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Old 10 May 2013, 17:58   #31
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2005 VALIANT DR490 RIB WITH YAMAHA 90HP AUTOLUBE OUTBOARD BOAT MOTOR ENGINE L@@K | eBay

what are peoples views on this? is there any brands i should stick to or avoid>

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This comment has to be the biggest load of horse poo
"THESE ARE RATED BY THE RNLI AS THE BEST 5M RIB, GREAT FOR DIVING, SAFETY OR PLEASURE USE!!"

Nice engine though, keep looking, it is very easy to buy a rib and can be very hard to sell one!
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This comment has to be the biggest load of horse poo
"THESE ARE RATED BY THE RNLI AS THE BEST 5M RIB, GREAT FOR DIVING, SAFETY OR PLEASURE USE!!"
Yeah, that's another one to avoid actually. Anything that says 'ex RNLI ' in the description, unless they're talking about the motor.

It usually means the owner is a bit of a knob who doesn't have a clue and is lying to sell it. That is, unless it's an Atlantic, or a Y or D-class.
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Ha yep , as "as used by Jesus" is never the best sales tag.

What about Valiant and Avon boats in general.
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Valiant tend to use PVC or PU for tube fabric, my view on both of these materials is to stay away if they're getting on in years as they deteriorate and become difficult to repair especially the PU. Avon models of that size are all hypalon so no problems there, the hulls are usually robust if you're talking about the Searider, the Adventure is another story.
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Old 10 May 2013, 19:59   #35
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And to confuse matters there's an Adventure 5.6m that's tagged as a Searider as well. IIRC it says 560 Adventure Searider on the ID plate, so it's fairly easy to ID.

Prosport are another to avoid -search the site for why. You may think it's a cheap way of getting a big boat if you see one.

Oh, and Ferryman. (see the MAIB report on Big Yellow)


Most of the smaller older boats on here are Humbers,Seariders,retubed Tornados or early Ospreys. That's not to say that all other older boats are bad, just that there were a lot built and they lasted well, while there weren't that many manufacturers about then.
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There's a nice looking 5.4 Searider for sale on Gumtree. Search 'Sea Rider" with the space and it will come up.

Commercial tubes, nice white flooding hull, 70hp Merc 2stroke with a stainless prop.

I was interested myself and have spoken to the bloke, looks like a very good boat for the money, shame it's in the back of beyond!
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