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Old 25 July 2011, 18:19   #11
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Please could someone advise what would be considered as low to average hours for a petrol outboard and what would be high,
it depends who you ask! A recent thread suggested 1000 hrs was a lot although not universally agreed. For leisure use 50-100 hrs per annum is probably typical. If you are looking "reasonably new" it might be worth checking how much warranty is left - many engines now come with 5 years. So a 3 yr old engine with 400 hrs on it might be a better buy than a 6 yr old engine with 300!

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also what sort of things should I look out for when buying a used rib?
I think there is a thread by Nos4r2 which covers this.


Oh and ability to launch single handed depends on:

boat / trailer set up
practice / experience
slipway
weather
the number of spectators!
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Thanks Polwart, I will check that out?
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Old 25 July 2011, 18:24   #13
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I've got one of your lots old ribs, arctic 28. It's 8.5m and boat and trailer weigh around 3500kg, I have no problem launching and recovering it single-handed.
That's a bit of a monster but from what I remember (as it was a few years ago) wicked Rib!!
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Old 25 July 2011, 18:33   #14
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Thanks Polwart, I will check that out?
Here you go:

Buying a 'cheap' rib-what to look out for.

This one is also worth a read:

Starting boating? Nos's guide for beginners.
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Thanks Polwart, much appreciated.
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go and rent a 4 one weekend, a 5 the next and a 6 the next , spend a day in each. You'll then know. Your gonna be spending a lot of dosh so test test test and test. Dont rib firms do test drives ?????? Do the pb2 first so you can get the most out of the days your renting. Good luck.
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go and rent a 4 one weekend, a 5 the next and a 6 the next , spend a day in each. You'll then know. Your gonna be spending a lot of dosh so test test test and test. Dont rib firms do test drives ?????? Do the pb2 first so you can get the most out of the days your renting. Good luck.
oh and make sure you try mooring them in as many different situations as poss, so you can have an idea of handling it by yourself because your gonna want to go out by yourself , "the others wont find it as great as you do" I take it your sons dont really want the rib, DO THEY !!! " so make sure you can handle it on your own if need be. Also try and get out when its not flat calm, an intermediate roughness of sea, just so your not under any illusions. Dont forget theres many type of sea and thus many types of handling.
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Reading what your wanting to use the Rib for consider a Cobra, there are a number of them for sale if you do some searching. Do the PB2, there is a good bunch of guys and girls at powerboat training uk based at cobbs quay marina in poole. There are a lot of ribs at cobbs quay, perhaps have a look round the marina and ask some of the owners about there boats which may give you some good idea of suitability.
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And I forgot to say, if your allready thinking 7 to 7.5 M then dont go for anything smaller, it would better to start with that size then compromise and suddenly discover 2 months later you really wanted a better boat. After a while many of us want bigger.

So as you say you mechanicly handy perhaps if cost is a consideration it might be better to find something with a good hull which needs doing up a bit then something that looks pretty now but below is a bit roapy, if you catch my drift.
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The word better above should have been bigger. Damn auto correct boll&&***ks
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