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Old 15 June 2009, 15:52   #1
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I am looking to buy a RIB & living in France I have a couple of problems:

1, the 2nd hand prices of RIB's are silly here, so would prefer to buy from the UK but that brings the 2nd problem.

2, Trailer registration, if the trailer & it's plated gross weight is more than 750 Kg it has to be registered in it's own right & there is almost no chance of getting a UK made trailer registered.

Which brings my question, what is the typical weight of a 4.7 -5.3 m RIB with a 75 - 110 hp engine ?
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Old 15 June 2009, 16:08   #2
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should be able to get something that size under 750kgs.
my avon searider SR5,4 with yamaha 90 is on a 750kg unbraked trailer.
it weighs in at around 700kgs fully rigged and tanked up with 88l of petrol.
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Old 16 June 2009, 04:30   #3
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Thanks, I always assumed they were heavier than that.

Next question: anyone know of any decent RIBs' for sale at about 8,000 ?
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Old 16 June 2009, 05:00   #4
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Nick,

Can't help with the boat under 8k, but my Seasafe (essentially a Humber O-pro's grandad) with a Yam55 weighed in at around 440KG fully tanked up. Granted the engine was a 2 cyl, and the O-pro is a lot beefed up to take a 4- stroke 90 now, so could probably ad a couple of hundered KG for that.

Strictly speaking I don't need brakes on mine at the moment, but I decided to go for a braked unit in case I bought a lighter car in the future. (Although the materials that make cars lighter seem to be being offset by all the gadgets that we all now seem to need, so I may find I've wasted my time!

Having said that I've once had to do an E-stop with it on the hitch (numptie did the usual "it's got a trailer so will be doing 20mph, so it must be safe to pull out"). I was bl**dy glad I had the braked trailer.....
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