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Old 21 January 2009, 21:16   #21
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An Sr4 with the right prop and a 50hp 2 stroke will go like the blue blazes-I had close to 40 knots out of mine and took it out in some very very nasty conditions which it lapped up. The boat will take far more of a pounding than you can.

There's a bit of vid of mine at speed here (it's at 1.16,1.59 and 2.25). Bear in mind I'm 6'3" tall so I make it look very small. :-

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Old 22 January 2009, 04:50   #22
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Thanks guys most helpful.

I contacted the seller in USA about the Yamaha, just waiting for a response. Might be an expensive option though due to the strength of the . Would have been a steal a year ago!

Great vid, thats what ribbing is all about. Just makes me want to get out on the water but no chance of that today as Dartmouth is blowing a gale and hammering it down.


I will keep looking, would like to get a good set up and am prepared to pay good money for the right boat.

Thanks for your time.

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Old 22 January 2009, 08:51   #23
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Spoken to a well known Rib manufacturer about this one:

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/RFT110

I appreciate that many of you think this is very expensive and probably don't favour the 4 stroke engine for this type of boat.

What about these options:

1. Buy boat and trailer only.
Fit new Tohatsu 50 or Yamaha (depending on price).

Total cost 6100 ish (Tohatsu) but i would have new boat and engine.

or

2. Totally forget it and look for something cheaper, slightly bigger (5M or less) or a better package for this sort of money.


Too many boats and engines whizzing through my head to think clearly, so will let you guys point me in the right direction.


If you favour option 1, i might go and have a look at boat tomorrow (Fri).


As always your advice greatly appreciated.

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Old 22 January 2009, 15:45   #24
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SR4 values:

500: Rough old dog. Not really worth bothering with.

1000: 1980s boat only, or boat & trailer in half decent order, or a complete outfit in need of work.

2000: Half tidy outfit, ready to go, nothing too new, but respectable.

3000: Nice clean outfit, with a decent motor, eg 50 Yam, around 10-15 years old. Something like this: http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=26702

7000: REFURBISHED (not new) hull with new tubes and a DF40 Soozook.

Take your pick. It shouldn't be too difficult.

If you really want to spend 7k on a SR4, then try a wanted ad on here. I daresay you'll get a healthy response.
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Old 22 January 2009, 16:02   #25
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Gibbo - quick question - have you tried any of the boat types you are thinking of . Suggest if you can it will be very helpfull for your decision making. There can be big differances in types and even differant set ups of the same hull. Just a thought ...........

For the record I love my 4m Adventure, but thats just me , others will not

Oh and for about 10k you can get effectively a new one with warranty etc ;

http://www.bhg-marine.co.uk/preowned.htm
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Old 22 January 2009, 16:04   #26
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Jesus that's a lot of money!

You'll get an excellent Sr4 for half that price.
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Old 22 January 2009, 16:33   #27
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Jesus that's a lot of money!

You'll get an excellent Sr4 for half that price.
10750 or 6100?

I would be happy with an older boat but definately like to put a new or fairly new engine on it and accept that is obviously going to bump the price up.

Oh well, will keep on looking. With money getting tighter might be a few bargains to be had in the coming months?

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Gibbo - quick question - have you tried any of the boat types you are thinking of . Suggest if you can it will be very helpfull for your decision making. There can be big differances in types and even differant set ups of the same hull. Just a thought ...........
I have tried:

SR 5.4 - great boat but slightly bigger than what i want.

Zodiac Pro - too big / expensive.

Ribeye ? - too expensive.

I have 4m inflatable absolutely love it. Size is ideal but want more power, i considered buying 30hp engine but ultimately would like a rib that would fulfil all my requirements (small, fast, powerful). I have a budget of 7k and want the best i can get for that money, if something cheaper came along .....great. There are a few Adventurers around that sort of money.

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Old 22 January 2009, 17:38   #29
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10750 or 6100?

I would be happy with an older boat but definately like to put a new or fairly new engine on it and accept that is obviously going to bump the price up.

Oh well, will keep on looking. With money getting tighter might be a few bargains to be had in the coming months?

Thanks for replying.
Sorry, was replying to your post about the refurbed one with a df40 for 7k.

3500 will see you a really good sr4 with a very good engine with power trim on it.You may even get some electronics in the deal as well-and if you keep it nice it won't depreciate.
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Old 22 January 2009, 17:44   #30
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That 4m searider on boats and outboards is great and I'd happily kill you if you bought it But it is very expensive for what it is.
The thread in this link http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=26342
Is full of sound advice I got when I was in the same position. Have a read as it may help. You have more moeny to spend though
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