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Old 13 April 2002, 15:03   #1
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Starter RIB's

Thinking about buying a rib and have a budget of around 9000.
Any suggestions as to whats good and whats not.
Are Avon Seariders (5.4) any good?
Any advice much appreciated.
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Old 14 April 2002, 05:15   #2
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Avon Seariders

I am a bit biased having an Avon Searider, but my hull and tubes are over 12 years old (tubes will need doing in the next year) ex. Naval and still in good sea keeping condition (no transom stress) although it's not shiny. I believe the design of the hull is still unbeatable as she does deal with heavy weather extremely well and still performs well for the family day out, along with a bit of skiing.

And we / I did go round Britain in one last year. (Tiger Shark).

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Old 14 April 2002, 05:39   #3
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if your looking new have a look at

http://www.ribcraft.co.uk Ribcraft the 4.8 is good (but i am biased)

http://www.r-i-b.co.uk/ the Humber Assalt range is around 9000 for a package

http://www.ribs.co.uk/page/shop1 for Bombard & Zodiac & Yam

All these do rib packages round 9000. I would always go for a package with a 4 stroke. The small 2 strokes are still quite fule hungary.

Or go for somthing bigger and used, there is a lot out there


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Old 14 April 2002, 05:55   #4
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Seariders and all things wonderful!

Have been very impressed with the Humbar Assalt 4.8 I think, but keep it real and old go for the searider!

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I have used a selection of seariders for rescue type work over the last few years and strongly agree with the comments here about sea-keeping and given the kind of abuse they tend to get have always ben impressed with the durability.

I would think long and hard over the engine though - the boats i am talking about are a bit underpowered with a 50 hung on the bank - would rather see two of those personaly , but then some people think about running costs before buying the outfit!

I seam to recall the upper limit is 130 odd HP, but better check that!
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