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Old 09 February 2013, 14:00   #1
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Why are RIBs so expensive?

I've owned my 14 foot Novurania for a few years now, and I love it.
I regularly go to Catalina Island on it, but find that being 40 miles from shore in small craft advisory status in a boat this small can be a little sporty.
I have decided that I am am going to upgrade to a bigger boat, and want to stay with a RIB.
I think something in the 28 foot range should do it for me.
Yesterday I looked at a late model used Zodiac 850 Pro with twin Yamaha 150 four strokes.
I feel that this boat would be perfect for me.
They brokerage is asking almost 75K for this boat. I looked online at a couple of other of the same boat, and they are all around the same price.
I know you get what you pay for, but just don't understand why these boats are so expensive. You get a hull, inflatable tubes, engine(s), and a steering wheel.
I guess if i really want to own one of these kind of boats, I am going to have to pony up the big bucks, but just don't understand why so much.
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Old 09 February 2013, 14:04   #2
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Everything thats fun costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old 09 February 2013, 14:21   #3
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Simon,

Yep, some things that are fun, cost money, but not all.
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Yer your right not all things cost money. If your profile is right it will be a massive change from the sib you have now to the rib you are looking at buying!
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Small market, labor intensive build, fairly linear train of liability; all adds up to big money.

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Old 10 February 2013, 16:04   #7
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I assumed it was because they are called she and all females cost a lot
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I think something in the 28 foot range should do it for me.
Yesterday I looked at a late model used Zodiac 850 Pro with twin Yamaha 150 four strokes.
I feel that this boat would be perfect for me. The brokerage is asking almost 75K for this boat.
That's just the start!

Then there's insurance, fuel, storage/docking fees, maintenance, safety kit renewal (flares, life jackets, etc).

Stick on your shades, turn up Michael Mann's Miami Vice theme tune and smile on money well spent!
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