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Old 05 January 2005, 17:58   #1
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Advice for a first time buyer

Been advised by RIBnet forum members to ask this here (thanks) - I would welcome advice on the purchase of a RIB. I have the opportunity of buying a new Zodiac Pro 3 (4.2m) with a s/h 40hp Yamaha (2002). This has a price of 6250. Is this a good deal? Is it a good package and what should I look out for (and avoid)? I have the chance of an alternative - a 4m tohatsu rib with 40 tohatsu elec start (all new) for 4995. What about this? is it any good? How does it compare to the Zodiac? Much obliged for any help as I know nothing at all about this!
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Old 05 January 2005, 18:44   #2
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Hi Bellrock - sounds like a question of what do you want the RIB to do?

Is it for a tender to another (larger) boat, or to use in it's own right?

The reason I ask is that some small RIBs have a shallow hull, nearly flat, and are only for use in a harbour in good weather. A number of members on this forum have similar sized RIBs with a deep V hull that they use comfortably in rougher seas.

I don't know what the 4.2m Zodiac or the 4.0 Tohatsu hulls are like, maybe someone will be able to add to this!

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The boat is not intended for use as a tender. I want something that is generally seaworthy for inshore cruising. It has to be readily transportable and storeable (hence size limitation) but it will only ever be used for 2 people. Thanks though.
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Old 06 January 2005, 16:40   #4
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dear bellrock

well come to the forum

your question of sub five meter ribs

as i own a 4.5m valiant dr with a 50 hp i would say a sub 5m would be a very good starter rib i would say the zodiac would be the better choice depending on condition
of the second hand yam and service history

zodiac is a very good make and was one on my list the tubes can be removed
for storage or repair

when buying a sub 5m rib you must have power tilt and trim a jockey seat two man type a medium deep v is the min for the british weather don,t by anywhite rib as they will mark very easy


the price sounds ok for the zodiac with a two stroke if its four stroke its a bargain

good luck
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Old 06 January 2005, 17:23   #5
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dear bellrock


zodiac is a very good make and was one on my list the tubes can be removed
for storage or repair
My first rib was a Zodiac pro open 550 with a 115 hp two stroke. Tubes needed warranty work done and getting them off for shippng was real easy. I would recomend them.

PS Now I have a Valiant with glued tubes so if you want to ignore my comment feel free
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Old 06 January 2005, 20:03   #6
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I have been in a Zodiac Pro 3 a number of times and its fine as a small rib for small chop for 2 people.

With more than 3 people in it, its a bit of a squeeze, but still a useable 4 person boat at a pinch for short distances.

I wouldn't want to take it out in anything too large, however the ride was considerably dryer than I get out of my current 5.05m Gemini... The one I was in only had a bench seat and a plastic helm seat and this was bloody uncomfortable in chop...


My only comment would be that are u sure you want a sub 5m rib?

I am now looking to upgrade my 5.05m to a 6.5m as I'd like a little more room. As you start to want to do longer distances, maybe take a few friends out, store a wakeboard, picnic basket, lifejackets etc... you may find you want some extra space...

I also note a 5.5m Avon for sale for a little more on boatsandoutboards.com and a 4m for a little less, - I would shop around for a while, I think you may be able to get a better deal/more of a boat at around the 5k mark...
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I would agree with Edward, that is after a very short time in a Sub 5m RIB you'll want something bigger. Trust us you will!

Good luck though, Andy.
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