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Old 17 January 2007, 09:08   #1
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Cheapest new 4m RIB with engine in UK?

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?
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Old 17 January 2007, 10:08   #2
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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.
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Thanks for the answer polwart, appreciate it.
Funny enough one of my reasons for ging for a RIB is it's low height above water. With a hard boat I need to call the habourmaster to swing a footbridge, the RIB lads are able to nip under.
I was just wondering if anyone had found a nice well made solid bottom RIB, perhaps from Poland or some such place?
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i bought an adventure 450 + 35hp selva last year for just under 6k grand boat for the money and run it for peanuts we had loads of fun on it even crossed the irish sea a few times. Have now upgraded to a 5.85 ribcraft + 140hp.
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Not sure I see the point on that one.

The high point of a RIB is likely to be the outboard, assuming you're rigging for max clearance. That means no console, tiller steering, no A-Frame.

On a hard boat in the Jon boat style (or skiff style), the high point is likely to be... The outboard. Again, tiller steering, no console, no arch.

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i bought an adventure 450 + 35hp selva last year for just under 6k grand boat for the money and run it for peanuts we had loads of fun on it even crossed the irish sea a few times. Have now upgraded to a 5.85 ribcraft + 140hp.
Irish sea in a 4.5m rib??

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Irish sea in a 4.5m rib??

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There are some people on here that went around the British Ilse in this size rib not so long ago!
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Not sure I see the point on that one.

The high point of a RIB is likely to be the outboard, assuming you're rigging for max clearance. That means no console, tiller steering, no A-Frame.

On a hard boat in the Jon boat style (or skiff style), the high point is likely to be... The outboard. Again, tiller steering, no console, no arch.

jky
Sounds good, but wrong.
The cuddy style boats used for fishing over this side are at least twice as tall as a RIB. The other option is a little displacement flat boat (all of 8mph).
I speak from experience, having owned both cuddy boats and an inflatable (but never a fast RIB).
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Sounds good, but wrong.
The cuddy style boats used for fishing over this side are at least twice as tall as a RIB. The other option is a little displacement flat boat (all of 8mph).
I speak from experience, having owned both cuddy boats and an inflatable (but never a fast RIB).
Your other option would be something like a dory - but depends on how choppy the water is.
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I rented a RIB in the Med last summer. I loved driving her. Rather fancied a bit of that as well as the fishing.
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