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Old 19 April 2012, 16:57   #1
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New to this game...

and in he market for a RIB up to 5m for use in the Bristol Channel.
Have spotted plenty of contenders, but this caught my eye on fleabay, any comments as to why I shouldn't would be gratefully received.....

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plus any suggestions for alternatives also gratefully received.
Have about 5k to spend.

Many thanks, Al
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Old 19 April 2012, 17:07   #2
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Had a 535, criticsm's would be seating a bit low, narrow, so not much deck space & lack of storage.
Other than that, cracking boat, very competant hull, excellent build quality, I'd expect about 32 to 35 ish knots out of that one which looks in very good condition

Having had a closer look at the pics I see there's a cable conduit running along the deck, that might be worth a query, I thought the Ribtec's had under deck trunking (at least both of mine had) the console is definately a Ribtec one.
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Looks clean! Worth an inspection
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Old 19 April 2012, 17:43   #4
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I'd definitely go and have at look at that one, it looks bang tidy. That is a good combination and i reckon, correctly prop'd, 35+knts should be possible.

The Ribtec 565 is a cracking little boat.
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Having had a closer look at the pics I see there's a cable conduit running along the deck, that might be worth a query, I thought the Ribtec's had under deck trunking (at least both of mine had) the console is definately a Ribtec one.
The older ones (up to about 2000 I think) didn't.
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Thanks for those very positive replies,Getting up to see it is the only problem, but I'll work on that one. Any thoughts about the price, if the boat has been retubed, should I be concerned about who did the work?
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I reckon it's priced about right. Always good if you can get some money off! The original tubes would have been made by Henshaws, and I reckon there's a good chance they did the replacements. Good luck with it.
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The older ones (up to about 2000 I think) didn't.
Not sure about that Tim my 1996 was under deck as is my 1995 585, Biffer was able to tell me how they were ducted on construction (he used to make them)
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Not sure about that Tim my 1996 was under deck as is my 1995 585, Biffer was able to tell me how they were ducted on construction (he used to make them)
Interesting! I've sold four of them (585s) over the last few years, and only the most recent one had a cable duct. Guess it must have been an optional extra?
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It's back on ebay

Rib Inflatable boat | eBay

and this one's appeared too

RIBTEC 535 RIB | eBay

If it stays at that price that's a real bargain
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