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Old 27 July 2018, 07:07   #1
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New and looking for advice

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well.

I am new to the forum. I am looking to pick your brains as to suitable options for myself, I am after a rib that I can take some friends out on and cruise around and one that can also take some rough weather (ex lifeboat helmsman).

I would like a rib that is:

Around 5m is length +/-
Preferably 60hp+
capable of 25+ knots
The budget of 6500 (or cheaper )

What would you guys recommend.
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Old 27 July 2018, 07:23   #2
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something like a 5.4 searider should suit you, very capable boats
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Old 27 July 2018, 07:50   #3
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worth chatting to these guys


Rib World - Used Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS)
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Old 27 July 2018, 08:34   #4
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Plenty of ex dive ribs meet the criteria Humber’s SR5.4s, tornados few more just stay away from the leisure market type stuff stick with orange tubes and jockey seats.

Just examples

https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/...der-rib/187181

https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/...er-5-4m/222130

https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/...tec-535/220711

https://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/...ntic-21/225543
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Old 27 July 2018, 09:38   #5
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avon 5.4 sea rider

Cheap boat
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Old 27 July 2018, 12:10   #6
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Its easy to drop into that how it used to be in the good old days but buying annything 20 years old to take friends on a sea voyage may be a little suspect in my opinion , you say you are an ex lifeboat helmsman so your going to be preety weather swithched on ,your not planning to show your friends how it used to be on a shout in any weather i suspect , many of the leisure availiable ribs are great value for money ,engines are all the same anyway ,if its a 2008 mariner 4 stroke it dont matter what its on it doesnt change its value ,same with a poor codition trailer ,dont matter whats sitting on it ,20 year old electronics are worth nothing as it would poss be worth keeping a bit back for a decent gps /sonar and up to date vhf , just my opinion but lots of guys on here are real purists (and i have total respect for that ) but if thats what you are planning then my post is rubbish , but i have a hunch that it may be just a bit of safe adventure and fun you are looking for , have seen a couple of xpro type boats one in beccles i think and there was one in lowestoft , bid em hard if they wanted 10k when the sun was out ,bid 6k when the season has peaked ,be a hard sell after the 1st of august i reckon
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Old 27 July 2018, 13:43   #7
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Hey, thank you for all the advice. The sea rider in this thread doesn't really look like the boat for me but I have seen an ex RN searider which looks interesting! No not looking to scare my friends or show them what a boat can do in heavy swells but I do like rough conditions and playing in the waves :P
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Old 27 July 2018, 14:57   #8
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Having owned two 5.4 sea riders myself I still don’t know what people see in them. You can do much better, Humber ocean pro / destroyer (build quality aside) Delta, Ribcraft etc are all far better boats than the old “5.4 chinerider” as we call it.
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Old 27 July 2018, 15:55   #9
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Ribcraft 4.8 commercial. Rated for 75hp, but 60hp seems to be well suited.

Had mine since 2010 and it does everything I ask of it, whether North Sea rough chop or Atlantic swells. Also right size if your single handed launching and retrieving, but be warned, this is not a light boat.

6,500 might be lower end of budget for a decent example, but hypalon tubes are well made. plus you can customise with genuine Ribcraft A-frame, wing-back jockey seats and flow-coat the deck.

Be prepared to travel when one comes up.
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https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F283069117329

Just had a search on EBay for you and this is what I found - https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F283069117329

Great boat!! Many will agree Im sure.
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https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F283069117329

Just had a search on EBay for you and this is what I found - https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F283069117329

Great boat!! Many will agree Im sure.
do you think theres alot there of any value at 7495
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no agreed orwell boy but Id pay 5.5-6k for that max. The market currently is silly. October / November is the time to buy...
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