Originally Posted by spartacus
Nothing wrong with Bombard. They're owned by Zodiac, who incidentally also own Avon....
As far as I can see the Bombard Explorer DB or SB finish is basically a Zodiac Pro 500....
I used to have a Zodiac Pro, but sold it as it slapped in anything rough, although saying that, it felt safe and I had complete confidence in its build....
Originally Posted by Mollers
Possibly, but I'd rather invest my £11k in something that was really good rather than "nothing wrong".
Sorry about muddling your thread earlier OP, serious time now:
I think Sparticus has hit the nail on the head, Bombard et al
are well enough nailed together and certainly hit a price point that others can't when new (hence frequent advice here to buy a "real" boat secondhand)
Ultimately, I think it comes down to useage. If you're going to remain happy tooling around sheltered bays and coves with the odd sally outside on the best of days, any wee rib will cut the mustard. But if/once you feel ready to expand your horizons, a boat with a fast leisure hull such as the Bombard will not handle a bad chop or worse with any comfort or pleasure, limiting your boating options. If you decide to sell (like Sparticus did) then you're taking the depreciation hit on an almost new boat.
Bear in mind also that on all the brand new 5.5m ribs, the engine, trailer, electronics and equipment cost much the same, so the saving to you is in the actual RIB, meaning it's a VERY CHEAPLY BUILT BOAT.
I suspect that most of the Do or Die squad on here would say don't buy a brand new medium V rib until you're had a few runs on one and compared it to something a bit more rufty tufty in the bumps. There are hundreds of posters on here, and when we're not spoiling newbie threads, we're happy to take folks out for a spin - just ask. (I'm maybe a bit far away, but there's plenty closer)