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Old 30 December 2014, 04:01   #21
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What do you guys think about this one:

2003 Nautica 18' Widebody Rigid Hull Inflatable - $17995 (sausalito)
2003 Nautica 18' Widebody Rigid Hull Inflatable
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Old 30 December 2014, 11:49   #22
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That looks like a nice clean boat that should last. If you are serious about buying it, go on a sea trial. Let us know if you need any help looking at it, there's a few of us in the area that should be willing to help you look at a used boat.

I think it's good that you're looking at something in that size, I bet if you got a 14 or 15 foot rib you will want to upgrade right away... At least that's what happened with me.
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Old 30 December 2014, 12:17   #23
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Not sure if I want a used boat yet, but I have upped my budget and target length. Maybe a new Zodiac Pro Classic 550 ... for about $30k

Seriously, what would you say if someone asks, "what? you spend $30k on a rubber boat!"
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Old 30 December 2014, 15:07   #24
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The peace of mind of a brand-new boat is always good. Im sure you will find something. I think the best value would be a solid used hull with a new/newish motor. I have seen A bunch of those Zodiac 550s at the yacht club in SF, they look real nice. Let us know how your search goes and good luck!
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Old 30 December 2014, 17:10   #25
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That Nautica has been proven to be ocean worthy! Appears to be a nice ride. Go meet the owner at the docks and go for a ride. If he launches at the pay site not one of the public offer to pay the fees upfront. There is a free launch ramp in Sausalito, and of course Horse Shoe Cove IF the tides are right for a boat that size.
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Old 31 December 2014, 01:26   #26
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Not sure if I want a used boat yet, but I have upped my budget and target length. Maybe a new Zodiac Pro Classic 550 ... for about $30k

Seriously, what would you say if someone asks, "what? you spend $30k on a rubber boat!"

I'd say you were $15K short of what I paid.

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Old 02 January 2015, 14:20   #27
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Saw this on craigslist. The boat is in Sacramento

New 13Ft Duras Rib

It's only 13ft, but the $2900 price already includes the steering console, seat and engine controls. The dealer says that the console itself is $1200.

From the picture it looks like it can seat 4 people (very cozy). There are some wires behind the seat. Will it be possible to stand there (carefully) and fish without tripping or damaging the wires?
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Old 02 January 2015, 14:40   #28
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If there is room, theres no problem standing there. It only looks a bit sloppy because its all loose rigging. Once you get the motor on, you can arrange the loom out of the way. Keep in mind the motor will be there so there will be less space than you think.

Looks like a good starter boat.
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Old 02 January 2015, 16:02   #29
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I did some googling and it looks like Duras is marketed as Tohatsu in the UK:

IN STOCK NOW TOHATSU 4.2M Rib with 40hp RIBs and Inflatable Boats for sale in Devon, South West :: Boats and Outboards

Not sure what their reputation is, but the price is quite good.
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By the way, will a 3 year old boy will safe in such a boat? I.e., how easy would it be for him to fall out of the boat. Is there a way to tie him down safely and comfortable?
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