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Old 28 September 2014, 13:41   #1
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New vs old small rib

Which would you buy an old Avon 4m sea rider or something new like the Highfield Classic CL380 RIB Aluminium Hull. Have any of experienced both, I know the sea rider handles very well but I'm worried the Highfield has a shallower hull so it may not be in the same league. Im open to other suggestions, the boat ideally would be at least 3.6m and no more than 4m due to storage.
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Old 28 September 2014, 13:50   #2
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Budgets a big factor here.


Or are you talking new Searider.?
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no not new, i would be looking at 4000 4500 tops. If i got a new boat it would have to be a second hand engine.
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Old 28 September 2014, 13:53   #4
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To make myself clearer,


I don't believe you can get any more smiles per with a 25yr old well used (but maintained) Sr4 package.

However.....if you've got 10k to spend on a new Highfield package all the trimmings then I'd say go for it.
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4500 would buy you a very nice Sr4, with a newish engine on and a trailer


Would you be able to buy the Highfield package and rig it with something reliable for that sort of money.?
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I have a trailer and the new boat is 2799. My main concern is how the new boats handle. It looks to me as the new small sub 4m ribs have a shallower hull. They all seam to be short shaft and the sea rider is long.
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I was very impressed with the Highfield OM460, in particular the seating layout options.

I don't know how different the smaller one is.

..but that price seems cheap.
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When I say impressed.....I mean cosmetic. (I saw them at the boat show)

I would also be interested in how they handle the chop.
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I think the OM460 is a very different beast to the Highfield Classic CL380 RIB. I currently have a honwave 3.2 air deck and I find it just to uncomfortable In anything but flat calm. It's old age catching up with me. I was out fishing whist a 4m sea rider was darting about. It looked a completely different boat to the sib.
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They are completely different animals. The Searider is a deep V sea going rib, where as the Higfield is much more leisure orientated, The Highfield takes a short shaft engine and means the hull is much flatter.

I really like the Highfield, but it needs to be considered more like a very competent sib, rather than a seagoing rib. The Highfield can also be used quite happily with a tiller set up, this gives a lot more space on the deck compared to a Searider with a jockey set up.

IMHO, both are really good boats, but totally different to each other.
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