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Old 05-31-2017, 04:08 PM   #1
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Favorite console style RIB?

I did some searching here and did not find a thread like this, so I'll start one.

What are your fave console style RIB's? I'm thinking like 12 footer. One friend of mine said he favors the Walker Bay. I see Twisted Tree has an AB.

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Old 05-31-2017, 04:53 PM   #2
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I have a 15 AB RIB And love it - wish I could get it on the boat. Tempted to upgrade the davit to do so.

We have an 11 Novurania with a 25hp Yamaha on the back on the boat, it's fine for our dinghy to shore needs but is a little wet.
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Can't help it, I like jets.

Now, if you're looking for ones to hang those things off of....outboard motors I think is what they're called, Novurania is very nice but expensive.

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I have a 15 AB RIB And love it - wish I could get it on the boat. Tempted to upgrade the davit to do so.

We have an 11 Novurania with a 25hp Yamaha on the back on the boat, it's fine for our dinghy to shore needs but is a little wet.
Wifey B: Size does matter. Seriously, I'd get the largest that the boat will allow. Amazing how much difference even an extra foot makes.
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Wifey B: Size does matter. Seriously, I'd get the largest that the boat will allow. Amazing how much difference even an extra foot makes.


Took me a while to move up from 11'soft bottom to 10'RIB, then to 12' RIB with a console, but no regrets. My transom won't take any more length or I would have gone bigger still.
Menzies: I had to strengthen my davits to get the 10 hoisted. Once that was done, I could handle the weight of the 12. 750 lb full load.

Mine is a Caribe. I am very happy with it, Hypalon tubes, FG hull, flat floor, bow tank, good sized console with fish finder/plotter, dry running in most conditions. 40 Honda gets me to 25 knots at WOT.
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I'm looking to upgrade to a console style model from our 10" AB but I'm quite concerned about the added weight. Right now, the AB is about 185lbs with ?lbs of a 15hp. Yamaha 2 stroke. The lifting tackle (original 1979 wooden mast) may not be able to take much more strain. It creaks and groans as it is....Hmmm....
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Wifey B: Size does matter. Seriously, I'd get the largest that the boat will allow. Amazing how much difference even an extra foot makes.
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Old 05-31-2017, 05:26 PM   #9
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Like Bob said, we have an AB with aluminum hull. Th Al hull is much lighter than FRP and consequently requires a smaller motor making it lighter yet again. The result is a much larger dinghy for the same weight. Our 15' is under 800 lbs all in. There was a long thread in this not too long ago.
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That Williams jet looks pretty awesome. No outboard to bang into the railings, scratch the boat deck, get stolen!

Has anyone driven one. Does it suck (pardon the pun) doing reverse? I have driven jet ski boats, they aren't too "precise" shall we say.
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The smallest and most useful one that comes to mind is the Bullfrog Yacht Tender
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Mr. A. Thanks for that. I'll look into it.
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:21 PM   #13
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Another vote for AB from me. Top quality. Like Twistedtree, we have one of the AL models with an aluminium hull for lighter weight (ours is the ALX13 model with a 40hp 4 stroke outboard).

Re Williams jet tender, I found manoeuvring those things at low speed is very tricky.

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We used to have a Novurania RIB (tiller steer, no center console) , but we changed to a 13' Rendova with 50 hp 4 stroke Yamaha and really like it. The one down side is the weight - and it sure is heavy - but that comes with the Rendova design of fibreglass sides coming up and over top of the tubes. This is why we got it as we have mounted downriggers and a prawn trap puller on it, plus my wife loves the extra confidence being able to step on and off a hard step. We have had it fishing offshore off Hakai, long runs across Georgia Strait, up some of the inlets up north, etc. Heavy and so handles seas really well - a real exploration vehicle!
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... we changed to a 13' Rendova with 50 hp 4 stroke Yamaha and really like it.
Rendova is out of business. Would probably want a new boat with a warranty.
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Not to high jack the thread, because we all have our own preferences, but I've never understood the appeal of a CC in a RIB under about 15'. The console and associated seats just take up so much space.

We have an 11' Caribe light, with no seats in it whatsoever and no floor, it's the "biggest" dinghy i could afford space and weight wise. It constantly seems to be full to overflowing with fishing tackle, free diving gear, groceries, beach chairs and umbrella, a big dog, water jugs, coolers....not to mention the 4 humans that use it.

I've looked at 12' ribs with consoles and wondered how people fit in them.

Might make it a little drier, I can see that, but it's a small boat, how dry can it be?

It's like, just my opinion, man.
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Greetings,
Mr. D. MY reason for replacing our current AB which is probably very similar to your Caribe is my failing back. I agree a console DOES take up room but I can only sit on a side tube for a very short period of time before the pain takes over. Back support is a MAJOR consideration. Capacity and dryness a very distant second place...
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My new RIB just became a poster for the Grand Inflatable Boats facebook page.
11 foot rib with console and steps in the tube ends plus a 20 hp Tohatsu was 11K Canadian with tax.
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There's also a decided difference in how people use dinghies or tenders. Many of you use them to get to and from shore from an anchorage. We very seldom use them for that purpose. We use them to go explore so speed is important, seating capacity is important. We normally launch them at marinas. On the other hand open space and carrying capacity isn't important to us because we don't use them as shopping vehicles.
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