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Old 20 August 2013, 13:48   #11
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understand that buying a good "brand" of RIB and engine might be a safe bet..... Ribeye, Avon, Valiant seem to be my preferred boats.... Companies like Wolfrock, GHB Marnine, JBT
The most respected brands on here are generally sold direct from the builder to the buyer rather than through a middleman. That means you get to spec what you want rather than what the salesman's catalogue had to offer. People also seem to appreciate the benefit of that relationship. It may apply less when buying second hand - but nobody ever felt they were buying into a 'special club' that would make others envious from those three brands. That is not to say that they are bad boats or the dealers you mention won't look after you.

There is a big difference in cost and running cost between a 4.7m / 60HP boat you mention at the start of the thread and a 6m, presumably 150HP+ boat you mention later. And for the same budget one will be much newer / better condition than the other.
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Old 20 August 2013, 16:10   #12
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4.7-5.2 meters long with say a 4 stroke 60-90HP engine.... Budget max 12K
12.7k would buy a brand new 4.6 highfield with a 40HP Honda from SeaSwift (list price).

40HP may sound low but its an ally hull so lighter. So maybe more like having a 50...

Includes a trailer. Do you need a trailer if you dry stack? Has A frame with Nav Lights...

Slightly bigger version did the Round Ireland... so pretty decent boat?
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Old 20 August 2013, 17:44   #13
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Hi.. its indeed a good point and was planning to go and see sea swift to discuss.. also the xpro seems good value for money?
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Old 21 August 2013, 03:38   #14
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Get yourself a go in a few different hulls before you buy, you'll be amazed how much seemingly small difference make to the ride and get it wrong and you'll regret it, good value is not always the best option, after a few months you'll be so much more knowledgeable and getting it wrong could be costly. There is a boat parked near me and I remember him coming back say he wished he's sea trialed his in poorer conditions before he got it.

Here a search for Ribtecs on ebay, if any are local it's alway worth going to have a look (I'm a little bias towards them as that's what I have), also saw this one....


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Old 21 August 2013, 04:18   #15
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It's personal preference at the end of the day but I just couldn't bring myself to buy a brand new boat. Same with a car. For 12.5k you are getting a brand new 4.7m rib with a 40hp engine. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's a fantastic boat (and it might suit your needs perfectly) in which case ignore me.

For me I like buying a quality, looked after second hand boat and getting much more boat for my money.

In fact there was a really nice 6.5(ish) metre Osprey that just went over here for 10k, 150hp engine with low hours, all brand new electronics, lovely condition. I would have had it if I had the money. If I had paid more for a brand new "cheaper" RIB I would be disappointed sat next to that at the boat park.

Like I said though it's personal choice, there is obviously no warranty second hand and you don't always know exactly what you're getting.

I'm probably not helping in the slightest!
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Thanks Thomas. . Showed my Gf your rib for sale and she loved it... did discuss pros/cons though and for now are looking for 5.2 mtrs... is there a general view on best ribs on this size? Baring in mind that I will likely use it around the IOW only with max force 4-5 (for now)... so which ones will give you tge most comfortable and steady ride.. txs for your views.. learned more in this forum then I did before. ..
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Hey. You are helping but slightly restricted on size so 5.2 mtrs max... 2nd hand is indeed a good option. ...
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Hey. You are helping but slightly restricted on size so 5.2 mtrs max... 2nd hand is indeed a good option. ...
In which case after perusing eBay I would probably ignore me completely and buy a brand new shiny one
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I suspect I will buy 2nd hand but I which is the best 5.2r is the question now :-)
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No one will deny these are worth a look at, they are not 'pretty' boats but are sea worthy and for the price you're looking at you wont get both.


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Not every one does an exact 5.2 so look at anything from 5 - 5.5m, if you buy one of the more established brands and you get it wrong then you'll find it much easier to change later on.
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