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Old 03 October 2014, 04:10   #1
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What do you think of this RIB?

I'm looking to replace my existing 5m Wildcat RIB with something larger and with more comfortable seating!

What do you think of this RIB?

cobra 7.5 rib mercury optimax 2001 power boat px motorhome rv | eBay

I like the look / layout of Cobra RIBs, but not sure what the quality or handling is like. Any suggestions?
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Old 03 October 2014, 05:23   #2
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Hard to really say without seeing it,and assuming it's GENUINE!!..but certainly seen a lot less advertised for a lot more!
A call and a visit,and hopefully a trial should sort it
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Genuine? Are there counterfeit RIBs?

It ended at 10 but didn't meet its reserve price, so not sold. I didn't buy it.
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Genuine? Are there counterfeit RIBs?

It ended at 10 but didn't meet its reserve price, so not sold. I didn't buy it.
It's not the RIB that's not genuine - it's the "seller". It's not the first time a scam has been used to advertise a boat that, for some reason, the seller ensures you can't see before handing over cash.

If you're able to see it, meet the seller, see paperwork and "get a good feel" there's a chance the sale is genuine. FWIW, I'd get a good feel about that boat, as the 10k (reserve not met) seems a genuine(ish) price for the boat in question so is probably a genuine sale, but I'd still ask to see it and meet the seller first.

And the only boat I'd sell my beloved Ribeye for is a Cobra, so don't worry about the quality providing it's been looked after (or I could be tempted with a cabin rib!)!

Good luck in finding a boat, but please use the forum if you're not sure about any potential purchase that seems too good to be true.
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Thanks. Looking through the for sale form, I see it has been advertised on here for 16.5 before, a while ago though.

Is 600 hours high for a marine engine?

My current RIB has 45 hours on it since new, in 2002.

I'm finding it very difficult to gauge what a RIB is actually worth vs what people are asking for, as the prices do seem to vary a lot.
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I have a 2003 Yamaha with just over 200hrs on it, but it hadn't been used much by the previous owners - but I'd say 600 hours is fine - especially if the engine has been looked after.

The best way to guage prices of RIBs is to compare similar boats on "ribsforsale", "boatsandoutboards", "apolloduck", etc to get a feel for it. The forum will also help as there is a vast amount of experience on here.

IMO each boat is going to be different as there are some really nice older boats that have been looked after, some poor new boats that aren't given as much tlc, and everything in between. Throw into the mix the wide range of electronics, extra features and you have a range of prices.

I think it's always going to be a case of what you're prepared to pay, and what you can get for that price.
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Hopefully this will give you a guide to the prices of Cobra Ribs - but these are used boats from the manufacturer so will be priced slightly higher than generally available.
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The best way to guage prices of RIBs is to compare similar boats on "ribsforsale", "boatsandoutboards", "apolloduck", etc to get a feel for it..
Do be aware though, that the second two are plagued with the aforementioned scam adverts. So that 2010 Ribeye 650 with 200 hours on it for 6k may not be entirely indicative of the market price.
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Cheers guys.

Are there any other brands / models that you would recommend looking at?

I want a leisure RIB, with comfortable seating (ideally not jockey seats), needs to do 30 knot+ and cost around 15k.
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