, Torquay to Salcombe was easily doable!!

I've since sold the boat but I would buy another tomorrow!!

It's not so easy to find one that's TW only problem as they sell like hot cakes!!
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Old 08 March 2012, 13:13   #6
Country: UK - England
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I love my old 1991 ribtec 535
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Old 08 March 2012, 22:41   #7
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Town: Gloucester
Boat name: Lunasea
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Suzi 140
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Do think about seating with children - their age / height now & over lifeof rib is important - key wil lthe seating give then safe support?
I went for single jockeys over doubles or bench for this reason.

Havindg had an Avon I'm not sure the hull has deep enough v for great ride in chop. The usual well recommendedd brands will all do the job - Ribeye, Ribcraft, Humber etc. Layout & seating for your family safety & comfort I'd say is key
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Old 09 March 2012, 07:09   #8
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Boat name: delta rose
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Length: 5m +
Engine: 125 mariner
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We have a delta and have a jockey seat that all fit on together- oldest (10) behind me at the helm, youngest (7) next and mum at the back to hang on to them in big waves or just keep an eye on them both!!
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Old 09 March 2012, 07:47   #9
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I think you just have to try a few and see which you feel most at home with and also which suits your needs/budget, bit like buying a car

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Old 09 March 2012, 16:41   #10
Country: UK - England
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all ribeye 650`s are hypalon and some older 600`s or retubed ones are as well

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