Originally Posted by Kernow
Hi All, I'm just moving into the Rib world having experimented with an old Bombard C5 inflatable. I now have a choice between a 5.4 Searider and a Ribtec 535, both have very similar engines/trailers/electronics and I was looking for any advice on which way to go, i.e does one have strong advantages or is it more personal choice.
Thanks in advance.
I guess that one of the boats may be my Searider.
It is a leisure spec so does not have the reinforced tubes - also no bits of fendering to peel off as they do after a while.
I reckon it weighs about 500kg - not sure what the Ribtec weighs.
It is a piece of cake to launch and recover with the roller coaster trailer - the best £900 I have spent!
The Ribtec will probably look prettier but the Searider will be a much better seaboat when it gets rough.
Regarding the consoles, mine has an Outhill console fitted on the centreline - this is the same as Avon fit in their current D560
Did you look at the photos in the for sale section here?
Evinrude v Mariner - you takes your pick.
Come and have a look at both and see what you think.