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Old 07 March 2006, 09:17   #1
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5k budget what RIB?

I am considering upgrading my current RIB as I fancy a change and have sort of grown out of it, and would like to do abit more long distance cruising and join in a few ribnet cruises, my current boat is an Avon Sportsboat not a Searider so not really suited to the task.
I have a few ideas of what to replace it with but does anyone else have any suggestions.
-Budget is a max of 5k
-No bigger than 5.5m
-less than 100HP (student can't afford the fuel costs)
-Would like proper seating for 3 people although I can retro fit this myself.
-35knots +
-In good overall condition, not after a shed with loads of work.
-Capable sea boat, with a deepish v

Boat would most of the time have no more than 3 people on it and would be used for solent cruising, towing a few toys, bit of rescue boat duty.

My current thoughts are an Avon Searider 5.4 with 70-90HP on it, although the internal dimensions are not ideal, it would make a good compromise.
Other thoughts are a Ribcraft 4.8 although these all seem to be around 7-8k which I can't stretch to.

Does anyone else have any suggestions or experiences with the above.

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Old 07 March 2006, 09:44   #2
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Alex, how strict is the size limit. This has been for sale for a while and open to offers. Its ex sailing school but seems to have a reasonably new 4 st engine. Could be worth a cheeky offer, you never know.

http://hamble.boatshed.com/viewboat.php?boat=16100

Or a 5.4m with a Yam 80 4 st ?

http://www.boats-for-sale.com/boatde...rnalbrokerlist

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Cheers for that Pete,

The size limit is not particularly concrete, but I will have to tow it so I was going to try and avoid something that would require me to do the trailer license ( I will only be towing it a mile down the road).

I was going to check out that Searider at BHG next time Im at home, although the 80 4 stroke is probably a bit over weight for the Searider.
That Humber is also worth a look but 6m is big!

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There was a fairly reasonable (both in terms of price and looks etc) Ribcraft 4.8 on ebay recently. It went through twice and didnt sell. Might be worth keeping a look out for it - it was being sold by a student who needed to get some cash. It's bound to come up again.
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There was a fairly reasonable (both in terms of price and looks etc) Ribcraft 4.8 on ebay recently. It went through twice and didnt sell. Might be worth keeping a look out for it - it was being sold by a student who needed to get some cash. It's bound to come up again.
I didnt see that one Tim, orange hull I recall, something about it didn't seem right, I remember it seeing it had been used for a rescue organisation of some sort. It also had a 75HP Merc on it, and Ribcraft will only fit a 60HP to that model, might spell insurance troubles, interesting handling and a tired transom.
Just going to concentrate on selling my boat at the moment, the next time waster that rings up offering 1500 is going to regret it

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Could do a lot worse than an Osprey:
http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F91899/
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Cheers for that Pete,

The size limit is not particularly concrete, but I will have to tow it so I was going to try and avoid something that would require me to do the trailer license ( I will only be towing it a mile down the road).
Trailer License?? What's that?
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Trailer License?? What's that?
Doesn't effect you Rich, theres a thread here about out, think only the students on here are effected, but worth considering for your kids.

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Do I detect a tad of sarcasm from Rich L

Shoot me for not having one (a trailer licence), but I (along with the majority of the rest of the student population on here) tow things which are whhheeyy too heavy for my post 97 licence, and have never been stopped by the police. I don't know anyone who has. I remember having this conversation wih CJL - he suggested (something which seems to be very true) that the police really don't know the (trailer) law.

Of course, if you do get stopped or have an accident then you are a bit screwed. However, I doubt very much that you would have a problem towing that Humber a mile down the road to the slip....
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My thoughts entirely Tim, the slip way is very close and I often I forget the light board!
I missed the sarcasm from Rich, I am currently doing a statistics assessment, what that has to go with Geography I don't know!

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