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Old 09 October 2015, 15:47   #11
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Thanks Jeff and Fenlander - appreciate your comments. I'm selling for a few reasons, mainly around the issue of lack of use and needing the space. I always wanted a boat and it's been great fun for the children on family holidays etc. Children are now older and have different interests etc so just don't think I will get the use out of it.

Shame, but boating is something I would like to return to when I have more time and hopefully live nearer to the coast (currently Northampton - about as far away as you can get!!) Maybe 5, maybe 10 years time but I have learnt a lot in the last few years which I won't forget so when I'm ready I'll get myself a nice 6m+ rib which I can use at weekends etc (well that's the dream anyway!!)
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Old 09 October 2015, 16:22   #12
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That's interesting. We're near Peterborough so nearest coast that suits us is about 90mls. We too nearly gave up a couple of years back as our girls (now 18 & 20) lost interest plus the Mrs was suffering a bit of joint difficulty so couldn't help me setup very much.

But we've now tailored our SIB to the circumstance that the 20yr old is away at Uni so off the radar most of the time and 18yr old is... albeit home based... living her own life and thankfully the Mrs has had an op to sort her joint problem. So it's the two of us plus dog 90% of the time.

So we have a 3.8m air floor (It's an Aerotec but could be any similar length air floor as far as it goes) with a 15hp. This outfit doesn't need a trailer and all stores in the corner of the garage not impacting on storage space to any degree. I can manage both packed boat and outboard on my own in/out of the car.

This means even if we don't use it for months at a time it's no trouble to have about and when we do use it then the whole lot fits in the car under the (estate) loadspace cover so it's not a theft target and of course we can cruise at full motorway speeds to the sea.

I just wonder if selling your outboard and trailer now but keeping the boat packed at home with all the kit you've gathered might work... so next season you could get a managable weight outboard... perhaps a 15hp... and that way you keep the ability to get on the water with no storage issues and no/minimal expenditure. I'd guess your trailer and outboard should sell for broadly what a 15hp might come for at winter prices.

Just a thought??
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Old 10 October 2015, 04:15   #13
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Hi Fenlander - good point and this is something I have considered. The boat has been perfect for us and has met our exact needs whilst on holidays to Cornwall with family and friends. We've used it to potter up and down the coastline but mainly to tow toys for the children, hence why I went for the bigger / heavier engine option. Although they've had so much fun the novelty has worn off for the children and due to the good old UK weather we are going abroad this year as last year had 3 days of rain (not much fun in a tent).

Children are teenagers now so they have there own interests at weekends so getting away with just me and the misses isn't so easy.

I have asked myself the question - what do I want from a boat in the future - Id like to have space for at least 4 adults, to feel confident travelling further a field and to have the security of an auxiliary engine. It goes back to my comment earlier - the dream of living nearer the coast and to have a larger boat ready to use at the weekends. One thing I've learnt boating isn't cheap so you've got to get the use out of it.

I suppose I know we've outgrown the current boat and can't justify keeping the boat/trailer/engine for the odd day here and there on the water. Will certainly have a good think about what gear to keep and what to sell as agree no point in getting rid of gear I may need in the future.
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Old 10 October 2015, 04:54   #14
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>>>Children are teenagers now so they have there own interests at weekends so getting away with just me and the misses isn't so easy.

>>>dream of living nearer the coast and to have a larger boat

Ah you're in a very different place on the curve too us. I'm already early retired and Mrs F probably doing same in 2016. Girls independent so we can do what we want. I've been lucky to spend time on craft up to 50ft+ over my life and am still drawn to the sea... but having had the experience of larger trailed boats and those on permanent moorings know that's not what I want now.

The lack of storage, maintenance and security liability of a "pack in the car" SIB is very hard to beat unless your boat is to become a core interest that skews all spare family time... and as you allude to... if it's cost a fair bit of money to buy/upkeep there is a pressure to use it.

Of course Roman Abramovich probably thinks differently...
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Chris

Your expeariance is pretty much the norm with the family growing up not getting the use etc. Over the years I have had ribs,sibs,Doris and cabin boats.just this year sold my rib lot of money sat there for a few holidays a year so I down sized to a new sib & engine took her out last week up Scotland and had loads of fun, small sibs are in a league of their own getting on to the water inexpensive when you consider say your boat will last at the very least 10 years that's 450/year you can't grumble at that.fenlander is right consider keeping some selling some ,the boat and engine can be stored easy and if you change your mind you can get back on the water,sell the trailer storage issue gone. If your into boating you will miss it if you don't later in the year sell
Look up the gurnard on here going further afield ,aux engine and all his kit no limit to a sib in the right conditions his threads are inspiring and just show how versatile small boats are.

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Old 10 October 2015, 13:44   #16
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If anyone sees any vgc 30hp reasonably late model 2 strokes going at that money I want to know! I'd happily pay double that for one with power trim and remotes...

Im no expert on sib prices but the bare boat seems cheap too if it has no patches or significant wear.

If a friend was asking my advice as buyer for that package at 2k I'd think it was a good deal, although I haven't studied as much as the true sib geeks here.
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Old 10 October 2015, 14:06   #17
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Of course I wish Chriswood well with the best price possible if/when he sells but I was being ultra realistic about values for this time of year when many will hardly see water with a newly purchased boat for another 5/6mths.

>>> that package at 2k I'd think it was a good deal.

Yes and that was why I sort of alluded to the fact that unlike many this specific sale with the items being in such good condition and such a large outboard for a SIB could be better tried as a ready to go package.... I'd be thinking of asking 2k or so and seeing how it went.

>>>If anyone sees any vgc 30hp reasonably late model 2 strokes going at that money I want to know! I'd happily pay double that for one with power trim and remotes...

The outfit I listed above had a decent looking Yamaha 30 just 2yrs older than Chriswood's on remotes and made just 1500. Selling off the boat and trailer would probably have left the outboard around 600!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RIB-ZODIAC...-/321870213847
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Old 11 October 2015, 08:14   #18
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Cheers for all your comments and suggestions. That's helped me make my mind up - as storage isn't an issue will wait until May. Perhaps will try selling the boat, engine and trailer as one and other items separately. Give it a go and see what happens. It's a great rig and ideal for someone who wants a great all round boat. Think it's a lesson learnt - buying everything from new and separately is the worst way to get on the water - as spent about 4.5k and prob be lucky to get 2k back. Nice to have everything new and shiny but kick in the nuts when you want to sell. Still no one said it was a going to be a cheap hobby 😆
I did same as you when I started out 20 years ago.. Granted only a small SIB and a 4hp Mariner brand new, with kit, buoyancy vests etc.... But still lost a packet on selling on...

Which is why I've just bought a Yamaha 3.1m SIB and Yamaha 8hp outboard from eBay.. for about the same as I paid for the Mariner and little Sevylor inflatable all those years ago!

I agree with the selling separately idea. As a package, I doubt you'll get as much cash back overall.
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