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Old 19 August 2004, 06:15   #1
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Caribe 3.6m 30hp Tohastu - any good for a first time ribster?

I have a friend who wants a small boat for a little bit of watersport, buzzing about, and easy maintainance. Bearing in mind his predicted useage, a rib or a dory would be the sort of thing to go for.

He has found a Caribe 3.6m with 30hp Tohatsu O/B with new fuel tank, all 1998, with serviced trailer, and all is apparently in immaculate condition. I don't think the boat has any lights or toys as such.

Is this a good little boat for this guy? He plans to use it in Christchurch/Poole.

Does anybody have any experience of Caribe?

Does anybody have any experience of Tohatsu 30hp?

The boat if up for 2500, but the owner has indicated there may some room for negotiation.


Any feed back much welcomed.

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Old 19 August 2004, 06:24   #2
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Carible are just fine - not Zodiac or Avon quality but certainly ok. 2500 sounds ok if it a RIB with a jockey/bench console and wheel. If it's just an inflatable then 2500 or even 2000 is too high. Take a quick look at www.boatsandoutboards.com where you'll find a number of good comparrisions. The engine make is also perfectly ok. Good luck. Oh and "yes" this size is ok for a first time ribster, a 360 will pull a skier (kids / women / light bloke) and will be quite comfy in slight sea conditions, however, he'll soon want something larger once the bug hits so perhaps look at spending another 500 and buting a Zodiac Futura with a 50hp on the tail. again there's plenty on the aforemantioned site. Don't forget - it's the end of the season so don't be afraid to bid people well below their asking price - you can always go up but never down.
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Old 19 August 2004, 07:31   #3
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Caribe 3.6m and 30hp Tohastu are just fine as a first time boat, we have had a number of clients start with boats in this range. However as MeMe says it wont be long untill the "Need" for something bigger kicks in. What ever they choose I hope they enjoy!

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Old 19 August 2004, 08:01   #4
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Thanks.....i will pass this on to him, and will persist in getting him to log into this site, and find out for himself...

Any further comments obviously still apprectiated.

I agree about wanting something bigger....but we all have to start somewhere......

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