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Old 11 November 2012, 07:52   #1
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Advice and help please as I might be MAD!

Hi People

Hope all is well, I am new to this forum so any advice / help would be greatly appreciated. I spend alot of time on the water mainly in sailing boats but have decided this summer to buy a rib for fun when there is no wind!

Ok so here is my dilemma, I have read lots of very mixed reviews on SEAPRO ribs and would be great to get any feedback on the SEAPRO 520 with a 70 Tohatsu on the back.

I don't want to spend a fortune and looking for a newish reliable cheap rib just to potter around this summer.

So am I mad to be considering a SEAPRO or are they ok? Other options please?

Thank you

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Old 11 November 2012, 07:59   #2
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Hi People

Hope all is well, I am new to this forum so any advice / help would be greatly appreciated. I spend alot of time on the water mainly in sailing boats but have decided this summer to buy a rib for fun when there is no wind!

Ok so here is my dilemma, I have read lots of very mixed reviews on SEAPRO ribs and would be great to get any feedback on the SEAPRO 520 with a 70 Tohatsu on the back.

I don't want to spend a fortune and looking for a newish reliable cheap rib just to potter around this summer.

So am I mad to be considering a SEAPRO or are they ok? Other options please?

Thank you

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Welcome to Ribnet.

In my experience there's no such thing as 'newish, reliable and CHEAP.' you can have 2 out of the 3, but not really all 3.

There's many good reasons you can buy a new seapro for the price of a 20 yr old British rib.
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Old 11 November 2012, 08:34   #3
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Welcome to Ribnet.

In my experience there's no such thing as 'newish, reliable and CHEAP.' you can have 2 out of the 3, but not really all 3.

There's many good reasons you can buy a new seapro for the price of a 20 yr old British rib.
I'm of the same opinion,if you want something cheap and reliable buy an old but well looked after Avon SR, Ribcraft, Humber, Osprey. That way your'e getting something that is bullet proof as well. There's a lot good looking tat on the market but remember, you can't polish a turd!
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Old 11 November 2012, 08:41   #4
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So am I mad to be considering a SEAPRO

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Yes..... Don't go there.
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Seapro Uk web page has contradictions ; states 1100 denier and 1000 denier for it's pvc fabrics. If 1000 denier is 0.9 mm (1100 decitex) 1100 denier should be 1.0 mm fabrics. A good same packagae option check : Seaswift Boats - Astonishing value on hard boats, RIBs, inflatables and tenders

Know the Asian manufacturer, check X pro ribs, uses pvc 1.2 mm German fabrics, the thicker, the better. And as usual, go for the seller that offers a good waranty for their ribs. We have a 530 mtr rib with a Yam 60 and that combo flies, so no need to place larger engines as hulls are much lighter than many other rib brands. Should have Orca Hypalon models too ?

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Thank you all for your feedback and wise words, really helpful brilliant forum!

Going to have a good look around and make the right choice!

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Old 12 November 2012, 05:39   #7
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What sort of budget do you have?
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Ideally 8-10k Tim
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Old 12 November 2012, 06:52   #9
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I'm sure this will be sufficient to buy a tidy second hand rib from the list given above. Don't forget to have a survey undertaken and a good sea trial is essential before parting with your money. Also, it's a buyer's market at present; haggle yourself a bargain then take a photo of your new boat and post it on the forum. Good hunting!
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