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Old 10 July 2012, 11:04   #1
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Porters Rib for sale, any thoughts

Hi, I'm a newby here and I recently agreed to buy this on ebay

Porters 6.5 meter RIB with Evinrude 135hp & trailer | eBay

Unfortunately when I viewed 10 or so days after the pictures were taken, the tubes looked like this.

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Outcome, whilst initially told that deflation wasn't a problem, two holes were found in the tubes which are very worn, I withdrew from the transaction and the boat has been re-listed with the text Please note: I am re-listing this due to a buyer clicking the buy-it-now button and then changing his mind. PLEASE don't waste my time by doing the same.

Is this really how ribbers behave?

I pulled out of the deal as the boat was not as described, if you are interested in buying such a rib make sure you check it very carefully!

The communities thoughts are welcome
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Old 10 July 2012, 11:12   #2
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Is this really how ribbers behave?

I pulled out of the deal as the boat was not as described, if you are interested in buying such a rib make sure you check it very carefully!

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I don't think that ribbers behave in any particular way. Was this content in the original ad?

"Being 10 years old its not sparkling new there is a bit of wear and tear here and there. Specifically there is a small amount of wear in places on the tops of the tubes, and three of the seat cushions are splitting along the seams."

If it was, then you're probably barking up the wrong forum
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Old 10 July 2012, 11:15   #3
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[/B]Is this really how ribbers behave?
which? clicking on 'buy it now' on ebay to make a contractual commitment and then pulling out or listing stuff on ebay with optimistic descriptions etc? I'd say that ribbers are just a subset of the wider population and so both forms of 'ebay problem' are just as likely.
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I pulled out of the deal as the boat was not as described, if you are interested in buying such a rib make sure you check it very carefully!

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generally for rib like items - (1) inspect before you buy especially if like this one they are 'elderly' (2) treat with suspicion any listing which appears good value and gets relisted because of a time waster - its quite likely a sign that its not as good a deal as it seems.
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Without sounding to harsh and dont take this the wrong way.
Why on earth would anyone agree to buy anything of that value before viewing it and trying it out.
Im only a siber but when i purchased both my boat and engine seperatly i viewed before agreeing anything.
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Thanks for your insight, it was the original content but I would have thought leaky tubes would be recognised as an issue and not as a bit of wear and tear. As I say I am a newbie and therefore maybe a bit naive. I guess I'm also a bit dissapointed by effectively being labelled as a time waster. The listing was for returns accepted and I assumed a rib that doesn't hold air would have been fair grounds to reject.
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Small leaks or seeps are fairly common on a RIB of that age, but are obviously a disappointment when you don't expect them. I read that ad to be fairly straight - he lists a lot of faults that many would not. Bear in mind also that the photos were taken on a warm sunny day, your visit was on a cool wet one - this deflates tubes remarkably, something a newbie would not perhaps be aware of. This may have influenced the vendors opinion, but mostly I would imagine he just wants to explain the reappearance of his RIB on the market...

Your first post on here was a fairly "edgy" one, but you shouldn't take our comments as unwelcoming - we're just a bit "taken aback". I hope you continue to frequent the forum - it's quite useful - so Welcome!

BTW, the engine on the RIB was probably the worst thing about it - you were a lucky man in some ways...
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Old 10 July 2012, 11:32   #7
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I wouldn't worry about the minor ebay bitching ..( you should read what goes onon here ! ) . I'd also think that a lot of ebay sellers don't actually pay any attention to the 'returns accepted bit' of the listing process and option - its been a while since I sold on ebay so not 100% sure of the actual process nowadays)

One persons wear & tear is another persons worn out, but not actually staying inflated I think is not on.

There will be better boats ( and engines on those boats) for that money about due to the total lack of summer this year so I'd keep looking and as said always go look at a boat or get some one to go for you who you trust and knows thier stuff.
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Theres 2 for sale on here
Delta 5.8m dive rib for sale

http://www.rib.net/forum/f21/picton-...str-49250.html
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Small leaks or seeps are fairly common on a RIB of that age, but are obviously a disappointment when you don't expect them. I read that ad to be fairly straight - he lists a lot of faults that many would not. Bear in mind also that the photos were taken on a warm sunny day, your visit was on a cool wet one - this deflates tubes remarkably, something a newbie would not perhaps be aware of. This may have influenced the vendors opinion, but mostly I would imagine he just wants to explain the reappearance of his RIB on the market...

Your first post on here was a fairly "edgy" one, but you shouldn't take our comments as unwelcoming - we're just a bit "taken aback". I hope you continue to frequent the forum - it's quite useful - so Welcome!

BTW, the engine on the RIB was probably the worst thing about it - you were a lucky man in some ways...
I apologise if the post seemed edgy, I am a) dissapointed and b) a touch miffed at the time-waster inference, I guess that may have come across in my original post

Thanks for welcoming words though
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Old 10 July 2012, 11:52   #10
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Is that RIB at <location removed>

There are a few RIBs there and most of them seem to be in a bit of a state (flat tubes, etc.) Of course, apologies to anyone who's RIB is there and is in immaculate order..!

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