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Old 14 October 2004, 08:45   #11
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Thanks for all the info and advice. Much appreciated.
Pete - Engine is 3-4 year old model - Ficht Ram V6 - if this helps.
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Old 14 October 2004, 09:10   #12
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Good advice......

.....from Pete7. Don't rush, there's a lot about to choose from and will be even more as the season really comes to a close.

That said, don;t look a gift horse in the mouth. Can you get hold of any pictures ?

16k soounds ok to me given the age and by all accounts the condition. To my eyes and ears 16k really means 15k especially at this time of year.

Take a look at the boat, check out the hull for stress cracks (chips and scratches can be repaired) within the various compartments, however, anything very light like spiders web lines is normal.

Check the tubes and valves. Any work here will require specialist materials and knowledge and there ain't too many good companies around to help. The benefit of the Zodiac tubing system allows one to remove the tubes anyway so it ain't too big a deal unlike some other lesser makes (mackerel mackerel) where the tubes are stuck, form want of a better description to the hull.

Check the centre console for movement especilly if it's a single moulded deck, any movement is a bad sighn unless of course it's bolted and glued in which case it's no big deal to tighten it up.

A RIB of this size should have some decent electronics, check they work as again replacement costs and it's all a bargining tool to secure a better price if they don't.

What about the trailer - be careful - you don;t want to get 10 miles down the road and loose a wheel. Put it up on a jack, the one out of the boot of your car will do. Give the wheels a good looking at, check the bearings, brakes and tyre coindition.

Engine - as they say in Asda - not my aisle - however, youll get some great tips on here. good luck, let us know how you get on.

Graeme
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Old 14 October 2004, 09:45   #13
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Friend who looked at it for me has boats and says its immaculate and most extras he has ever seen on a boat that size. Owner has had boats for years and owned an engineering business in a dockyard where he had his men carry out much of the work. Very nice guy to deal with and very fussy re detail. His wife is no longer interested and he now has a couple of small inflatibles to play around in. I know the guy who fitted all the elecrics - very reputable. Price is slightly negotiable and also includes lifejackets, wet weather gear etc, i.e. the full package. Trailer has jjust been totally overhauled brakes, cables etc. with the original idea of towing to Spain in mind. Finding it very difficult to find reasons to resist this as a starter outfit.
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Old 14 October 2004, 10:36   #14
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Unless you're....

........into really serious wet weather long distance cruising this ain't a starter outfit, this will take you almost anywhere you'd like to do.

Anyway, sound like you're 99% sold on the idea of being its next owner so get on with it before someone else gazumps you ! What did you say his telephone number was

Just re-read your original post. 30 hours use in 3/4 years has to be near on impossible, wouldn't you agree ? I'd clarify that point a little better if it were me. Anyway and that said even if it's more like 300 hours as long as its been serviced correctly and in a timely fashin it shouldn't make any difference.
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Old 14 October 2004, 11:11   #15
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Me Me - thanks. Yeah nearly there I think. Re hours. Primarily bought as a dive boat for use by owner and some pals . Used originally but as they are all retirement age the novelty wore off. Also, and I can confirm this, we have had some really crap summers recently for outdoor activities, including this one, and as a result there is a bit of an exodus of retired people selling up in Scotland to more sunnier climes at the moment.
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Old 14 October 2004, 11:52   #16
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No worries, however, don't......

.....run off and forget about us once you're sorted. Stay online, post some pics, share your adventures, offer advice etc, this is a super forum, the more the merrier. It's not, as some people care to think, their own little domain, a place to create little clicks of silly friends who bicker and snarl with the sole intention of gossiping about and poisoning others enjoyment.
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Old 14 October 2004, 12:00   #17
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Thanks again and have really enjoyed reading the forum over last few months, both the sense and crap! Will certainly continue with it as its excellent and I'm sure I'll have questions in the future also.
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Old 14 October 2004, 12:25   #18
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Old 14 October 2004, 21:25   #19
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Just re-read your original post. 30 hours use in 3/4 years has to be near on impossible, wouldn't you agree ? I'd clarify that point a little better if it were me. Anyway and that said even if it's more like 300 hours as long as its been serviced correctly and in a timely fashin it shouldn't make any difference.

Hmm, not necessarily... one of my neighbours here has a boat that I have never seen leave his driveway in two years of living here (unless he sneaks it out at night while I'm not looking...). Its a very nice looking Bayliner with a 150hp on the back. I have seen him clean the dust off it once or twice, but the dunbier trailer its sitting on has completely flat tyres... It has done exactly zero hours in the last two years and thats here in sunny Sydney.
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Old 15 October 2004, 04:51   #20
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Took the plunge

last night and struck a deal. Am not home for a few weeks but will post photos after I pick it up. Cheers.
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