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Old 09 October 2012, 08:07   #1
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RIB inspection service?

I'm looking to purchase a 2nd hand Rib, but not an expert in spotting the possible issues.

I don't have a specific boat lined up yet, but the area would be south-coast.

Is there anyone out there / recommendations for something equivalent to the RAC inspection? i.e. someone to come along [for a fee] and advise on any issues - possibly rough views on costs for any repairs necessay?

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Old 09 October 2012, 08:47   #2
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Duncan Saunders surveyor at Hamble is one great option , he is. Ribnet sure too!!
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Old 09 October 2012, 09:12   #3
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Alternatively, just purchase through a reputable broker.
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The fact that you're on here means you'll have a pretty good idea of the difference between a good and bad boat.

I got Mark from MB marine to survey my engine, I figured a Mercury engineer would be in a better position to find out if there were any problems, he also looked over everything else for me.
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Alternatively, just purchase through a reputable broker.
Really? Surely that's like a used car salesman telling a buyer not to bother with an AA inspection?

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Old 09 October 2012, 09:45   #6
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Second vote here for Duncan.

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Duncan Saunders surveyor at Hamble is one great option , he is. Ribnet sure too!!
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Really? Surely that's like a used car salesman telling a buyer not to bother with an AA inspection?

I think you've been too long in Ireland my friend

The clarification was "reputable" - otherwise I might agree!
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Second vote here for Duncan.
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Old 09 October 2012, 10:32   #9
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I think you've been too long in Ireland my friend

The clarification was "reputable" - otherwise I might agree!
That was quite good, two Oxymorons in one post

Seriously though - do you really mean that a boat broker (a beneficiary of the sale) would fulfill the same function as a Marine Surveyor/inspector/mechanic? Surely there is a conflict of interest there somewhere?

You seem to be suggesting that people should dispense with the services of marine surveyors in favour of buying from an "honest John" broker. Who are the reputable brokers? Are they certified or inspected for "reputation"?

Now, if a broker was offering me a warranty, instead of the usual telephone book's worth of legalese cop-out weasel words, then I might have more confidence in trusting him to sell me a good 'un.

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Old 09 October 2012, 10:35   #10
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define reputable

I bought an almost new boat from a large dealer in the midlands in 2008 after seeing the boats at the boatshow and taking a test drive etc . big positve reviews in magazines etc of the boats and the dealer . Ha Ha
I didn't keep the boat long and sold it on almost as new with under 100 hrs on it .

the hull later developed a serious manufacturing fault with large cracks appearing down the chines the dealer did a very bodged repair with what looked like gel coat filler , now its split again and they won't help . Looks likie the boat could be a write off .
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