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Old 09 September 2018, 10:58   #21
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Old 09 September 2018, 11:25   #22
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Various models with the older ones having 110hp I boards. I am getting one after researching a wide variety in that length, 6.0m to 7m. There are lots of them about. Some variant, notably the Marlins, are more adapted for fishing out in the bay or lake.
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As the title suggests what boat would you buy if you did not buy a rib.
Depending on planned usage. If for regular trips of at least one week, then the newest 40ft catamaran that fits in the budget. Just make sure that sails and the standing rig are either serviceable or budgeted for.
If for weekend sailing, then a 35-40ft yacht.
If for day long adventures then a nice RIB will do
Sorry, heavy motor boats don't cut it for me...
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Old 09 September 2018, 11:47   #24
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Nice ????????....That's butt ugly.
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Old 09 September 2018, 11:55   #25
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An axopar or a XO or a Buster
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Old 09 September 2018, 13:39   #26
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Looks like a shoe box with an outboard......
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Old 09 September 2018, 13:44   #27
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It's each to their own with boat aesthetics. There was a thread on here about RIB styles with some people liking 'pretty' boats and others where form follows function.

I'm quite surprised no one has mentioned Targa.
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Old 09 September 2018, 14:08   #28
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Anything with a cuddy and a soft seat. Been out today F4 gusting F6, soaked with prevailing wind whipping up the sea. Probably last trip of the season. Oh for a cup if tea and the novelty of watching the windscreen wiper! Getting too old for this malarkey.
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Old 09 September 2018, 14:52   #29
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Xo 27 Forward cabin with 370 yanmar
My thoughts precisely Sir!

Listen to that horrible engine

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Old 09 September 2018, 15:00   #31
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Thanks Paul, but itís a moot point, Iíll never have the budget. If my numbers come up & Iíve a spare £5m spare change however.....
Similarly, but I still occasionally have a browse for interesting ideas if nothing else :-).

Even if I could afford it, at the end of the day, there's no real point in having a boat like that unless you're going off on some serious long term cruising.
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Old 09 September 2018, 15:02   #32
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......unless you're going off on some serious long term cruising.


Which is what Iíd do, given the time & budget. Hey ho, can but dream
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I will throw this one into the mix how about a flugga work boat functional and tough as old boots
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Merry Fisher 695. Plenty of well lit cabin room, similar to a flybridge, but can easily sit on a trailer & save a few £thousand p.a. on marina costs
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I will throw this one into the mix how about a flugga work boat functional and tough as old boots

Welcome to the world of polyethylene boats! Jonp should try it - if he punctures one of them heíll probably get a prize!

Personally if rib/sib-like boats didnít suit my intended use it would probably be because like Jerry I was trying to make multiday trips and stay on board with a little comfort - so perhaps something like a Fisher 30, 34 or 37 depending on budget.
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Merry Fisher 695. Plenty of well lit cabin room, similar to a flybridge, but can easily sit on a trailer & save a few £thousand p.a. on marina costs
Iíd be a little wary of the Merry fisher /Beneteau style of boat, not my choice of words but Iíve heard them being called floating caravans..............also they donít have a good sea keeping reputation - nothing like a botnia targa or equivillant, or a rib for that matter
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Old 09 September 2018, 17:58   #37
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I’d be a little wary of the Merry fisher /Beneteau style of boat, not my choice of words but I’ve heard them being called floating caravans..............also they don’t have a good sea keeping reputation - nothing like a botnia targa or equivillant, or a rib for that matter
True, very true .............

At one time or another I have helmed most of the range and owned a few as well. Sea keeping ability is not great but most of them share a worrying trait ........ if they are not driven on the throttle in a snotty sea then they tend to surf down waves and try to broach ..........the unwary can easily be caught out ............. they also roll a lot at anchor

If I couldnt have a RIB then probably a cheeta cat would be at the top of the short list. If the numbers came up then a large 'Rodman' or a '4 winns'
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What boat would you buy it not a rib

I go for one of these,
https://www.radonboats.com/boats/signature26.html

Itís a Southern California standard in boating.

Not sure if I can ever pull it off but it will be my next boat. The rib is great but a cabin and a windless are becoming more and more important as I (and my crew) gets older.
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True, very true .............

At one time or another I have helmed most of the range and owned a few as well. Sea keeping ability is not great but most of them share a worrying trait ........ if they are not driven on the throttle in a snotty sea then they tend to surf down waves and try to broach ..........the unwary can easily be caught out ............. they also roll a lot at anchor


I was unfortunate enough to have the use of a Merry Fisher for a couple of weeks in France. Probably the worst thing Iíve ever been to sea in, apart from a fast cat ferry.
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beneteau antares 7 & merryfisher 6.95 with 175-200 hp good boats for money. the big advantage of towing due to weight
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