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Old 25 January 2014, 18:14   #21
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Last time I changed engines and trailer on a boat, I bought another outfit. Swapped the bits I wanted and sold the doner outfit for the same price I paid for it!
Most of us have done it, but you won't buy a proper outboard for peanuts, regardless of what it's attached to unless you're extremely fortunate.
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Old 25 January 2014, 18:23   #22
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Most of us have done it, but you won't buy a proper outboard for peanuts, regardless of what it's attached to unless you're extremely fortunate.
There are those who say I'm always fortunate, maybe I am.
But of course it costs money, but not really an issue how much if you can get most of the outlay back, that's what I aim for anyway! :-)
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Old 25 January 2014, 18:46   #23
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Just over your 8k budget, and nothing to do with me but theses are fab boats (I've owned one of theses!)
Look at this on eBay:

Ribcraft 545 Rib petrol outboard engine

http://bit.ly/LHWIyc
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Old 25 January 2014, 18:48   #24
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Double post.... Oops!
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great boats

shame ribcraft didn't want to sell me one, when I went to the factory!
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Old 25 January 2014, 19:05   #27
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I would advise maybe buying an older boat for the first year just to check it's for you.
Then you can spend loads of time and money fixing it! I think this is bad advice unless you really like doing repair or renovation work. Buy on age/condition and sell on without losing all the money and time you have ploughed into it.
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Then you can spend loads of time and money fixing it! I think this is bad advice unless you really like doing repair or renovation work. Buy on age/condition and sell on without losing all the money and time you have ploughed into it.
I personally enjoy a little work and I will admit you need to know what your looking at when buying .
however in my experience spending more money doesn't necessarily get anything better!!
This obviously depends on so many variable factors though.

Buy on age and condition is great advice and I totally agree, but my no means assume anything better just because of the asking price!

I think its better advice to say be cautious don't spend all you have on the first one. Just in case its not for you!
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