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375 or 430 ?

375 or 430 ?

Postby Rasputin » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:33 pm

Hello !

I'm a new member, considering an F-RIB for a family boat for 2-3 man inshore fishing, and family trips to islands and hidden beaches around the IOM.

I'm not sure what to go for - the 375 or the 430. The 375 has the flat floor and would be a little easier to move around, but doesn't have the same interior space. I've not seen one in the flesh and don't have a local dealer anywhere near me that isn't a 4 hour ferry ride away. I was thinking about the Suzuki 20 motor.

You guys have a wealth of experience and I was wondering if you could give me some advice - would the 375 be big enough, or should I go for the 430 ?

Thanks !
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Re: 375 or 430 ?

Postby Paul B » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:40 pm

Hi mate and welcome to the forum, :welcome
I don’t have a F-rib so not ideally suited to give you the best answers, the F-ribs are great boats, a few members have the 375 so should be able to help, I’ve been out with Martin who has a 375 and I would say it’s a very roomy boat and plenty big eneough for 2 guys and fishing gear, not sure about 3 though,

Don’t know about the 430 as I’m not sure if anybody on the forum has one, there’s is one guy who has the sailing version who might be able to offer his ideas
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Re: 375 or 430 ?

Postby 9-R » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:25 pm

Welcome!

Had a 460 SIB. The bigger the better...if you can manage it somehow. We had a family of 5 so plenty of helpers. Took it out by myself or just my young boy and I which was only possible because I had it on a trailer.

With just my son and I fishing, we still liked the extra room and sturdiness.
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Re: 375 or 430 ?

Postby Martin » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:11 am

Hi & Welcome aboard. :thumbsup
The f-rib is indeed a fine craft, I have the 375 and it’s perfect for me, the mrs & the 7yr old daughter.
As Paul B says, we’ve been out fishing on mine on several occasions and it’s plenty big enough for that. 3-4 adults and it starts getting full as I’ve always plenty of safety gear, food/drink & clothing with me.

The Frib 375 no longer has the flat floor, that was a previous version with a double skin - i believe that craft is no longer in production.
The 375 that is available today is a single skin as the other Fribs.

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Re: 375 or 430 ?

Postby Rasputin » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:47 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome and the advice !

Looks like the 430 may be the way to go.

Do you guys have any wisdom/tips on moving outboards around in the back of a vehicle ?
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Re: 375 or 430 ?

Postby Mitch » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:12 am

Hi & welcome to the forum,
depends on what sort of vehicle you have, we've covered just about everything on here from cars, estates , pickups to trailers. I've got an estate & find it's not too bad now that i've made a dolley with wheels on for moving the engine & it just slides in on it's wheels.
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Re: 375 or 430 ?

Postby Paul » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:11 am

Hi Rasputin and :welcome to the forum
I've had my FRIB for 4 years or so now and love it so please don't take my following comments as being negative :no
Please think about your 'needs' and then weigh them up about the practicality of use :idea: ......... by that I mean don't make the mistake of thinking you'll always have 'crew' around to help you with the lifting, setting up, launching and packing away as I and many others have ..... family/friends can and will let you down when their novelty factor wears off :( .....this applies to any folding or solid boat unfortunately :thud
From your comments the 430 does appear to fit your 'needs' but be aware of its 'dead weight' of 68kg, its folded diamentions of 1150x1150x500 for transportation/handling purposes :idea: ... the Suzuki 20hp at 44kg will feel positively small and light in comparison :|
If you're not guaranteed having 'crew' present at all times then perhaps a lighter/smaller option might suit your 'needs' the majority of the time :|
Without knowing the vehicle you're using to transport it in, how strong and fit you are I'm perhaps doing you an injustice but I felt the need to comment before you pull the trigger :scratch
If you do go ahead I'm sure you'll be pleased as the folding rib is a fantastic bit of kit :D
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Re: 375 or 430 ?

Postby Martin » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:47 pm

I think Paul’s summed that up perfectly and well worth considering his input :respect
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Re: 375 or 430 ?

Postby Cliff » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:07 pm

Mitch's dolly is a good example of making things work for you. With a bit of forethought and ingenuity you can solve most problems yourself. :pump “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. ” ― Archimedes.
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