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Old 19 July 2011, 18:37   #1
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2nd Hand Ribeye,your opinion?

Sold the Humber, it was a good buddy, but it was not the right size/shape for me and the gf. So now I am after a Ribeye, around 5m with any size 4 stroke O/B. something towable.

Budgetwise, I am currently limited to about 12k (pref less!!) so not sure if I will get anything decent at this price. I have seen a few but they are all over 20k!

Any advice/experience on Ribeye products?
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Old 20 July 2011, 13:42   #2
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I have no connection with Humber, and my username is because of the make of the rib I own so...!

Ribeye, expensive, VERY. It is not really good to be used as a workboat, so in selling process your buyers are limited to leisure group whilst most users of ribs are diving and rowing clubs.

For some reason most Ribeyes available in the market come with Yamaha outboards, given the fact that Yammies are not the cheapest Outboard available, it does add up to the price of them.

On a positive side, they tend to hold their 2nd hand value relatively well ONLY IF they are VERY VERY well looked after.

The main problem is that if someone like yourself has 12k, then he might be getting one of the cheapest Ribeyes in the market, whilst he still has loads of good quality packages available in front of him. So bear this in mind, not now, but if you think one day you may want to sell it.

Have you considerde Tornado, Brig, Avon, or solent?

Not sure about your old humber package, but Humber does sell family friendly type of ribs too.
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My mate owns one of these, they are quite good looking, but as the other person has said, they are good for leisure users.

They are overpriced in my opinion.
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after a Ribeye, around 5m, about 12k (pref less!!)
I think that is a very realistic budget

And despite what others say, I like them.
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I think that they look very pretty. I dont know anything about there ability.
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Try a seach for Ribeye - they do seem to split opinion. Like many RIB companies they have a trade 'partnership' with certain engine manufacturers - hence they go with Yamaha, others with Suzuki or Mariner etc.
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I think that is a very realistic budget

And despite what others say, I like them.
Thanks, I am actually looking for with like 70-80hp four stroke, they all seem to be over 14k at the moment.

So would be good to hear from anyone selling at lower price! otherwise, will have to wait until October/November time...
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your buyers are limited to leisure group whilst most users of ribs are diving and rowing clubs.
Just as well you are not the marketing manager at Ribeye - with that understanding of the market composition!

Diving / Rowing / Sailing clubs are usually looking for a fairly basic rib, at a good price and where priority is on function over form. There is a section of the leisure community who do the same - but there is a definite sector who are looking for a boat which looks good, is an off the shelf package (so no need to worry about which seats/console/engine is the right mix). The difference is this demographic are not necessarily as price sensitive as the former and therefore I suspect Ribeye have made a very smart move by targeting and addressing that need. They may seem expensive but they do seem to hold their value quite well too.

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Have you considerde Tornado, Brig, Avon, or solent?
that is an interesting mix you've picked there. I guess the point you are making is "don't get locked on one brand" - but there may be others which would suit the OP's needs/desires better...
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