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Old 03 July 2011, 15:22   #1
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Valiant Rib worth doing up or bin

Been offered a 5.4m Valiant Rib approx 1998 with a Yamaha 50 1995. RIB has sat in a field for last 4 years.

Pumped up the tanks and 3 of them hold air and the 4th one has a 1inch slash in the tank.

The control box has wires hanging out of it where the ignition key should be, control cables and steering slighty stiff but they all move. The engine looks to be complete although not in best nick and not been serviced regulary.

Trailer is non existing and pretty much scrap. Been offered the boat and engine for round about the 400 mark wondering if its worth having a go or give it a miss?



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got to be worth a go,i had a similar rib in the same condition(valiant d300)spent a few pounds and i have a useble craft
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Old 03 July 2011, 15:31   #3
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got to be worth a go,i had a similar rib in the same condition(valiant d300)spent a few pounds and i have a useble craft
yah but 400
best fire up that motor before you hand over any money
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Have a punt.

My Humber had been out in the open for about 3 years before I found it (on a friend's farm) and the engine had been on it during that time as well. It was virtually green!

A good clean up, quick engine service and new impeller, it started second turn (60hp Johnson). Trailer was fit for one trip home only then replaced.

One small patch needed, and it's now been my workhorse for a number of years. Cost me a grand to buy then spent about another 300 plus the trailer.

Don't try and fire up the engine without checking it over first though.
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I wouldnt .. not where the sea is up your way fella.. depends on your attitude though .. some folks are gung ho enough and best of luck to them with much respect, but I'd sooner stick my mulah in something fresher than that, that I know I could depend on with a capitol D
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yah but 400
best fire up that motor before you hand over any money
he said around 400,ive seen consoles go for 100 and control boxes too,the tube can be repaired if its only a small rip in a easy to get to place.a knackered engine sold as bits and he wouls soon recoup his money
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I wouldnt .. not where the sea is up your way fella.. depends on your attitude though .. some folks are gung ho enough and best of luck to them with much respect, but I'd sooner stick my mulah in something fresher than that, that I know I could depend on with a capitol D
Yeah I know what you mean. Would not be venturing far just a play thing. Although I have just been told that the engine may be seized. Had a look at the engine earier today and flywheel did move slighty, could really do with getting it set up outside and have a good look over.
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he said around 400,ive seen consoles go for 100 and control boxes too,the tube can be repaired if its only a small rip in a easy to get to place.a knackered engine sold as bits and he wouls soon recoup his money
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This is all very true,
But the OP did ask if it was worth doing up or bining!
Not can i buy this and get my money back!
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if you've got the money give it a go, if you bugger it up you've had 400 of experience
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That looks like a whole heap of hassle for very little return IMHO - maybe 200 to take if off his hands but not 400...
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