Originally Posted by v666
I am not new to boats but have never owned a RIB and I am looking for a little advice.
We are a family of 4 ( with 2 boys aged 10 and 9 ) and want a rib for fun but also the ability to undertake some cruising.
The rib will be based in Plymouth and either kept on hard standing or if the cost is in budget then taken out of the water by forklift and kept on racking. It would only get towed maybe 1 or twice a year.
I am trying to buy a boat that will give us 5 years use as the boys grow, so will be used for trips as far as IOW and across to Jersey along with towing skiers and toys.
I have spent many hours reading these forums assimilating as much information as I can, and I am now starting to go round in circles. So I phoned Ribcraft (only 45 mins away from me) and booked a factory visit. I was shown round by the aftersales guy who was very helpful and answered any questions I had. The only down side so far is the 5-6 month delivery time.
They are sending me a quote for a 585 with 2 single and 2 double jockey seats with a Suzuki 140 4 four stroke and then I’m off for a demo down at Weymouth next weekend.
So, back to the advice I need,
Is the Suzuki 140 the right engine ?
Do I really need their £2500 trailer ?
Can I buy better for my 20 (ish) thousand ?
Or should I take the gamble I will find a good new’ish rib for 20k second hand between March and May next year ?
I've just been through this exercise (new RC) in hindsight
I picked the 150 on the back of a new 585 (approx £1000 over 140)
still over revving with 23" prop and chine walking...which although all very exciting,in a jesus ceerist sort of way (and what I wanted) I think because of extra weight on transom slightly more bow high and slightly rougher power delivery
The 140 is probably a better matched combo,the extra go is not neccessary.
(RC did tell me this ) Deal with Dorian Martin.
the extra's do add up, £25,000 is still conservative.
If you can stretch there is a nice 6.5 (this years) with 175 for sale on this forum?