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Old 11 May 2005, 09:38   #1
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Want something under 6m?

On Sunday I got a sneak preview and a drive of a brand new 5.5m rib.
It is due to be launched at Ribex.
The boat had a Yamaha f100 bolted on the back.

I took it out from Gunwarfe and had a blat about.
GPS speed of 45MPH reached!!!
Made my eyes water!!

Like the other boats in the range it has great sea keeping.
Not just my view but that of some of those in the know.

Would make and ideal school boat or starter rib.

Twin consol with twin jockeys and seating in front of the consol.
Plans for a bench in the rear.

Look out for it at Ribex!!

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Old 11 May 2005, 10:02   #2
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yes my dad has a 5.3 with a 90 , so slighter smaller and slower , but it definetly goes makes my eyes water 2 !!!
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Old 11 May 2005, 16:46   #3
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Did just over 46 mph on my new Zodiac Pro Open 5.5 with a johnson 90hp 2 stroke at the weekend. So nah-nah !
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Old 11 May 2005, 17:02   #4
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Is this an XS RIB ?
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Old 11 May 2005, 18:31   #5
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Is this an XS RIB ?
It might be. I know XS-RIBs will be at RIBEX. If it is I'd hardly call it a launch considering they've been around for well over a year at this stage. Ashbypower and Limeydal both have XS-550s too so its hardly new.

Maybe they're planning on unveiling who build the hull at RIBEX maybe??

Over to you Jon??
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Old 11 May 2005, 19:18   #6
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Maybe they're planning on unveiling who build the hull at RIBEX maybe??
I'm sure that was unveiled a few months ago on here (or was it on Boatmad? )
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Old 11 May 2005, 23:44   #7
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you guys are getting me all excited. I am making an offer on a pro 550 in the morning to add to our fleet of commerical tow boats. We run aluminum boats now with a very steep dead rise in the bow , unfortunately it flattens substantial towards stern giving us a miserable ride under high speed response conditions. Hence the reason why we are going to try a rib. Smoother ride and smoking fast. I have read a few posts on this board claiming 45+ with 90hp engines on the same boat. I am assuming you all are at sea level. My location is 6300 feet so i suspect i will see slightly slower speeds however i will be running a 115 yamaha. Usually we deduct about 10% -12% horsepower for the elevation to calculate our estimated speeds.

What pitch props are you guys running and are you using a 3 blade or a 4 blade. Also are you using a cleaver style prop or a lobe ?

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If you carry on like this you'll have to put JBT Marine/Ballistic in your sig instead of ICOM!

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Old 12 May 2005, 03:34   #9
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I'm sure that was unveiled a few months ago on here (or was it on Boatmad? )
Nope, well it definitely wasn't here and I just had a look on Boatmad and couldn't spot anything??
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It might be the "new" Ballistic 5.5.

It's actually a good boat, but you have to keep some weight up in the front, or it's jumping around.

I don't actually think you can call it a new boat, they have just cut about 1 mter off the back of the 6.5.

But it does look promising.

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Old 12 May 2005, 07:37   #11
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Who needs a new 5.5 when you have all that you could possibly want in the Ribcraft 5.3. Twin console. seats 4. Built like a tank and will do 40+

But I am a bit bias !!!
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Old 12 May 2005, 18:11   #12
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Jon

If you carry on like this you'll have to put JBT Marine/Ballistic in your sig instead of ICOM!

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How woode

I have lots of good things to say about a few ribs not just those of JBT.

I love the Redbay's but are well out of my price range
Great people to work with.

I have had some great safe times in Humbers too.

Talking of them, give a set of their tubes and a hull to the Welsh Wizard John Price and his team and IMHO you get and awsome craft.
If you want a large commercial boat you could do a lot worse.

I can't comment on boats I have not been out on and sent time on.

Having not spent any time on the kit for Barnet I can only comment on the compay.
Again great people to do business with, I always know where I stand with them.
They were a great help last weekend.
I rate them very highly.

Then JBT, I have been lucky enough to spend a fair bit of time on the Balistics and I do rate them.
The team are really nice people, they are always willing to help me out if I need it.
One of my oldest contact and friends in the marine industry works for them.
He is like a member of my family, a fav uncle.
So yes I do have a lot of time for them.

But I will do what ever I can for any of my dealers

Anyway enough of this!!!
I am a radio man what the hell do I know about boats

Anyway the 5.5m was a Riblistic quintechbay 5.5m parX


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I see your an ICOM guy. My company uses ICOMS exclusively. Currently using 7 ICOM radio units coupled with shakespere antennas. The radios simply smoke the competition. Since our communication is of the emergency type we need to have the best. Recently i was disappointed when ICOM removed an inexpensive unit from their line however they quickly replaced that unit with a much better unit, which i didnt think was possible


GO ICOM !!!!


you really do need a good antenna though.......


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