I'm looking to buy a new 4.8m to 5.0 RIB in the next month. Anyone that's recently purchased a RIB will know it's not an easy decision, especially trying to balance budget over performance without putting their marriage on the line. Well two out of three isn't bad!
I've already sourced an engine, a mint 2006, 2-stroke, 3 cylinder, 60hp Tohatsu with electric trim and tilt. Weighs 115kg.
It will be used in the Moray Firth and west coast. Primarily for family boating, fishing, 2-3 adults and 2 kids maximum. Fuel wise, it will be a tad utilitarian, with 2 x 25 litre tanks, but needs must. It will also have a console, remote steering and a double jockey set up. It will have the bare minimum of toys, hand-held VHF, engine tacho, Garmin GPS. I can add this as funds allow. The manuafacturer will add a 3-way marine switch, 12v power supply to console, battery box and isolator.
What I've considered so far:
Ribquest 4.8m Commercial http://www.ribquest.com/boat_sales.html
Good: Serious deep V hull, impeccable finish, 5 air chambers, umbilical cable routing, 5 year warranty. Visited their factory last year - impressed with knowledge and friendly approach.
Bad: Bit pricey, possibly heavier - due to comprehensive build.
Trailer: Rapide RU43
Humber 5.0m Assault http://www.ribworld.co.uk/ribs-detail.asp?testid=319
Good: Deep V hull, 5 air chambers, competitively priced, robust build quality, good looking boat.
Bad: 1 year warranty.
Trailer: Bramber RG2/590
Ribcraft 4.8 Professional http://www.ribcraft.co.uk/index.php/...t-4-8-pro-boat
Good: Loyal following of current owners, 5 year warranty, deep v hull, 5 chambers, heavy duty hypalon, pressure release valves, etc.
Bad: No console screen.
Trailer: Rapide R40 roller-coaster
I did look at Avon, however a new commercial 4.7m starts at £7,300 + VAT.
Anything else I should consider?