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Old 15 August 2011, 20:30   #1
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new to ribbing, can anyone help??

Hi all, new to this site and to ribbinng, so asking for advice, i recently had a zodiac cadet 310s with a mariner 10hp on and that was crazy fast( for a little boat) 23 knots! So, ive got the bug and want to move on to bigger and better things, looking at a few online. I need something reliable well built and sturdy/sea worthy. Does anyone know what Avon sr4 are like?
have a max budget of 3k. Has to have a fiberglass hull and be a newish outfit (late 90's on)

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Old 15 August 2011, 20:38   #2
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Has to have a fiberglass hull and be a newish outfit (late 90's on)
Welcome to Ribnet.
You're asking a lot-you'll prob get something for that, but it'll be a very poor boat compared with the usually preferred option of a 4m Searider (which you definitely won't get for that price and newish)
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Old 16 August 2011, 04:55   #3
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Don't be afraid to look at older searider boats with newer engine's... my searider is 33 years old and I'd still trust it in any sea's even though its had a few patch's and a bit of hull work... you should get a nice "older" set up for 3k... don't forget to budget for a good VHF Radio
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Old 16 August 2011, 06:26   #4
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Hi, thanks you two yeah the boat im looking at is early 90's with a newer engine. a 50hp mariner, am i right in thinking this should be ample for a 13ft boat?
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I have a 50hp Mercury on a 4m Searider and its goes really well... even with 4/5 aboard people it goes ok. You can even pull skiers if they've got good technique.

Great starter size RIB, easy to launch, easy to handle and normally good re-sale interest... might be worth getting the engine looked over by a pro depending on its service history and your mechanical knowledge... really inspect the hull for damage too etc. and always have a lengthy test drive - and not just one lap of the bay - happy rib'ing !
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