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Old 19 March 2004, 19:34   #1
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thinking of buying prosport 8.5m

Fitted with a 225 optimax

What would be a fair price for this with trailer?

Anything in particular to look for?

I want a boat that wont lose money and I can sell again quickly if I am ever stuck - what is resale like on a prosport?

Finally what sort of performance can I expect from such a best????

Please help - it's my first RIB - don't want to make any silly mistakes!

Want to use if for general cruising but knowing me I will probably venture out into the rough stuff from time to time.
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Old 19 March 2004, 20:15   #2
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what do you want blood from a stone.

Give Jason Norman a call or send him a pm/email. Go to the Prosport test place and try one.

Only way you will find out is if you give it a go but from visiting the workshop I reckon they are wel worth the money for the build and they seem to go really well.

Very good start intot ht world of RIBs I reckon. all IMHO of course.
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Old 19 March 2004, 22:01   #3
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forgot to mention - either I buy a NEW 7.5mt or a used 8.5 for the same money - decisions decisions!!!
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Old 20 March 2004, 06:01   #4
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If you buy a new boat you will lose money on it when you sell it. If you buy a second hand boat you will probably lose money on it, but possibly not as much.

From watching the "for sale" section here, it's clear that well known brands tend to sell quickest (Scorpion, Ribcraft, Ribtec, Tornado, Humber, Avon, Zodiac). Prosport are relatively new to the game and as such haven't built up much brand history -- early reports sound good though!

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Old 20 March 2004, 07:47   #5
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You do not need to be a rocket scientist to realise that when you buy a new boat (whatever the make) the depreciation is quite large up to 35% (and more in some cases - i.e. companies that have gone bust, boats that have bad reports etc) for the 1st year. If you intend to keep the boat for a long time (say over 8 years) it worth’s your while to buy a new everything RIB.

If you buy second hand and you keep your boat for a long time I don't think that you will lose in the long run. Say if you buy a 2nd hand , 1/2 year old, 8 mtr Scorpion, with low hours for about £35,000 (they sell for about Euro 40,000 in Europe 2nd hand) with a 250 bhp engine on it, trailer etc and you sell it after say 4 years, the boat has fully depreciated (banks say that a RIB is fully depreciated in 5-6 years time) and you sell it for say £15,000-£18,000 then you made a profit on it.

Is a difficult choice. But in my view buy a big RIB rather than a small one (even if it is 2nd hand)

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Old 20 March 2004, 07:55   #6
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you don't always lose money if you buy right! I missed a picton cobra 7.5m that was on sale for 14k - the guy was on west coast of scotland and thought nobody would travel.... the boat was easily worth 20k - my money was 1 week late coming through - typical.

The 8.5m prosport is up for 21k - is this a real bargain or just about right?

I am desperate to get soaking wet!!!
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Old 20 March 2004, 10:08   #7
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how old

just exactaly how old was the picton in scotland ???? not refurbished but first built
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Old 20 March 2004, 11:08   #8
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I think it was a 1997 or 1998 but had been to the factory for new seats etc last year
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Old 20 March 2004, 13:48   #9
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worth 20 k

SORRY MATE if you think a 97 boat ( thats 8 years old ) with a old 2 stroke on is worth 20 k , i need to sell you some double glasing and a block paved drive , please do a little bit more reserch first otherwise you will be seen as green and robed in daylight without a mask if it sounds to good it is ,
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a less than 2 year old, modern engine for £23850 www.ribsforsale.com
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