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ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby Cliff » 01 Jan 2018, 22:09

Hi All,
I'm having some second thoughts about the sib that I plan to buy, I really fancy a rib after perusing the site. I'll state what my criteria are, and any advice would be gratefully received. I want a boat that will fit on my Discovery. I have a large industrial roofrack fitted. I have a caravan, so that is why I want it on the roofrack, the boat, not the caravan :) . The Tohatsu 9.8 will fit in the back of the disco. I also want to be able to self launch using launching wheels rather than having to use slipways, so from beach as well, Is there a rib that is light enough to put on a roofrack and solo launch, or a similar rigid boat that'll do the trick and be capable of sea fishing, preferably unsinkable, around the 3.0 m mark. I could adapt the roofrack to assist getting it on and off (sliding ramps maybe) Money is also a consideration. Or am I better staying with a sib :help Regards Cliff
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby Andy B » 01 Jan 2018, 22:17

I've got this.
not sure about getting it on the roof of a discovery though???
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby PaulR » 01 Jan 2018, 22:31

Hi Cliff
Have you considered the F-Rib, folded it will fit in your caravan or in your car and unfolded it will fit on a roof rack.
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby Martin » 01 Jan 2018, 23:10

I was wondering if you’d considered the weight etc of the possible rib purchase when you advised possibly carrying on the roof.
The best all round in my personal opinion is the f-rib. It folds away like a sib, has a hard hull like a rib and performs superbly as a family boat or a bad ass sib on steroids :drive

Failing that, I’m a huge fan of the high pressure “V” air floor honwaves. They have a fair flattish floor at the rear but quite a deep v at the bow to cut through the chop.
They again perform all actions well and are relatively light and will certainly pack away well.

These are my personal opinions, having owned a honwave previously and now a very delighted f-rib 375 owner.
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby Paul B » 02 Jan 2018, 10:27

I’ve seen sibs on roof racks before but never seen a rib, like already said, might be a bit heavy and difficult to get up onto the disco,
The Frib is a cracking compromise, or even as stated the Honwave or similar make sib would be an easier bet,
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby Cliff » 02 Jan 2018, 11:58

Andy B wrote:I've got this.
not sure about getting it on the roof of a discovery though???


Thanks Andy, looks like that rig would be a contender, Have you any specs for the boat, size, weight etc. Googling Caribe gets US sites, any in UK? Cheers Cliff
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby Cliff » 02 Jan 2018, 12:35

Thanks Paul B Paul R & Martin,
You are all reinforcing my feeling that a F-Rib is the way to go. I then have the option of transport on top or inside the disco. Seeing as I will be mainly solo the F- Rib 275 which is only a bit smaller than the 3.0m sib I was planning on will probably be my preference. I'm committed to buying the Tohatsu 9.8 from MES. (I've been told that it is actually 10 hp, and classed lower to meet some french regulation) so being the top size recommended engine, it should shift. I will have to delay getting in the water till spring, to save up the extra pennies for the upgrade, but I'm sure it will be worth it after all the good things I've heard on here. Regards Cliff :IANW
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby Cliff » 02 Jan 2018, 13:29

Or maybe a 330 will be a better option!
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby sparerib » 02 Jan 2018, 15:49

I've got a Mercury 340 rib at 3.4 m long and there is no way that Schwarzenegger could lift it on to a Discos roof let alone me :rofl

I'd go sib if you really want it up there, even then you better get down the gym !
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Re: ADVICE ON A ROOFRACK BOAT

Postby Paul B » 02 Jan 2018, 16:01

If you really want to use the roof rack, I’d say it’s got to be a sib , even the Frib will be bloody difficult to get up onto the roof ,
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