Originally Posted by wolfie
well i am further "south" than you, and have a trailer to collect, not a problem collecting and bringing back down over the border. in my opinion very much worthwhile project for over the winter months.
Well that will probably add £200 at least to the cost of the project just in fuel for the trip! Not to mention food, accommodation etc...
...of course the opposite is true for the OP - if he is looking for a project and there are very few locally then the alternative will involve more expense collecting one elsewhere.
Originally Posted by renegade
to true crazy how a bit of green and dirt makes some say bin it .. with a repair a pot of two part glue and a good clean they will be saying hmmm bargain. be great fun to be had even if only a year or so use for around £500 is money well spent to me spend that on a good shoping trip or mobile phone
I may be reading too much into Paul's comment - but I think what he was saying was along the lines of:
Valiant rib = PVC or PU tubes
Approx 1998 rib (and lets face it approx probably means older!) so 23 years old.
Boat has been stored outside with deflated tubes.
Therefore the tubes are probably beyond the end of their expected life.
You might be able to repair them and get a year out of them. You might be able to get 4 or 5 years if you are lucky - but don't bank on it. Any "wise" future buyer is likely to be aware of this risk and so will be factoring that into the "resale value". A retube will cost thousands. Paint is really just cosmetic (and usually regarded as a short term solution).
As for the buy it or bin it question then its simply a matter of economics:
Purchase cost of boat - £ 400.
Cost of most basic tube repair - £ 20-50.
Cost of cleaning materials - £50-100.
Cost of reupholstering the seat - £50-100.
Cost of re-rigging the engine, steering, battery etc (assume all will be screwed) - £200
Cost of basic trailer £200-400 (could be more!)
Cost of a good service on engine assuming it is in reasonable shape but needs some TLC £200
Cost of fixing the ignition switch £20-50 (although you could bodge something cheaper)
So the total is more like:
£1140-1500 than £400 and that makes a couple of major assumptions: (1) there is nothing serious wrong with the engine and (2) the tubes only need a patch to keep them going for at least a couple of years. Bearing in mind that you will spend more than you think, that the OP is not in the best location in the country for picking up bargains and will probably pay "extra" charges for shipping most stuff...
Would you spend £1500 on this boat with a running engine, old tired tubes that hold air and a serviceable trailer? Maybe. Would you want the "risk" that either the engine or tubes are not ecconomic to fix? Why bother when you can probably get something more reassuring for the same money?
The flipside is you spend £400 and quickly learn that its all dead. The console is old and tired in an unusual and faded colour so given its geographic location isn't going to fetch top dollar. If the engine is seized you would be selling for bits. The tubes and hull would be a disposal liability/hassle. You might find someone gullable enough to take on the hull if you were in the south - but is there much of a market for dead rib hulls from the lower end of the market that far north? If it doesn't cost a penny to find out, you can probably get the £300 Nasher suggests back from stripping for parts (but nothing for your time and effort). In reality it will probably cost you a £100 just to find out if the tubes and engine can be brought back to life...