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Old 10 April 2014, 11:22   #1
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best used rib/engine combination <5k for safety/sea keeping, range/fuel economy

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Howdy Folks,

Any advice/user experiences/verdicts for us toe-dipping, pre purchase neophytes here greatly appreciated! Hope this generates some interest, if not kicked out on its arse.

Here's the challenge...5k or less to spend on a decent (used) Rib
...from 5.85-6.5 mtrs for potentially v. rough water, needs to be very capable in a hard blow, safety and sea keeping of primary concern....best, most reliable (used) engine combination, then, for 5.85-6.1-6.5mtr hull, long range cruising ability coupled with something resembling fuel economy...that can take up to 4 adults and a pair of kids....and if caught out in a blow at any point will not let us down. I have a load of local opinions on what Rib make and engine type should be...the budget stands firm at 5k max which is of course pretty unrealistic .....but WHAT THINK YE?

Looking forward to any replies

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Old 10 April 2014, 12:21   #2
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You probably wont get many responses, 5k to fullfill those requirements, I dont think its possible.

15K to 20K would be more realistic, then you have the cost of all the kit etc etc and it will add up even more.

Why not put toe in the water with something less capabable and just go out in very easy weather and save up for something bigger. Or buy a completely shagged Rib and spend a couple of years rebuilding it.

or alternatively share the cost of a better rib with one or two others. Also lots of companies doing boat shares. And of course always the happy money lending banks. You dont want to spend a fortune or get into debt and then find you dont like boating.
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Old 10 April 2014, 12:55   #3
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you could get a searider 5.4 within that budget, a little smaller than you have suggested but give one a sea trial and you wont be disappointed.

Nice yam 90 on the back you will be laughing!

The problem with seariders is they don't have the best seating space. As long as you are not taking out for than 4 regularly you should be fine as they can just sit on the tubes.

You do occasionally see the sr6 meters coming up but they are very scarce and for that reason usually go for the money.




I suppose one option could be to leave the deck as open as possible with only the very smallest 1 man console for the driver then everyone else can sit in the boat or on the tubes if you covered the deck with a bit of shock mitigation (e.g. those foam kids puzzle piece floors you can buy)

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Old 10 April 2014, 12:57   #4
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could get a bargain on this one if no one bids?

Avon Searider 5.4mtr | eBay

and this looks v.nice
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-4m-Avon-...item20e2e24e1f
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Old 10 April 2014, 13:03   #5
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Agreed, you won't get a reliable 6m boat with an engine big enough to push it. Most 6m and above boats need 100hp+ and any engine alone of 100hp or more that is in good nick will cost approaching 5k.

I'd agree that for that budget and requirement a 5.4 Searider is one of your only deep V hulled boats. With an old merc or yam you should get an ok one.
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Here's the challenge...5k or less to spend on a decent (used) Rib
...from 5.85-6.5 mtrs for potentially v. rough water, needs to be very capable in a hard blow, safety and sea keeping of primary concern....best, most reliable (used) engine combination, then, for 5.85-6.1-6.5mtr hull, long range cruising ability coupled with something resembling fuel economy...that can take up to 4 adults and a pair of kids....and if caught out in a blow at any point will not let us down. I have a load of local opinions on what Rib make and engine type should be...the budget stands firm at 5k max which is of course pretty unrealistic .....but WHAT THINK YE?
HI H.O., (love it)

I'm local to you and I can tell you now that you're searching for a Mare's Nest. You are either getting a near 5m hull at that money or a 6.5 at double the dosh.

PM me if you want to kick any ideas around.
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Old 11 April 2014, 16:33   #7
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This fits none of your criteria (rather it exceeds them all) but worth posting:

2009 Ribcraft Offshore 7.8m RIB with Trailer | eBay
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Old 11 April 2014, 17:04   #8
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This fits none of your criteria (rather it exceeds them all) but worth posting:

2009 Ribcraft Offshore 7.8m RIB with Trailer | eBay
Interesting 0 feedback account. I suspect he could probably introduce you to Robert Mugabe.
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Old 11 April 2014, 18:03   #9
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Same boat apparently in "England" not antrim here: Other - Ribcraft Offshore 7.8m RIB Mercury 200hp 2009 with Trailer Inflatable & RIB for sale in England :: Boatshop24
also at stupidly cheap price...
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Same boat apparently in "England" not antrim here: Other - Ribcraft Offshore 7.8m RIB Mercury 200hp 2009 with Trailer Inflatable & RIB for sale in England :: Boatshop24
also at stupidly cheap price...
I can't believe you just broke the news like that Poly - could you not have let us down more gently?!? You're so blunt at times....
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