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Old 25 September 2019, 04:25   #21
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Just wanted to close out this thread, I've looked at lots of ribs in the past few weeks and it became obvious to me that at present I can not afford to buy the type and quality of rib I would want. So I've bought a 19ft fletcher arrowbeau GTS to use for next season as a great deal literally fell into my lap, and I'll see how I get on.

I'll continue to save up some more cash to buy a nice rib in hopefully the not too distant future, but at least I'm back on the water.
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Old 30 September 2019, 02:55   #22
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Just wanted to close out this thread, I've looked at lots of ribs in the past few weeks and it became obvious to me that at present I can not afford to buy the type and quality of rib I would want. So I've bought a 19ft fletcher arrowbeau GTS to use for next season as a great deal literally fell into my lap, and I'll see how I get on.

I'll continue to save up some more cash to buy a nice rib in hopefully the not too distant future, but at least I'm back on the water.
You cant beat a Fletcher Good Purchase
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Old 07 June 2020, 10:21   #23
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Hi Kristoff and all.
I am now "in the same boat" as you were a year ago although I am looking at all sorts of options. Just sold a Regal 1800 LSR Bowrider, great boat but heavy on juice.

I am looking for something new or nearly new and have looked at Ribeye A550 (expensive but my preference) Highfield OM540 DL, Rib-x XP 550 or a Grand G500
I am a fair weather boater but my activities include with the most popular at the top.
1. Launch at Exmouth and Head to Sidmouth (approx 15 miles) and 30 miles trips along the coast
2. A spot of fishing (approx 5 people on board)
3. Must have an A Frame to tow from - we do wakeboard
4. Ideally under 6m to get in the marina easier at Exmouth

What are your thoughts ? I am looking to keep for min 5 years and any sharing of experience is welcome. I purchased a Valiant 450 20 years ago and vowed I would never have another Rib after a rushed trips back to Exmouth when the weather turned but I know its size was the issue.

Thanks in advance - Martin
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Old 08 June 2020, 03:44   #24
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From your list, definitely the Ribeye!! IMO obviously.
If you can stretch it to 6m you have more options and much better seakeeping.
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Old 13 June 2020, 04:15   #25
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Hi All
Well after talking to many people I've made a decision and placed a deposit.
I was very close to buying a Grand G500 from Wills Marine as I found them really good to deal with but at the final hour Ribeye had a really nice 2014 A550 come in in part ex which I have now ordered. Whilst its the same price as a new Grand G500 I wanted a boat that would hand the unpredictable UK waters better and in my opinion the Ribeye is designed for use in the waters where I use the boat.
I will keep you posted on how it goes.
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