New F-Rib 430 - review

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New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Shaun » 22 Jun 2018, 15:20

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Hello

So, where to begin. Firstly im still a noob when it comes to ribs/sibs/fribs. My 430 arrived friday the 15th june, new rollerbunk rollers also arrived same day and the fun began. Quickly fit the rollers and inflated the the frib. Set her on the rollers and adjusted accordingly. Added my Evinrude ETEC 30 to the back and all looked super. Even measured and found that the setup now fit in my garage without having to take the motor off. Just needed to fold back the nose and 1st section.
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Sea trials...

Launched at Marina Developments, what a pleasure with the rollers!! down and in the water in less then 1 minute!!

Set out from there into a bit of a breeze, small chop and was expecting a lot of spray from the front. Remarkably little to no spray. Went out the mouth into the wild where there was a fair bit of chop, waves about 4 foot. This little frib performed fantastically, stayed her course and cut through the rough like a hot knife through butter. Headed back into the bay and decided to head towards Bosham Quay, there was a nice flat section and no harbor patrol so i opened her up. Topped out at about 25 knots. From the rear seat looking over the nose isnt a problem, there wasnt much lift either when opening the throttle fully from 0. Got onto plane really quickly after playing with the trim a little. Only 1 issue, seems to have a bit of ventilation at speed when turning. Doesnt have a big impact but noticed it a few times.

Back at the docks and time to pull her out of the water, reversed the trailer to the waters edge, hooked up the wench and within seconds she was seated on her rollers. Love them roller bunks.

There where 2 of us in the FRIB both about 90Kgs each. Even jumping waves wasnt an issue and she was steady on touchdown.

Time to pimp her out for fishing....

Photos to follow when im not at work.
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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Shaun » 22 Jun 2018, 15:36

Cant edit the post anymore.... :(

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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by ChrisParish » 22 Jun 2018, 16:24

Looks ace!
I wish I had storage space for something like that. 😕
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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Steve » 22 Jun 2018, 17:57

What a great write up with photos too! Looks like you’re well happy Shaun!

:cheers

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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Shaun » 25 Jun 2018, 11:34

Quick update to my review.....

Went out Saturday again, this time launching was much smoother and quicker (now know what im doing). Parked the car and off we went. Headed straight out to open waters. Small waves but nothing this baby couldn't handle. This was the real test, how would she handle in some rougher waters and would there be loads of spray. Once i got past that 8knots restriction point i opened her up a little, that little 30hp purred like a kitten at about half throttle. FRIB cut through the waves nicely and cant say i felt a drop of spray hit me. once we got past a small flotilla of sailing boats i figured id really open her up, so took the throttle to 75% and was well pleased with how well she handled the waves. Went airborne on a few larger waves, touchdown was as if she never left the water. Ok i felt the jolt of being dragged back down by gravity but the FRIB just kept motoring along in a straight line. Hayling to isle of white in about 20min! we spend the day coasting around IoW before heading back with the tide. I gave the throttle to my friend and i went to sit in the front to enjoy the sunshine. She decided to test her metal by opening up a little, and since we going with the tide i was expecting a lot of movement in the front as we cruised over the rolling waves but was impressed that there was hardly any.

Id say yes to anyone wanting to go for a FRIB430, id even say add a 30hp (not sure about a 4-stroke) to it as mine performed well and the whole setup works.

Ill add some more photos once all the fishing gear and fitting are installed. Ill also be adding a canopy as i think i might have gotten a bit too much sun. Wont be a full canopy, probably just one that covers the rear where ill be spending most of the time when out fishing. Also anyone know where i can get a good waterproof non oily factor 100 suntan lotion?

Thanks for reading.
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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Martin » 25 Jun 2018, 21:15

Shaun wrote:
22 Jun 2018, 15:36
Cant edit the post anymore.... :(
Sorry Shaun- there’s a time limit on the editing function, we all just generally make another post if it’s gone over the edit time limit.

The frib is sounding grand, and you sound very pleased with it. Congratulations :clappy
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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Alan » 29 Jun 2018, 14:55

Great to hear your experience with the 430 is so good. I just bought the 375 because of the 430 weight would complicate my assembly when alone. I have a 20hp coming shortly for the same reason. Hope I made the best choice! Does it take 2 people to move the folded boat.

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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Martin » 29 Jun 2018, 19:06

Hi Alan, Welcome aboard... i've seen your other post so i'll welcome you there too :lol:
I have the frib 375 with a 20hp suzuki efi, i can manage the boat all on my own no problem when empty/folded.
Easy enough too when kitted out unless i have a bow full of fuel, sandwiches, fishing gear and camping gear... then it breaks my back :?

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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Shaun » 30 Jun 2018, 13:14

Alan wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 14:55
Great to hear your experience with the 430 is so good. I just bought the 375 because of the 430 weight would complicate my assembly when alone. I have a 20hp coming shortly for the same reason. Hope I made the best choice! Does it take 2 people to move the folded boat.
It depends, how will you be moving it. I would say get a trolley and retro fit it so that you can move it all alone. Its not that heavy.

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Re: New F-Rib 430 - review

Post by Fly360 » 07 Jul 2018, 17:31

Do you happen to know what the actual packed dimensions are for the 430? I've seen the manufacturers numbers, but I'm curious if they are accurate.

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