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Old 23 December 2014, 01:18   #1
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Any good/cheap RIB on the west coast

I am looking for a new RIB, 14 ~ 16 ft.

I found this 14ft RIB, new for just $4300. Seems like a good deal. But they are in Michigan and no dealers on the west coast, so I am not sure if I should get it.

SXV420N 13'9 ft. Raider - Spring Lake Boat Sales

Are there anything comparable on the west coast? Any suggestions for dealers?

This one seems good for my price range, too, but the seller is in Connecticut

Mercury 430 Rigid Hull Inflatable ( RIB ) 13' 9", White Hypalon, 2014

Any suggestions!
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Old 23 December 2014, 02:30   #2
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Where are you and what are you looking to do with the boat? fresh water, salt? Fish dive? It all adds up for a recommendation.

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Old 23 December 2014, 02:41   #3
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Where are you and what are you looking to do with the boat? fresh water, salt? Fish dive? It all adds up for a recommendation.

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I live in the Bay Area, and want to go fishing at Santa Curz and Half Moon Bay, within a few miles from the coast.
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Old 23 December 2014, 02:50   #4
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BTW, just found the Mercury Ocean Runner 430.

https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/...specifications

Any feedbacks on this one?
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Inmar (formerly JP Marine) has some cool ribs in that size and they are in Ca. Are you strictly looking for new? You can find a lot of nice used ribs in that size.
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Thanks for the tip! The Inmar boats look cool and they seem to have a deeper V than the Mercury Ocean Runner.

Where to look for used RIBs? I tried craigslist (sfbay, santa cruz, LA) but don't see many listings.
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Just keep checking craigslist. Ive purchased all my ribs from craigslist. The last two were in San Diego. Did you have a motor already? Price range?
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No motor (or anything boat related) yet. This would be my first boat.

My price range is about $10K. My garage limits the boat to about 17ft. If over $10K, I am thinking of buying an aluminum boat instead, like the Klamath 16 EXW or Hewescraft 16 SM.

How long did you look before you found your current boat?
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If you are talking open ocean you would probably be happier with a slightly larger RIB in the 16' range. I believe there was an Avon SR 5.4m available somewhere here in the Bay Area. You can get a folding tongue for your trailer to get it in the garage.
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Good advice above from Peter.

I always look for decent used ribs on CL and so far I usually see a good deal, within the state, every few months.

I just looked up the Klamath and Hewescraft. They look nice. Those will definitely have more room than a RIB the same size. The 16' probably has more room than my 20' RIB. Have you been on both a RIB and a same length AL boat?

I'll keep an eye out for any good local deals for you.
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