Originally posted by Pete7
I have a feeling that Raider Ribs were the forerunner to Blue Water Maritime. BWM started in 1990 or there abouts. The person you need to speak to is Paul Lemmer now running a rib buying and selling brokerage. You might have to look at Hotribs or Ribnet links page to find him.
Can't help but think that a mid 80s 65 hp engine is going to be anything other than a heap of trouble and spares difficult to find. Would be worth looking at changing it unless its identical to the 3 cly 60 and 70 hp versions. However it is an old engine!
If the price is right (cheap) and the condition of the rib good then could be worth looking at. Saw a 5.5 Raider red, black and orange on the Round Scotland Race in 92 with a 115 Suzuki on the back end. Went like a rat out of an aquaduct. Medium v hull but no worse for that as it makes them quick and easy to plane at the expense of off shore performance.
BWM used to call their larger RIBs Rapier - 8-9m. I notice that Paul Lemmer's website (as linked by charles) now has a range or Rapiers incl a 6.3m. Guess these are the RIBS previously known as BWM and the 6.3m is what used to be called the Deepsea 21.
Whats also interesting is that I believe that Parker RIBS are based on the BWM designs. (I'm sure Andre can comment on this!).
Raider RIBS I believe were budget Ribcraft as Mike C's says. But relatively recently produced (last 5 years). So would be puzzled to find newish RIB with mid 80's engine? Think unless it was a very good price I'd give it a miss as you could spend as much again on new engine as the boat.