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Old 14 March 2013, 10:30   #31
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Can't go wrong with an Osprey Sparrowhawk in the size range you're talking about. Narrow boat, but the hard nose and the hull design result in a fantastically sea worthy boat
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Old 14 March 2013, 14:55   #32
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Thanks for all the above, lots of good info. Once I get moved in and have sussed mooring availability etc I'll let you know how I get on with my search, no doubt coming back with a few questions! - But I agree trying before buying sounds sensible.
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Old 14 March 2013, 15:53   #33
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I can recommend PA Lynch up at Amble (straight up A1 from you) and they have trial days at Sunderland. They are Zodiac dealers and a 550 sounds about right for what you want with a 90 4stroke on. They usually have one in their shop to climb on board and they have done good deals with me in the past. I have a 4.7 with a 60 hp on and do all you are wanting in it (went to Ireland last year) but too small for the times you want to take 6 folk. A friend has a 5m Humber with a 60 on and it too is a fine boat. Suggest you go and see and sea if you can, if you see what I mean.
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Old 14 March 2013, 17:42   #34
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One thing with the hard nosed Ospreys - are they much harder/expensive to retube than a normal RIB?
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Old 23 November 2013, 12:52   #35
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I've finally applied for a mooring which I'm waiting to hear about so thought I should resume my research. Over the summer I've re-assessed my needs size wise as I only really need to carry 2, occasionally 3 people. As such I was thinking about something smaller like the Avon SR4 as it seems quite a seaworthy boat to start with, I can always work my way up as and when over time.

Are there any good buying guides/ pros and cons thread of these little boats? - I've tried the search function but couldn't quite find what I was looking for.

Also are there any other good small RIBs in this size/price bracket?
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Old 23 November 2013, 12:59   #36
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I've finally applied for a mooring which I'm waiting to hear about so thought I should resume my research. Over the summer I've re-assessed my needs size wise as I only really need to carry 2, occasionally 3 people. As such I was thinking about something smaller like the Avon SR4 as it seems quite a seaworthy boat to start with, I can always work my way up as and when over time.

Are there any good buying guides/ pros and cons thread of these little boats? - I've tried the search function but couldn't quite find what I was looking for.

Also are there any other good small RIBs in this size/price bracket?
there's a few on eBay at the moment

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Old 23 November 2013, 13:03   #37
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Check the transom and deck for sponginess. Make sure the transom has not been cut down for a shorter shaft motor, it should go straight across not dip down in the middle. Make sure the tubes look reasonably good. Engine should pump water well and have similar compression on all cylinders. You want a 40 or 50 HP 2 stroke. If your gut feeling is something is not quite right run away quickly. You should get a fabulous condition sr4 for about 3.5k, fantastic value ribs.

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Old 23 November 2013, 13:23   #38
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sorry, meant to attach this one as well, looks ok and no engine, so you could source one yourself.......

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Old 23 November 2013, 13:27   #39
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+1 for an Alu hull. Highfield's Ocean Master 500 and 540 are a good option.

Check out the OM 500 (aka Pink Panther and Black Panther) in the Round Ireland threads, and on Youtube.

I am taking delivery of one in the Spring, fitted with a Honda 80.
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Old 23 November 2013, 16:11   #40
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Thanks for the above Exe treme, but I'll be going at the 2nd hand/value end of the market to begin with so think ali hulls won't be in range.
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