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Old 09 August 2016, 18:36   #11
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Its all about the engine make sure that is ok don't worry to much about the boat repairs they will never be as expensive as a replacement engine .
New tubes on a SR probably more than a reasonably new engine. Professional transom or deck replacement will be painfully expensive too.
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Buy yourself a compression tester. Check the compression on all the cylinders. Should be within 10% of each other. It's a pretty Normal process for buying a used outboard.
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Also check for soft spots in the deck and, check and make sure the internal baffles are intact. Just deflate one chamber at a time.
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Thanks for the advice. I've a compression tester so will certainly undertake this test.
I'm still debating the RIB / SIB thing. My heart is saying ex RNLI D class. My head is stating this RIB !
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I'm still debating the RIB / SIB thing. My heart is saying ex RNLI D class. My head is stating this RIB !
Sibs have many things going for them, but for normal domestic use D class doesn't really bring those benefits (relatively heavy, too big to fold up easily, 40hp heavy to manhandle). So unless you have a special need for a big tiller steered sib then you are being sacked in to the RNLI "pedigree". These days that usually means you get a very tired boat that has been well (ab)used before you get it, but with a premium exRNLI price tag.

If it's going to be used on a trailer anyway, the Searider is more suited to *most* leisure use.
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I switched from a sib to a rib recently. Primarily because you can do more with them. Sibs are great but they have more limitations. The class D is for going out and doing rescues in rough weather where access is limited. I don't think that's what you will be using it for? Ribs are a little more user friendly and straightforward. In a non rescue situation you will rarely if ever benefit from having the class D.
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Many thanks. All good responses. SeaRider it is.
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