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Old 01 September 2008, 06:01   #1
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Berthing in Dorset... newbie

Hi there - new to Rib'ing and new to this Forum... having had a brilliant day on a friends boat (largish Avon 5m+) on Saturday pottering about and watching the Airshow off Bournemouth I was trying to calculate the cost of owning a RIB.

My friend stores his RIB at a place called Parkstone Marina - dry stack at what looks like just under 3K a year - apart from towing and launching off a slipway is there any other [cheaper] ideas...

Any other advice however general on starting out would be appreciated... it's not the initial cost that scares me it's the ongoing cost fuel, insurance, servicing, berthing, breakdown cover... anything else ?

Cheers - this is a great forum,

Paul.
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Old 01 September 2008, 06:21   #2
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Were you thinking of storing it in Poole too? If so, there's not really any options cheaper than trailer or dry stack. If you leave it on a mooring there you're likely to find it's not there when you go to it.
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I'm not set on Poole... but somewhere from Swanage to Christchurch would be nice...
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Bournemouth water ( Christchurch)usually have moorings available at pretty reasonable rates - around 700 a year & its pretty safe round here - not had any damage/ thefts for ages - I've got mine out there ! ( its probably gone now I've said that !) and plenty of really expensive boats out. A nice river run at slow speed or out to the solent/ poole.

Either that or pay big money to have it in a local yard.
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general costs - insurance - a couple of hundered a year , service etc - depends if you look afer it & its up together - get a good boat/ engine & some TLC & a service for a few hundred quid will see you OK. Petrol - depends how fast/ far you go with what size engine! All the other bits & pieces you will end up buying - another few hundred quid to as much as you want , the need for a bigger boat in a year or two ? Thats the expensive bit!
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Cheers BlackRoady - I appreciate the responses... and 700/year brings it back into the affordable bracket.

What type of moorings do they do ? Easy enough to get to, park, get on the boat and away you go ?
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They have all sorts , but all the 'top' ones are taken prettymuch all the time. But the most common are mid -river around Christchurch key. Costs depend on how long your boat is, but pretty OK car parking & then either get a little SIB ( great fun anyway !), or people keep old beaten up tenders on the river.

http://www.bwhwater.co.uk/net-contro...%202008-09.pdf

Try looking at the above site for more details.

PLenty of places to store over the winter to - Elkins Boatyard will store for 6 months for about 600 or take it out & tow it home if you get something 5 metre ish .

Hope this helps !
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