Originally Posted by ourtess
I'm looking for a 4m RIB with decent engine up to 4 years old. Anyone got one for sale? 'cos I am interested...
(I'm in North Lancashire at the moment)
I'd agree with Nos4r2 than the searider is one of best 4m RIB's around. Have always felt safe in mine and it's got us home in some terrible conditions. They can be a bit wet and the accomodation is a little cramped but they are excellent boats. The sea-keeping ability is awesome, helped by the true deep vee hull and fact they are that bit heavier than some other 4m RIB's.
You can prob get a really good condition one older than 4 years. If you did that your budget could then possibly stretch to get a new / newish engine (40 or 50HP) which gives you the confidence it's not going to break down. That's what I did when I got my SR4 and then transferred engine to new boat.
I've got a 1981 SR4 with 25hp suzi for sale but I guess that's a bit too old for you (cheap tho!). Needs a bit of work - a good winter project. Tubes hold air but inner floor needs repaired. New trailer etc.
Good luck in your boat choice!