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Old 08 November 2018, 08:00   #1
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Valuation help

I've recently replaced by boat so have a hull I would like to sell but have no idea of what to ask so would be grateful of any suggestions.

The boat is my Zodiac 530 Pro. 5.3m length, 2.3m beam (1.3 internal so nice and wide for the length). It was made in 1986 but has only had limited use and is a very solid little boat. The deck and transom are solid and the whole thing was renovated in 2015 (see here). The tubes are much younger and in very good condition. There are 2 patches, one of which was professionally installed and is hidden between the hull and tube but the tube fixing rail. I had the boat 2 years before I found it, so is not visible unless the tubes are deflated. There is another patch that looks like a bike tire repair patch near the bow. I'm told it covers a small snag which didn't go through the material and was "plastered" as a precaution. The tubes are removable.

I have pillaged it of all electronics, engine and trailer so its current spec is as follows:-
  • Hull in good condition and very clean/polished. Has under deck trunking fitted.
  • Tubes in good condition and stay up.
  • One Man Console fitted new in 2015
  • Built in 70l tank with sender, breather/filler and hose
  • raised battery compartment with storage
  • storage in bottom of console
  • stainless bottle rack with removable seat pad (big enough for 2)
  • bow storage box (large capacity!) with seat cushion
  • steel double A frame with box holders. The frame is chrome plated and showing signs of rust, but still reasonably solid.

Just to reiterate, it has no trailer, engine or electronics.

I had a 115 Merc 4st on the back and acceleration was fantastic but top speed was about 37.5kts. It's a very dry ride and stays flat through bends and is very stable at rest so made a good dive platform for up to 4 divers. When I got it, It had a 75 2st on it and performance was reasonably good. It'd suit a 90 very well but is plated to 120hp.

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Any guidance greatly appreciated.

Phil M
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Old 08 November 2018, 16:24   #2
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Just re-read the work you did on this boat. Nice job.

You've got to be realistic on the price, basically because it's a 30 year old boat. I know it's been looked after, but because it's a hull with no engine (that's usually where the money is) and no trailer then this will restrict it to quite a niche audience who have the ability to rig it.

If it had a trailer I'd say maximum £2k.

This gives you an idea of the market for older RIBs.
https://www.findafishingboat.com/photo-viewer/99163/1
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Old 09 November 2018, 07:16   #3
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Thanks Spartacus. I wasn't expecting a high valuation but really had no idea where to start even. I might keep my eye out for a suitable trailer to make it more saleable. Trouble is reasonably priced ones come with knackered boat on them.

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Old 09 November 2018, 07:25   #4
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Stateside, that'd sell for about $2500 USD the way it is.
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Old 09 November 2018, 15:30   #5
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Thanks Spartacus. I wasn't expecting a high valuation but really had no idea where to start even. I might keep my eye out for a suitable trailer to make it more saleable. Trouble is reasonably priced ones come with knackered boat on them.

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It's difficult to say. This would be a private sale price, and let's face it what can you buy for £2k RIB wise? You could source a mint 2-stroke Yamaha 90hp for about £1,800, then factor in rigging, battery and basic electronics and be on the water for £4,500.
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Stateside, that'd sell for about $2500 USD the way it is.
So not a million miles off office888.

That said, your price is based on decent weather is on your side, inflatables are still in the minority state-side and the dollar is strong. Reckon if there was a £300-£400 trailer ($500) added that would help the sale. Could be wrong, just thinking of logistics and folk that at want to get on the water being put off because they then need to source a trailer.
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Old 14 November 2018, 02:31   #7
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I would think £1500 is all you would get given that it has been robbed of so much
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Thanks for the input guys. I knew it wouldn't be worth thousands but good to know a starting point.

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