Originally Posted by Superjetjim
What's the general thoughts on RIB values on typical boats such as Ribeye 600's assume an age of 2002 > 2006? Are the values pretty static or on the up or perhaps down? Market pretty buoyant?
Just trying to work out if this is a safe place for my money!
Are jockey seats a must rather than bench seats and does this effect resale?
the popular boats tend to hold their value well such as redbay, ribcraft, osprey etc.
i would put ribeye in the middle of the market in terms of value and demand. ribeye build more boats than the "premier" ribs so that impacts their market value accordingly.
rib prices are fairly static and don't depreciate like other boats in my experience. as an example i lost 2k on my old boat after 5 years of use when i traded it in. it is for sale for considerably more than i paid for it 5 years ago...amazing to me but the demand must be there.
i don't notice much of a difference between winter and summer prices, perhaps because most ribs are kept on the trailer ready to go at pretty much any time? pure guess there on my part.
is a rib a safe place for your money....well....it's a boat! so probably not, lol. it depends on what rib you get more than anything else. what engine is on it also plays a big part ofcourse. i may get flamed for this but i would suggest it is easier to sell a boat with a 4 stroke than any 2 stroke. not because modern 2 strokes are bad, just most people assume they are old tech and want a 4 stroke. ofcourse those in the know will know about the etec/optimax and may favour those over a 4 stroke....i wouldn't, but to each their own.
jockey seats are more popular and a boat with jockey seats "should" sell for more than bench seats......all depends what the buyer is looking for though. you will probably also pay more for the jockey seat version to begin with so you need to factor that in.
this is why rib's are so personal, they are very customisable out the factory so there is always a compromise somewhere in the used market.
i hope that somewhat answers what you wanted.