Originally Posted by Nick Hearne
Well I still am going around & around on this one!
Still like the cobrs, but worried by the wet hard ride??
Ribeye looks very strong contender!
But 7.5 scorpion is looking good like this one http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/LYM044/
Would like more storage & the sub lounger but it is a scorpion!!
Any first hand experience on any? if so lets hear you thoughts!
Confused of beaconsfield
Putting it in to a contect you may be more familiar with the differnce between a Ribeye and a Scorpion is the difference between a Ryobi and an Elu router.
that boat looks in very good condition and the ride will be all you are looking for in a boat and the Opti 200 are very enjoyable lumps.
Id certainly buy a secondhand Scorpion before I bought a new Ribeye cos I think the Scorpion would lose less money over the next four years. But then you's expect me to say that. I had a Scorpion 6.5 for three years and it worked hard (over 1000 hours) the boat never failed to thrill but also because it was made properly it was easy to keep on top of..
Things to watch out for if looking at the boat
Have a good look at the nose (Alright Stem) of the boat where the toobs do be joining the hull Have a look to see how much abrasion is on the Hyperlon.
If it's a little bit then that's probably in keeping with the claimed hours if there is a lot of abrasion it's probably done a lot more hours
i have yet to see a manufacturers wiring job that really impressed me (apart from an extreme hardboat) and Scorpions are no exception have a good look at the wiring inside the hatch and see how rough./ good it looks
if you want new don't overlook the Shakespeare 720 as constructed by Steve the boat. They are very reasonably priced very well made and would fit in your budget. Theres a demo boat at Drivers Wharf in Southampton..... they might let you have a go