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Old 21 May 2007, 12:21   #21
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Yep, more than welcome for a Sea Trial. I've also dropped the price!
May well take you up on the offer. Hopefully you have sold it (for your sake) but I'm down on the coast at the weekend to do my course. Depending on time I may well give you a call to come and have a look.
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Old 21 May 2007, 12:21   #22
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That's what they said to me. Funnily enough I got what I wanted a week later-and there were plenty more options I could have taken?
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Old 21 May 2007, 12:23   #23
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You won't be able to up-turn a RIB - you're looking at (at a guess) 500kg for a 5m boat...
Sorry - I was only kidding - thought it could be a paddling pool in good weather - roof if bad - not serious though.
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Old 21 May 2007, 12:25   #24
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With a decent beam, you'd be surprised how big and secure a 5.5m RIB can feel. You'd also have less outlay on an outboard and fuel at that size.

If you have the time and the inclination, a possible option is to source a used hull and engine seperately and build it to your requirements.
What is a 'decent beam'? I think the ribs we use at the weekend will be 5.5 which will give me a better idea on what that actually means.
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Old 21 May 2007, 12:27   #25
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I bet you went to B*rnet M*rine and they told you that you're looking for the impossible?

That's what they said to me. Funnily enough I got what I wanted a week later-and there were plenty more options I could have taken?
Actually it wasn't, but in after visiting 3 in W. Sussex, it was clear that the area is wealthy and that their customers had money and they didn't have to work hard to sell very expensive boats.
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Old 21 May 2007, 12:48   #26
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Personally I wouldn't go near a dealer or broker if I was spending 10k. You'll get a significantly better boat privately for that money as there's no dealer's/brokerage markup on it.

Just make sure you take someone who knows what they're doing with you.
This is not always true we sold about 6 under 10k Rib's last year and just this week sold a 6m Osprey Retubed 04 and re-engined 06 for 10,995.

I do agree some dealers just want to sell new, but in my mind it is easier to sell secound hand!

Something will come along!
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Old 21 May 2007, 12:52   #27
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This is not always true we sold about 6 under 10k Rib's last year and just this week sold a 6m Osprey Retubed 04 and re-engined 06 for 10,995.

I do agree some dealers just want to sell new, but in my mind it is easier to sell secound hand!

Something will come along!
Thanks Nick. I know that not all dealers are like that, I think that perhaps in some areas they just don't have to try very hard. Thanks for the encouragement everybody - I feel less of a virgin although still slightly out of my depth.
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May well take you up on the offer. Hopefully you have sold it (for your sake) but I'm down on the coast at the weekend to do my course. Depending on time I may well give you a call to come and have a look.
She's still for sale at present - I'm not around Saturday, but will be on Sunday. Drop me a line if you do want to come and see her.
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She's still for sale at present - I'm not around Saturday, but will be on Sunday. Drop me a line if you do want to come and see her.
Will do - thanks
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