I've been lurking away on this site for ages. I've used it so many times as a reference point, and found it so unbelievably useful, that I thought I really ought to register so I could say a collective "thank you"! The collective wit and wisdom on here (well, the wisdom anyway ...
) is really amazing. people are so informative and helpful. Even when they're fighting over whether Ribeyes are any good or not!
Anyway. I think I am about to buy my first RIB (haven't yet done my sums yet but have got a pink ticket for another boat!). I do all my boating in the Highlands (Loch Linnhe/Sound of Mull). I already have a 21 foot Arvor, which is brilliant for fishing and people/dog/picnic moving, but my boys are teenagers now and they dpn't seem to find ringo-ing at 13 knots as exciting as they did when they were little
So I need something faster.
I am pretty set on a RIB and have picked up loads of tips from here
on hull, power, makes etc. I'm heading for something in the 5.5-6m range with about 100-140hp and a ski pole or a strong point on the A frame, made by Humber, Ribcraft, Ribeye, XS or Tornado. Budget (no more than 15k) doesn't seem to stretch to Osprey or Cobra!
BUT - serious heretic moment. Someone suggested to me a Scandinavian fibreglass boat like the Flipper 605 Flipper 605 Walkaround Boats for Sale
or the Nordkapp Enduro Yeoward Boatyards
The mrs has seen these alternatives (my fault
) and thinks they look glamorous. This has thrown my world into chaos
They look pretty and would certainly do the water toys job. But surely they can't be as seaworthy as a rib, can they? Life on my home waters is permanently lumpy - a Force 3 is a good day and 4-5 is typical. I can't see those things coping with that sort of sea in any comfort, surely? Also they're too poncy for the Highlands - boating up there = rain and wind and seagull poo and jellyfish and Goretex, not blondes in bikinis lying around on the sundeck! (hmmm .. maybe I'm boating in the wrong waters ...)
Please someone - tell me they're no good and I can go back to Plan A. I want a rib. But I need some back up! Help, ribnet!