First time posting and looking at purchasing an inflatable RIB to tote around the beach and possibly to some local islands here in Southern California. Very excited buy trying to stay grounded.
One of my main concerns is cost. The one thing I have going is that my father had a similar boat in the mid to late 80's and has stored his 15 hp Mercury ever since. I'm wondering if this is even worth fixing up.
I've gone to a local place here and they told me they would not work on it do to finding parts difficult. However, they gave me another individuals name to contact, which I believe is a Mercury dealer.
Doing some quick googling, it seems that the costs to tune up could be any where from a couple hundred to a grand. Those prices don't bother me, but vs a new or recently used, would it even be worth it? Would you personally use it to trek a channel and cover 18 miles in a small RIB?
Thanks for your help!