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Old 26 May 2015, 06:52   #1
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Hi all!

Will try to keep this short!

So a friend of mine has had a rib sitting in his garden for about 6 years - it is circa 7m long and also has a Mercury 200 Saltwater V6 on the back - it is also on a trailer!
Manufacturer: no idea (am looking again in more detail this weekend)
Tubes - Don't look great but have seen some good restorations on here so am sure these can be rescued/restored. Will need new strip and handles.
Hull - immaculate from first inspection laying under the boat.
Deck - needs cleaning and new hatch cover
Steering - Hydraulic and it works ok
Engine - has been covered but obviously not started/serviced for ages! Anyone for a manual for this engine???
He only wants a grand for it - I kinda think it is a no brainer for that money to be honest!

Will post some pics on here at the weekend and will then be after lots of advice on the project going forward!!!

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PS: I am not totally new to the water - I used to sail a lot then drove a rescue boat for the sailing club for a few years!
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Old 26 May 2015, 07:23   #2
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It's a no brainer if you want to buy it and chuck it on ebay for a quick profit.

Otherwise, do a VERY VERY careful evaluation of what it'll cost to repair and run. I'd expect the refurb to cost you close to 10k if the engine isn't ok. Trust me. Done it myself. Do your sums then triple them to be in the right ballpark.

It'll burn 15 gallons per hour at cruise speed and 23 gallons an hour without too much trying.
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Old 26 May 2015, 07:35   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

That was my theory behind the "no brainer" comment.

I will basically take it off his hands then do a full assessment - I am sure the grand would come back to me if I decide it is too much to take on!

Watch this space!

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Thanks for the reply!

That was my theory behind the "no brainer" comment.

I will basically take it off his hands then do a full assessment - I am sure the grand would come back to me if I decide it is too much to take on!

Watch this space!

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Sensible! I look forward to pics
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Trust me. Done it myself. Do your sums then triple them to be in the right ballpark.
I remember you saying something along the same lines when I was doing the Searider, I thought to myself at the time that my "fag packet" calculations couldn't be THAT far out........I was wrong!

And I was still wrong when I did my Northcraft.

It's scary where the money goes if you buy the correct stuff.
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Old 26 May 2015, 11:43   #6
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I remember you saying something along the same lines when I was doing the Searider, I thought to myself at the time that my "fag packet" calculations couldn't be THAT far out........I was wrong!

And I was still wrong when I did my Northcraft.

It's scary where the money goes if you buy the correct stuff.
Yep, but it's really nice knowing it'll only need doing once isn't it
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Surely if it was a friend and you didn't want it the right thing to do is tell your friend to sell it on eBay for its market value rather than make a buck?

Or you fix it for him and go halves on it when you punt it and you do all the work.

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Old 26 May 2015, 15:28   #8
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It'll burn 15 gallons per hour at cruise speed and 23 gallons an hour without too much trying.
Do you mean liters?
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Old 26 May 2015, 15:34   #9
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No he means Gals - maybe US Gals if you he's lucky...
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No he means Gals - maybe US Gals if you he's lucky...
Good grief! It seems barely possible - even The Beast wasn't necking that kinda juice.....
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