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Old 26 June 2015, 00:58   #11
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I saw reviews on here regarding the boat I bought which quite frankly put me off them. In the end all I can say is my Zodiac 550 is the most fun Ive had in a boat in years, maybe its just the newer models are better or the people who complain about a poor handling boat have bought one poorly set-up and don't know about engine height and propping etc.

Ive been lucky at sniffing out bargains in boats and have yet to lose any money on any Ive bought, I do often have to travel long distances to get the bargains though.

My advice is test any boat you consider buying and try and get out in as many as you can for a test. This site is a great place to try and get a few rides in different boats, I for one would gladly take anyone out for a run in mine.

By the way jockey seats would be the first thing I would take off any boat but each to their own, infact there have been so many boats I didnt even look at because of them when I was looking for a boat.

The cost of travelling a few hours for the offer of a ride out in someones boat is nothing compared to buying a boat you aren't happy with, also builds new friendships and puts a face to a name on a forum.

Anyone willing to give the guy a run in their boat?

Jon
Some solid advise / views there Jon thanks
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Old 26 June 2015, 01:00   #12
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Did seeing my project sitting on the drive make you want to move away from the jets? Lol

Haha Hey Jim! Nah already had one mate, considering an upgrade!
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Old 26 June 2015, 04:27   #13
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Nobody buys a rib as an investment.

Without doubt the recession impacted resale prices as I people found themselves either needing to free up capital or avoid running costs even if it meant taking a hit. I'm not sure if they have completely recovered, I expect that borrowing to buy is harder so will also restrict the value.
That is except as a marine buisness, brokerage or boat yard etc etc buying and selling all manner of boats inc RIBs - hopefully at a protfit (otherwise you wont be in buisness for long..... )
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Old 26 June 2015, 05:26   #14
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Old 26 June 2015, 05:27   #15
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Old 26 June 2015, 09:20   #16
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Haha Hey Jim! Nah already had one mate, considering an upgrade!
Iv got a zapcat I can sell you. These seem to hold their value and don't have the issues mentioned of bench seats/jockey consoles lol
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