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Old 18 March 2007, 15:58   #1
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Cheap as chips or dodgy deal?

This looks like a bargain at only a grand http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F137062/. Might be an ideal project for someone if its genuine.
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Old 18 March 2007, 17:54   #2
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I think it's genuine. The motor's pretty much worthless,the trailer's crap and it sounds like it needs a retube-but it's usable and he wants it gone.
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Old 18 March 2007, 18:09   #3
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I bought mine in much the same nick from some-one who wanted it gone. Needed pumping up every couple of hours and new impeller on the motor. Tht looks like a good buy, any idea what make it is?
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Old 18 March 2007, 18:21   #4
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Ribtec, either a 5.35 or a 5.85 I'd guess.
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Old 21 March 2007, 09:03   #5
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Its a 585. Bargin I say
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Old 21 March 2007, 09:25   #6
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Really good value - 585 is an excellent hull
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Old 22 March 2007, 09:50   #7
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The boat is now on ebay, it does look in a very tired state. Check out the a frame looks like lightweight alloy scaffold poles also it was once an inboard and is now fitted with an outboard, so it might well be a money pit http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ribtec-585-RIB...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 22 March 2007, 12:27   #8
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Cheap as Chips - Anyone who's ever attempted to restore a boat of any kind will tell you that its not as cheap to do as people think, start with the transom, looks like its shagged, far to many holes and whats that checker plate hiding ? then the tubes may clean up ok but i'd suggest a re tube, which your looking at 2k ish give or take, then that engine, he's stated it turns over, if it needs a new motor your looking at 7-8k for a proporsional lump, add electrics seating re wire and a trailer that works for the size of boat and your looking at a considerable sum of money to go boating, trust me i wanted to go boating once and thought i'd just go out and buy a cheap boat, but they dont exist........If you want to do anything more that floating around a lake its gona cost money.

Only good thing is he seem to have been fairly honest about the condition.
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Old 22 March 2007, 14:26   #9
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Only good thing is he seem to have been fairly honest about the condition.
The seller does know his boats

He's also refurbed a fair few ribs now, all of which are in active service in a far better condition than when he took them on. Perhaps best not to pass judgement without actually seeing the boat.
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Old 22 March 2007, 15:48   #10
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Not sure about siting astride that jockey seat ow
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