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Old 20 February 2004, 10:00   #1
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which one how much

i am going to get one at last but which rib can any one help
buget 2k to 3.5k max i would use the rib at herne bay during the
summer i part own a seadoo xp ltd but can not use this all the
time and i have two kids that want to come out ive been looking
at the following

avon 310 15 hp rover rib 2000
valiant dr 400m 25hp 3999.00
humber 3.6m 40hp 3500.00

the new boats are good price but add a motor and jockey seat
trailer and the its over my price
can any one help
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Old 20 February 2004, 10:13   #2
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Simple.......

www.boatsandoutboards.com

If you can't find a bargin on here you never will.

I'd advise to go for something with a bit of speed (min 40hp) otherwise you'll end up pottering around whilst all and sundry pass you by - there's no fun in that - just ask Phil Davies ! Only kidding P.D.

See ref 28177 on the above which looks great for the $$ Good Luck.
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Old 20 February 2004, 10:21   #3
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Given the two kids scenario, I think you'll soon be very disappointed in a 3.1m boat. Try looking at a second hand Avon Searider 4m like mine, which is a fantastic starter boat and considerably more seaworthy than the 3.1 Avon Rover RIB. A lot of the experienced guys on this forum started out with a 'baby' Searider and a lot of them will tell you they had more fun with it than the larger RIBS they've subsequently bought.

I've seen about 3 advertised in the last couple of months within your budget, but don't make my mistake - make sure you get one with a 40 or 50 on the tail, because likely as not you'll discover a liking for water skiing and if you end up with a 25 or 30 you'll be very frustrated.

If you need any technical advice appraising a second hand Searider I'm sure Rogue Wave or David Manning on this forum, amongst others, would be very willing to share their extensive experience with you.

ps. forgot to welcome you to the forum, and looking at your user name it would appear we have yet another Land Rover owner in our midst - yippee If you've got a spare afternoon may I point you in the direction of the mammoth thread on off-roading started by Jono Garton under the 'Other Stuff' forum.
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Old 20 February 2004, 10:44   #4
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sorry phil the disco as gone it went in jan 2004 it was like all landrovers it fell apart but you will still love them hope the rib i get is better.the disco TD5 as been replaced with a company l200 four life its got a nice tow bar
for my rib when i find one

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Old 20 February 2004, 11:32   #5
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Doh!! Thought I'd seen one recently. Check out the 'Ribs for Sale' section on this forum, Daniel - Matiboy's got a 4m Searider with a 50 for sale for 2,500.
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Old 20 February 2004, 12:06   #6
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In response to your request for a piccie of a 4m Searider, here's mine below. The forum 'Ribs for Sale' doesn't allow you to post a reply which is why I've posted it on this thread.
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Old 20 February 2004, 12:32   #7
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that looks very nice most of the seariders i have looked at have
the very ugly windsreen with back to back seating dont like them
your boat looks just what i need to play about on the sea with

ps like the range rover when i said all landrover fall apart the new
range rover was excluded from that coment
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Old 20 February 2004, 12:42   #8
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I occasionally launch at Herne Bay with fellow forum member Bilge Rat who's got a 4.7m Searider. Before you commit to purchasing one you're very welcome to have a go in mine, just in case it's not the RIB for you. Agree with you re. the 4m Searider with the windscreen, looks a bit strange and the bench seat isn't that practical in my opinion.

Not sure when Bilge and myself will be out again in Kent but if you'd like a trial sooner then you could drive up to Essex and we'll go out on the Blackwater or Crouch estuary for a spin. I'll leave it up to you.
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Old 20 February 2004, 13:55   #9
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thank you very much for that kind offer i would very much like to take you up on your offer before buying my own. a drive up to essex would be well worth it just to have a look round your rib a go would be even better i have been to chelmsford lots of times for work the two areas are not far from there i have all the gear needed to go out in the cold.
just let me know then i can make most weekends


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Old 20 February 2004, 14:04   #10
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OK, let's do it. My mobile no. is 07768 153 386 - let me know your's by text or using the private messaging system on here. I'm available on the week-end of 6/7 March - tides are around midday which will give us a good bit of time on the water. Next good tides would be week-end 20/21 March. All weather dependent of course, but let me know nearer the time if they suit you.
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