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Old 11 March 2017, 04:20   #1
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Decisions, decisions

Hi all

Newbie here, just wondered if anyone could spare time for some quick advice/opinion. I was originally planning on buying a new SIB but after researching things, I think a RIB suits my needs better. So I'm now looking at second hand boats. I'm very interested in a 2015 4.2 Mercury Ocean Runner with a Yamaha 40 HP but it's right at the top end of my budget at £5K. I'm going to see this next week but I've just this morning spotted a 1999 Mercury 4.7 Gemini with a 60 HP 2006 Mercury stroker for £3500. I'm thinking the Gemini may just be too old and wont last long so I'm better off shelling out for the Ocean Runner? The other thing is the cheaper boat has a jockey console and bench seat whereas the other one only has a jockey. I'm in a quandary but don't want to mess the seller around so need to decide...!

TIA for any help!
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Old 11 March 2017, 04:41   #2
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Hi wouldn't consider the 1999 unless it's been re tubed they'll be getting to the end of there life my guess the motor is the most valuable part push the budget newer the better and if you want go bigger in in the future you'll have a better resale value regards ian
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Thanks Ian - that concurs with my thinking! Appreciated.
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Hi wouldn't consider the 1999 unless it's been re tubed they'll be getting to the end of there life
Are they PVC or Hypalon? If Hypalon and looked after it could well have as much life left as a 2015 PVC boat...

4.7 should be a better ride than 4.2 - BUT most people here would opt for jockey over bench seat every time, and I think that is important.
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Good point Poly, will check but I think they're PVC. Good tip about the jockey, thinking about that, I can see it would be better for coping with lateral forces.
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Good tip about the jockey, thinking about that, I can see it would be better for coping with lateral forces.
Yes - but everyone else will be perched on the tubes - so unless you're solo....
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Very true - what's your solution, helm with care when passengers are on board?
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- Very true - what's your solution, get a bench seat?
EDIT: You've outpenned me! Yes - that was my conclusion too!

Actually no. I have spent a very great deal on time perched on tubes over the last three decades and I can say with confidence that the best solution is to drive slowly and carefully. Under 20kts and no sudden turns. I don't like bench seats (thwarts). I notice a lot of buyers asking too much from a small boat - generally the loading of PAX or safety equipment. No harm in a small boat, just accept the limitations and work with them. So jockey seat for the helm (for the MANY solo days ) and modify the driving/plan when carrying PAX. Same with safety gear - leave the second anchor and the defib kit at home, pack a picnic instead folks!
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i have spent a very great deal on time perched on tubes over the last three decades and i can say with confidence that the best solution is to drive slowly and carefully.not to take pax
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Thanks, sound advice I reckon! I'm getting the message that sensible and safe is the key when PAX are involved, particularly in the turn. Been reading the MAIB report into the rib Millie accident, sounds like a hook is similar to a high side on a motorbike where the back wheel loses grip then gets it back, with disastrous consequences.




(Sorry for the edit, need to get my brain in gear before typing.)
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