Originally Posted by ourtess
What's the cheapest new new 4M RIB/engine/trailer package in the UK?
Summer use, fishing.
I saw a chap selling a 4M Tohatsu with 40 hp Tohatsu for 5k5. Are these any good?
I suspect this is a common "question" that newbies to RIBS have (I know i did) - and I now
think it is the wrong approach.
Value for money is more important than absolute cost. I ended up with a "not quite" RIB (solid sponsons so not inflatable
) by approaching it from the standpoint you did. I don't regret it but next time round I will be asking a different question:
"For my budget of £ XXX what is the best value for money boat I can get that meets my needs."
My needs next time around will probably be better served by a longer boat (although storage is an issue for me then). My budget last time round was a little less than yours (you should be able to get a RB (non RIB) new for about £4k inc trailer and 20-25 hp engine). Hopefully next time it will be a bit bigger. I didn't want an "old" boat because I didn't want maintainance hastle. But 2 or 3 years old might be a sensible compromise. All out speed isn't that
critical to me. Seating layout will be more important to me next time round.
What sort of waters/weathers are you planning to use it in (i.e. how choppy) has a big bearing on hull design.
Sorry that doesn't actually answer your question... ...but perhaps turn the question around to - whats the best boat I can get for fishing with £5,500 - oh and if you asked me that question I would suggest it might not be a rib!
There are things you can do to save a few £. Rig the boat yourself, go PVC in place of hypalon, get a smaller engine, do without an a-frame, get a crap trailer, etc. None of them actually get you a better boat for less £ though.
Finally bear in mind that: life jackets, flares, vhf, anchor, waterproofs/dry suits, gps, etc etc will all add cost probably budget at least £500 to get a 4m boat ready for the sea with 3 people on board.