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Old 04 September 2009, 08:05   #1
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ribcraft 5.3 price/sale

I am looking for a smaller rib (needs to go onto a trailer with total max weight of 1400kg, incl fuel etc)

it should be able to carry 4 people in comfort without hurting me to much financially.

I stumbled upon the ribcraft 5.3, and there are a number of those on sale

http://ribcraft.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/db/all

now, strange enough I thought those boats are wanted?? But I noticed that 2 of those are on sale since months.

Specifically this one : http://ribcraft.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/RFT154
I think I could put some more seats in it and be ok.

What is wrong here? Am I missing something? They look oke?
Is the price to high? wrong engine?

I would welcome your opinions - and if you have suggestions... I'm open to these.
Note that I am living in Belgium, so I can't just come and look at something.

Patrick
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Old 04 September 2009, 08:12   #2
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prices seem ok to me, nothing out of the ordinary, though i am not a dealer.

many people are trading up to 6m plus so these 5.5m and less boats second hand are becoming common. imho

It is also the end of the season, time for a barter and get it even cheaper. Even more so if they have already bought the bigger boat!!
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Old 04 September 2009, 08:27   #3
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I would want to pay 3K less for this one as the engine isn't exactly new. Nothing wrong with it apart from the price.
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Old 04 September 2009, 08:53   #4
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would these mariner engines be injection engines? I'm not familiar with that brand (more a yamaha fan)

We had one on a rental boat this year in Italy, I found it rather noisy but that could be subjective or perhaps an even older type.

on a side note, I am as well looking at this one : http://www.2dehands.be/osprey-eagle-...osprey%20eagle
but I am not sure I want to pay 27000 euro for a boat with only 3 seats. Perhaps I will go and look at it in person this weekend.

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Old 04 September 2009, 11:05   #5
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For a comparaison my friend is selling a almost brand new 6m XS rib with a 150 e-tec engine, all new from May 2009 for 26,500 in France with a really good Snipe trailer that has been registered for use in Europe.
Here : http://www.leboncoin.fr/vi/63824966.htm?ca=6_s
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yes, I had seen that one on pneuboat. I am hesitant of the XS-rib because of the materials used in the tubes. I know someone who had such a boat and he was really happy with it (great handling) ... but I cannot fix the tubes if something happens.

I think it is PE or something similar, nothing I could glue myself.

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From what I understand it is better than Hypalon although possibly difficult to repair. Fantastic boat though and its already registered in Belgium
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I think it is PE or something similar, nothing I could glue myself.
its polyurethane - whilst not as easy to work with as hypalon I am sure there are kits available - as thats what Valiant use in most (all?) of their boats.

EDIT Just checked Inflatable Boat Supplies do a PU repair kit. p 2 of their catalogue http://www.ibs-boats.co.uk/download/...talogue-08.pdf
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...but I am not sure I want to pay 27000 euro for a boat with only 3 seats.

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I paid more for a boat with only 2 seats!
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I am pretty sure I saw Humber doing brand new 5.5m with 80 or 90hp engine (cant remember which) for under 20k
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