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Old 13 August 2009, 09:23   #1
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Hello to Rib Forum

I have been looking to buy a sib and am getting confused!!!
I think I may be setting my sights too high for my first boat, I started looking at around the 1,500 mark and all of a sudden I feel like my budget should be nearer 4k. All I really want to do is have fun on the sea and be able to pull my 10 yr old daughter along on an inflatable ring of some sort.
Can anyone please give me some simple advice as to what questions I need to ask when shopping around?
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Old 13 August 2009, 09:29   #2
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Ally,

I purchased Quicksilver 380 XSHD with 20 hp Yamaha at the boat show 2 years ago. I negotiated the dealer to 2,600.

So for second hand your original budget isn't miles out.
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Old 13 August 2009, 10:35   #3
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You should get a good little set up for 1500.

An old Avon SIB with a 30hp or 40hp would do.
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Hey there. We recently bought an 11ft hypalon ex M.O.D sib with ply floor for 140 and an Evinrude 35hp inc stand, tank and lines for 330. The boat needs some small attention, repatching and cleaning up and the motor is due a service, but we wanted to get on the water for as little as possible and just have some cheap fun! It went very well on it's maiden voyage and it wont cost the earth to do the little jobs that it needs. Just proof you can have fun even on a tiny budget.
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Old 14 August 2009, 03:19   #5
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Getting my new purchase right!!!

Thanks for your messages, I am off to visit a couple of dealers in the area and hoping I come back with a clearer idea of what to buy and when the best time to buy is!

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