Originally Posted by Lordy
As I'm pretty new to boating, however, could anyone point me at a good site for advice on RIB's for starters?
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I would suggest you look for a RIB around 5.5 to 6 metres. A 90 or 115hp outboard is plenty, although it is common to fit bigger engines.
No problem buying second hand. In fact I'd recommend it for your first boat, because whatever you get you'll probably want to change it after a season or two as you'll get a feel for what you really want.
Dories are fine in sheltered water, and lots of people have started with them. They tend to give a hard ride when the sea gets a little choppy, and you'd probably be happier for longer with a RIB.
As for which to choose, have a browse around here. There's lots to read.
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