Originally Posted by zanzibar
Thanks for replying I am not offend, opinion are good and sometime help. Barbados is very expensive place to get on the water for people like me.
If thats the case try and get some local advice to the cost of getting this up and running before committing to it. Old tubes may inflate ok on land but after hitting a few wave etc might start to fail which is where you dont want things to wrong.
Just like here in Australia you are exposed to way more damaging sunlight on those old tubes. Mechanically are those parts readily available at a reasonable price, even things like steering etc on an old boat only have a certain life span. The boat does look quite old but if you love tinkering around and can do most of the work yourself things aren't quite so bad.
Make sure replacement tubes are available and how much they might cost. When I looked into a few ribs out here In Aus at about 10 years old most needed new tubes which where more than half the price of a new boat.
By the way I have an old school mate living somewhere over there who repairs sails and lives on his yacht (great lifestyle).
A rib is more costly to maintain than a regular run-about style boat and this one is at the end of its life where it needs money, at the end of that cash injection it will still be a heavy bulky boat with a limited resale value compared to an equivalent runabout style boat (non rib).