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Old 05 March 2006, 17:58   #11
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Steve, as i remember a winner wildcat was something like this

http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F81871/

back over here, would guess the one you are looking at would be 3.4 -4 k ish,asking, but you have to factor in, cost to ship to your ?? 1000/1200 maybe ??

As mentioned, most of the valve/possable problems are in the engine, have a word with the local dealer,s mechinics, to see if they are ok to look after/get bits if needed !!

Tim
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Old 05 March 2006, 18:27   #12
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http://leisure.uk.freeads.net/THIS_I...T.I-107912.htm

Possibly another one like your boat???
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Old 05 March 2006, 19:56   #13
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In my experience, old fiberglass hulls don't really die, they just get banged up, scratched and faded. Unless they have a balsa or plywood core, the hulls really don't deteriorate. As someone else has mentioned, if there's structural wood in the boat, that's the part that can go bad if it's wet. Other than that, it's all about the condition of the engine.

Get the rib!
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Old 05 March 2006, 20:04   #14
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Tim - that was about the only thing my search turned up was that one.

The hull looks very similar but then I guess the wet bit on most speedboats will be more or less the same shape, form following function - the dry bit looks quite a bit different though, and the stern around the motor mount is different to the one codprawn found. It does have a very similar looking triple-paned front screen but the interior is considerably less "agricultural".

There isn't really anybody here specialising in boat maintenance, not that sort anyway (if you want a jigger or trawler fixed that's OK though!) as there are relatively few here and I think most owners probably do (or don't) their own maintenance.

So I don't really know what to do - I'll have a look at the RIB first anyway, not in a big hurry despite the weather having been producing a lot of "I wish I had a boat today" days lately! Seems to me like rushing into this could be ill-advised, better to think about it and look at all the other options.

Yeah - freight for anything shipped ex UK is likely to be about 1000 minimum - a 5m boat is gonna be about 10cbm shipping volume give or take, anything bigger is going to be more. That's my biggest problem really - lack of options available locally - wish I had some of the selection from over there to choose from!!!
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Old 05 March 2006, 20:10   #15
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not being funny but i wouldnt even think of spending that much money on sumthing that old as for the engine though you can get all the parts you will ever need from american marine imports they are fairly cheap too and get all the parts to you within a couple of days.
if its sumthing that old then i'd be looking to pay 2500
i mean if your intrested in a 17ft fletcher with 90hp mariner ,snipe trailer then im looking for about 4000 4 it

put ur purse in your back pocket and sit on it (dont get up till ur goin to see that rib)
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Old 06 March 2006, 04:40   #16
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i would say without a doubt go for the rib, an old speedboat like that could turn out to be allot of problems, i dont know if its possible, but if you went out in both boats youd notice a massive difference, as has been mentioned, i wouldnt pay 5k for an old speedboat like that, and if cost means the rib simply isnt possible, then make sure yu get a bargain on the other boat, i would also say in the region of 2.5k-3k! the humbers are ery good boats, and i would assume the engine may be an opti.......do you know? because it would make a big difference on the quality of set up!

at the end of the day you may find that paying 1000 to ship a rib from here over thereis worth it to ensure you get the boat you want, there are plenty of sub 5k ribs over here that i would rather have than the speedboat!!!

i can vouch for humber
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Old 06 March 2006, 07:03   #17
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I vaguely recollect someone from ribnet giving training in the Faulklands. Could it have been Wavelength? It might be worth having a chat.
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Old 06 March 2006, 10:18   #18
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I think it was - as part of my searching I searched for "Falklands" and one or two came up and that name rings a bell.

Another question which occurred to me while watching somebody on the weekend in a Rigid Raider (which is quite heavy) with not much more than the prop in the water going into a strong headwind - what is the "critical airspeed" of a RIB in terms of when you start to get a serious danger of it flipping up if it comes out of the water over a wave? Wind speed here is often 25 knots or so, and any kind of a serious speed into that kind of headwind is start to get up to the speed where most small aeroplanes fly ... what about small boats?! just a thought.... sorry its probably a stupid newbie question but the thought did cross my mind!

I'll try and find out more about the rib and maybe have a go in it to see how it compares to the boat.

Thanks
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Old 06 March 2006, 11:26   #19
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Stephen,

If I was in your situation, I would take the time to come over here and test 12 or 15 boats and talk to some of the dealers about good and bad points on different models. I would not be making a choice between the two options that are available to you locally.

Hopefully, you would find something that you reallly like and will be thoroughly suitable. When you have it shipped back, make sure that you include the spares/consumables that you will need for your choice.

Even if you came over and bought nothing (because of the expense ?) it would still be a good investment and you may find that you have saved yourself from buying a dog !!

My humble opinion only...


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Old 06 March 2006, 13:30   #20
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Given this news you might want to buy a tank instead Des
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