Originally Posted by brucehawsker
* 45mph down the river (according to engine elecronics). Don't mored boats come up quickly when you are going like the bat out of hell!
A copule of questions:
- for a new build, which colour scheme is most practical and gives the best second hand value?
- is a Solent going to be easily saleable in 2 years if we needed to sell? Or is for example a Ribcraft much the more saleable option?
Thanks to a member of this forum (who had better remain anonymous unless they want to reveal themselves) who held my hand all day and who answered my myriad of questions with wonderful patience.
Any reactions from anybody to the above would be much appreciated. Clearly I am far from decided......... but this is fun!
What river was this and out of interest what was the marked speed limit.
The Ribcraft you refer to are the called Raiders or something and are they made by Ribcraft or are they a subsidary of the company. I only ask as i think that will affect the resale value of the boat. Ribcraft's are fine boats by the way
Solent Robs are OK they are basically splashed Tohatsu's made nicely and put together with some care. The consoles and seats can look a bit Kludgey but they are solid.
Andre I believe imports Parker Ribs and they deserve a look as again they are very well made.
gemini boats are also very decent.
Colur schemes. My boats are black hull grey tubes / white hull and dark blue tubes/ Yellow hull and Yellow tubes/ and Orange and black. Theyare all tough to keep cleen but the most rewarding is the blue and white one.
Don't discount grey (battleship) tubes and yellow fibreglass.
re resale options I think the price of s/h ribs will rise providing petrol prices don't get prohibitive and we all have jobs. But I don't think Solent ribs will hold there price as well as the established manufacturers cos they not that well known yet. Out of interest how much is the Solent Rib option and what engine does it come with.
If I was you I'd buy a portable GPS (you can get an etrek for 99 Kwid and use that to gauge speed when trying out different boats. It will give you a constant baseline to compare performance with and it will be dead useful afterwards. the engine electronic speed guages are very unreiable and innacurate. Apart from when the one on my Scorpion said we were doing 80 MPH!