ARTIGIANA BATTELLI ab inflatables
Considering buying a 1996 AB 19ft or 5.77m Oceanus VST. Supprisingly i have not found any good solid info or opinion on this boat and was wondering if the friendly folks here could let me know what they think. Hull design? Year? Price?
I currently have an 89 HBI 15 ft RIB that isnt really suitable for heavyduty use. It sits too low in the water for my taste and has a rough wet ride. The HBI really needs to be retubed and probably repowered so instead of making that kind of investment into a hull i am not happy with for my uses i am looking at just getting a bigger Rib.
The Tubes on the AB appear to be in decent shape i still need to inspect them in person. They were coated with the rubberized RIB paint a year ago and have a couple patches but supposedly dont leak. The outboard is a 1996 evinrude 115... supposedly sound running condition. The boat was used in the florida keys and sat in the water almost all of the time for the past couple years... is there any problems i can expect because of this? The bottom will be repainted before sale.
I have to admit buying a 12 year old boat scares me a bit. I have had nothing but headaches with replacing every little thing on my 89 hbi. If i repower and retube there will be nothing left but the hull that i havent replaced! I dont want to go through that again!
I plan on picking up the boat for roughly 6000 american dollars... Any opinion is greatly appreciated on price, boat design, and age! I could probably get ahold of more pics if that would help.