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Old 02 January 2015, 21:33   #31
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Safety will be dependent on the captain. Just keep it slow and make sure you choose days when the water is smooth. I have had a 3 year old and a 1 year out on the bay. No seat belts or straps, just make sure they have something solid to hold onto (no sitting on the tubes and holding the lifeline).

Not sure if you are OK with used but here are some decent deals down in So Cal.
Nautica 14' Yacht Tender - RIB - $4000 (San Pedro)

http://ventura.craigslist.org/boa/4790008210.html


They are Hypalon so it might even last longer than the new Duras.
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You don't want any live thing (kid, dog, well, maybe a mother-in-law - dunno) tied into the boat. You want them loose if it happens to overturn.

The advantage of buying lightly used is just like a car - you miss the initial depreciation hit.

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Old 03 January 2015, 05:14   #33
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You don't want any live thing (kid, dog, well, maybe a mother-in-law - dunno) tied into the boat. You want them loose if it happens to overturn.
This is the generally accepted school of thought but there is an alternative logic discussed here before: if you are in conditions where a capsize is likely you shouldn't have toddlers with you, and the risk of injury from slips and bumps in routine use is potentially greater. Very common on rag and stick boats to tie children down! Each skipper needs to make his own assessment.
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thinking about selling my searider this winter. take a look at my past post and see if it strikes your fancy. im in San Diego so it might be a bit of a drive.
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Very common on rag and stick boats to tie children down! Each skipper needs to make his own assessment.
Second point, granted. On the first, most blow boats have a cabin, and less of a "tub" on the deck (at least larger blow boats.)


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[QUOTE=jyasaki;661845]On the first, most blow boats have a cabin,[/QUOTE ] does that make kids tied in the cockpit more likely to serve an unexpected capsize? I'm not recommending it, but the reason everyone says no, seems very unlikely to me with responsible helmsmanship and parenting
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Old 04 January 2015, 17:38   #37
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What do you guys think about this one?

1998 Avon Boat

Is it an Avon Searider? What should I pay attention to when looking at the boat?

I am thinking of adding a new 30hp suzuki (160lb). With such an engine, should I get a jockey seat, or will a standing console be OK?
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bigger is better

I just sold my 14 foot Novurania, and now shopping for my next, bigger rib.

My boat was perfect for cruising around the bay, and calm conditions in the ocean.

I am one of those people that is stupid enough to own multiple boats, and this boat was the latest edition to my fleet.

The main reason I bought this boat was so I could go to Catalina Island and park on the dinghy docks. 14 feet is maximum length, so this boat was perfect.

I now realize after making the 37.5 mile crossing from Dana Point to Avalon Harbor a dozen times or so, that I was pretty lucky, or stupid. After logging 1000 plus miles on these trips I got stuck in small craft advisory coming back a few times, and it was a little spooky.

If you have any desire to go out in to the ocean, or in San Francisco Bay in less than perfect conditions, bigger is better.

I am now looking at 7M Willard or Zodiac type boats.

Good luck to you.
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What do you guys think about this one?

1998 Avon Boat

Is it an Avon Searider? What should I pay attention to when looking at the boat?

I am thinking of adding a new 30hp suzuki (160lb). With such an engine, should I get a jockey seat, or will a standing console be OK?
Its not a Searider. Price is ok if the seller is negotiable, since it comes with a trailer. Jockey is the way to go for comfort/safety but it takes a lot of deck space. You can do a small console and sit on your cooler. Look for any leaks with some soapy water. Look for any fiberglass damage or water damage. It should be easy to inspect if its on the trailer.

Here is the small Todd console I put on my old SIB. The console has a nice rail on top. It was probably solid enough to lift the whole boat up from the console.

Good luck as you continue with the search.
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I just sold my 14 foot Novurania, and now shopping for my next, bigger rib.

My boat was perfect for cruising around the bay, and calm conditions in the ocean.

I am one of those people that is stupid enough to own multiple boats, and this boat was the latest edition to my fleet.

The main reason I bought this boat was so I could go to Catalina Island and park on the dinghy docks. 14 feet is maximum length, so this boat was perfect.

I now realize after making the 37.5 mile crossing from Dana Point to Avalon Harbor a dozen times or so, that I was pretty lucky, or stupid. After logging 1000 plus miles on these trips I got stuck in small craft advisory coming back a few times, and it was a little spooky.

If you have any desire to go out in to the ocean, or in San Francisco Bay in less than perfect conditions, bigger is better.

I am now looking at 7M Willard or Zodiac type boats.

Good luck to you.
Good advice. I remember when I started out with a 13' SIB, I would always be checking the wind/water/tides. I hated it in the summer when it was windy on the bay. Then I got a SR4 and felt like king of the bay, but some trips outside of the golden gate bridge were a bit hairy. Then once I got the 20' SRMN, it was ribbing time any day.

I just googled it... That's quite a trip, Dana Point to Avalon Harbor. How much fuel did you carry/use on your rib? The only trip I have done like that up here is SF bay to the Farallones, but its only about 30 miles and there's no stopping on there.

There's a Hurricane 590 on eBay (located in Sac) right now with a BIY of 21K. Not a 733 but it is easily towable and very seaworthy.
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