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Old 23 August 2013, 06:15   #1
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is Raider rib 680 a good boat

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Looking at buying a 2007 Raider rib 680 for family boating. Boat appears in good condition with hairline frractures on hull and transom. It has yami 115hp ob and has an asking price of 30k. What do you guys think is a fair price. Also, how does Raider quality/durability rank with the other rib makers out there?

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Old 23 August 2013, 07:07   #2
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Hey folks,

Looking at buying a 2007 Raider rib 680 for family boating. Boat appears in good condition with hairline frractures on hull and transom. It has yami 115hp ob and has an asking price of 30k. What do you guys think is a fair price. Also, how does Raider quality/durability rank with the other rib makers out there?

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Don't know much about 'Raider Rib's' and they may be fine...
but with a Healthy Budget,for a used Boat. The world is your Oyster...'Look long and Ponder'...as a friend of Poly's used to say...or similar anyway!
I would say Sticking to the well known and respected British Brands would be a Good start,and do some trialing of a few other peoples set-ups if poss !Alot depends on your needs and type of Cruiseing you wish to do!...115 on a 680 may be a bit tame though! ...and I'm sure there will plenty of input from other Ribnetters too
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Old 23 August 2013, 08:19   #3
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Don't know the boat- echo what has been said above, 6.8 is a big boat. 115 not a massive engine......

With a budget such as you mention, you have HUGE choice- would personally be tempted to stick to the better known brands. In that budget you could certainly pick up 6.5 boats, almost new, ex display, show boats and the like.... Humber, scorpion, ribcraft, ballistics, cobras, rib eyes, and even redbays possible
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He didn't mention he's in the USA so probably $30k rather than 30k.

115hp on a 6.8m is really underpowered.
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Never seen one in person but they look to have a very shallow V at the transom As above the 115 is a very small engine for a 6.8m rib however I think they are only rated to 150hp max anyway

I personally would say absolutely no way to a boat like that for $30k

You are right to ask the question though as you may have just saved yourself buying something that looks good but doesn't do the job that you want it to as the design and quality isn't there...

Ribcraft are worth a look but not sure what models you get over there?

EDIT: Looks like you get the whole range, here's a link to their site which should show a video of the 585 doing some turns and you will see how a well designed rib is supposed to handle (On their website click on the bottom right hand box which says 585 video).

http://www.ribcraftusa.com/pro/pro585media.htm

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Thanks for all the replies.

Sorry i forgot to mention i'm in the usa. I poked around on the web some more and believe aquapro makes the raider line for jk3 yacths.

Good idea about the ribcraft brand.

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Old 23 August 2013, 12:02   #7
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you can get a 7m ex-military boat for that kind of money. What coast are you on in USA? is the boat going to live on a trailer?

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Jason,

on the west coast in northern california. The ex military boats are located where? Would that be more San Diego area?




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Yes the boat will be on a trailer. I'm hoping the total weight will be less than 4000lbs.
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yeah, I think most of us who have the 7m boats (or all the pieces to make a boat in my case, I'm not done yet) live south of you. also they wouldn't make your weight cutoff but you can certainly get a nice big commercially produced RIB that should make weight and fit nicely in your budget. I'll let others guide you on that.

I will suggest that for CA I'd be looking for a pretty aggressive hull, that's why I upgraded. It gets rough out here and we tend to travel in the wrong directions with the swell and wind to get to where we want to dive and fish.

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