Originally Posted by thorper
you can get a 6m with a 150hp for 18.8k (list price),
The "(list price)" is the important bit here. Try knocking 1.5k off that, if you negotiate a good deal. This includes sea-star hydraulic, A-frame, Full Boat Cover, Trailer, straps, Icom VHF, Compass, the list goes on, pretty much everything you'll need including 24 gallons of Opti Oil!!
. Now I'll tell you straight away, this is
a biased opinion as you've probably guessed, i've got one.
Completely unbiased though
, I would reccommend looking at the 150 Opti also. You'll get more thrills from it, it comes with 3yr warranty, Stainless prop and twin smartcraft gauges all as standard. Some good deals to be had on this engine and they are surprisingly fuel efficient.
As regards RIBs I reccommend you should get quotes frome the following and compare:
Solent Ribs www.solentribs.com
(good boats, fast hull)
Ribcraft possibly, if a bit pricey brand new.
Osprey (have a look at Top Banana!! here: "top banana" Osprey Viper 6m - Optimax 150 - £16,000 ono
Prosport (You'll be waiting!!)
You could also look at Excalibur Ribs from Cork, Ireland although I don't know how pricey they are but they certainly are quality boats. www.excaliburribs.com
or contact Joe (posts as tsunami on here).
I know its a bit tedious but at least you'll know you've made the right choice at the end. Consider after sales support from where you buy also.