Welcome Doralmark to RIBnet
- you will find an incredible amount of info here on every possible aspect of RIBs and Ribbing and some very helpful and friendly people
As for the Searider - I asked the same question in September of last year and it was well recommended and I'm now the proud owner of our own 5.4m Searider rib and loving every minute of it.
The special hull means that when stationary the RIB is much more stable than some, it's ageless pedigree means they are hard to find in good nick but hold their residual value well once you do get a good one and the RIB is safe, exciting and a huge amount of fun.
We've had some interesting "novice" times in ours (read cockups!!) and the RIB has never once felt unsafe or that we were in peril due to our lack of experience - I couldn't have asked for more from my first RIB
In a nut I'd say find a goodie and learn with it - you can always get a faster, lighter and more expensive one as and when you are ready safe in the knowledge you'd have lost no pennies with the right Searider buy.
Look for a good quality engine - Yamaha are rated highly on here, 90hp seems to be preferred but we are more than delighted with our 75hp, good quality transom, sound deck and hull and tubes with minimal repair.
Keep looking - we looked at lots before finding our little cracker - they are worth the wait - expect to pay around £4 - £6k for a very good one - to as little as £800 for one that needs loads of work
I'm sure others will be along soon to add, dispute or suggest other things to look for - good luck in finding what you want