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Old 12 September 2015, 17:18   #1
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Help Please: Buying a Luxury RIB

Hi All,

I could really use some guidance and advice please. I have never owned a boat and want to get the best value possible.

My family have a place in Ibiza, Spain and I am very interested in buying a second hand luxury RIB for daytime excursions and just to chill out for the day. My budget is around $100,000 and I am willing to buy in the UK or mainland Europe. I would prefer to spend less, so if there is a good option second hand for much less, even better.

Here is what I am looking for in an ideal world:

- great value
- minimal maintenance headaches
- can transport at least 8 people in comfort
- I would love to be able to have a bed/sun lounger so I can catch some Z's on a beautiful sunny day
- water sports would be cool but is the least important on the list.

I have been told that RIBs involve minimal maintenance compared to other boats that is what pushed me
in this direction.

Is there a big benefit to inboard vs outboard engines? I would imagine outboard engines are easier to steal. The boat will be on a mooring buoy at our local seaside restaurant (5 min from our house) 5 months of the year when my family are in town. This makes the theft factor a consideration.

I really like the Dariel ribs and the Strider ribs but they are going for big money. I am not educated enough about all the other options out there and that is why I am here.

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100k is a lot to spend on a first rib. Is that 100k GBP, US$, EUR or something else?

Outboards are nickable. But the size of OB you'll need ain't gonna be liftable from the mooring so the boat needs nicking first... You'll find plenty of advice on here about security using the search functions.

OB = Petrol, IB = Diesel. Dockside access to fuel may decide for you.

Maint Headaches - less or different?

No matter what you'll have an engine that needs maintained.

Not sure what you'll get in terms of sun loungers on a RIB. Its a bit of an oxymoron - RIBs are designed for use when it gets rough. Loungers are not!
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Thanks for your advice

100k USD... This is flexible, but I would prefer to spend less.

Noted on the sun lounger... I would love to be able to drop the anchor, have a snooze and catch some sun. I think many ribs with inboard engines have a place to lie down above them.
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$100k is a lot of money, but in the luxury market it can quickly evaporate.

One thing you'll need to consider is secure storage, probably dry storage, under cover for when you're not using it. A 7-8m Rib won't be cheap.

Then find yourself a broker/dealer and try a few boat options on the water. Then can get a full marine survey checking hull, engine, history, credit, etc.

Goldfish ribs would fit the bill in terms of comfort, style, capacity, with sun deck area. Something like the Goldfish 25. Even then, you might have to be flexible on budget.
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$100k is a lot of money, but in the luxury market it can quickly evaporate.
65k is small beer in the Luxury inboard RIB market.

OP - RIBs need maintenance, just like any other boat (and THEY need lots). A RIB left on a mooring for five months will need even more. Unless someone is employed to take care of it or some of the family are in a position to do so, then it will soon become unusable and your money will be wasted.
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65k is small beer in the Luxury inboard RIB market.
BUT - a lot of money for someone who's never owned a boat before.

Now can the OP enlighten me... ...why offer up a budget in a currency that the boat almost certainly won't be purchased with?
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Noted on the sun lounger... I would love to be able to drop the anchor, have a snooze and catch some sun. I think many ribs with inboard engines have a place to lie down above them.
Lots of in-boards have a flat cover above the inboard. Some may be designed to lie on. Some are definitely not. I suspect for the right budget anything is possible. Of course the disadvantage is thats a big chunk of space that isn't nice seating for your 8 passengers. Assuming you aren't moving 8 people on the tubes that makes your boat bigger which means a bigger engine, big build costs, bigger running costs etc. Gradually that US$100k budget becomes impossible to achieve.
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BUT - a lot of money for someone who's never owned a boat before.

Now can the OP enlighten me... ...why offer up a budget in a currency that the boat almost certainly won't be purchased with?
My thought too, first post, from London boat to be in Spain and talking $!
Some right glob trotter

Think I would be looking local to where you will keep it as when you should have some sort of local backup and build some local loyalty with the purchase!
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Help Please: Buying a Luxury RIB

I don't know much about the Dariel or Strider RIBs, but something like a Stingher 800GT would probably fit the requirements pretty well. A new one wouldn't be massively over budget and a used one would be considerably less.

Assuming there's petrol on the quayside then there's no real benefit of going diesel. If the boat gets stolen from a swinging mooring then it won't matter what sort of engine it's got.
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Now can the OP enlighten me... ...why offer up a budget in a currency that the boat almost certainly won't be purchased with?
Why should he? He's looking for a boat in the UK - or on the Mainland so dollars cover everywhere surely? This IS an International Forum owned by an American after all. Bear in mind too that Chelsea and Kensington have almost 6% USA citizens as residents - so maybe dollars are his "home currency".

Either way - he's a bit short in the budget department

As an aside - I'm not an adherent to the creed that says a boater has to start off in an SR4 and work their way up. If you can afford a 7-8m boat and have someone to assist/train you - why not jump in the deep end?
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