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Old 22 October 2011, 11:00   #1
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Why is this not selling ?

Still looking for my first boat and, if you'll oblige, have another couple of questions to ask,

This Avon has been on ebay 3 or 4 times now and doesn't seem to get much over £1000 which is less than reserve. It seems fairly good value to me, is there any reason why it's not ?

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On another tack, I've been offered a Bontitco With 400 FC with a Suzuki 55 outboard with gearbox issues by a friend's brother. I know that this is really the wrong forum, but wondered if anyone has and experience of these and how useful they are during a typical british winter. This is not really what I'm looking for, but the price could be very attractive and might serve as a good starter with the chance of making a bit of profit.

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Old 22 October 2011, 11:12   #2
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The Auction:

The reserve is over £1000. Do we know how much over? What did it reach in previous auctions? They may have a silly figure on it...

The Boat:

It's fairly manky. The engine is it's worst point as it is 40hp (ok but 50 is better), pull start (so a PITA and no electrics OB for equipment), no Power Trim and Tilt, another PITA). I see two patches in the tubes. The boat looks to have been left in the water with no antifoul, I think the hull and tubes look overgrown? The trailer sounds like a dog.

All in all a fairly unattractive package (at an unknown figure over £1k). There are better boats around
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Old 22 October 2011, 15:45   #3
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I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole. A better plan might be to save up a little more cash and see what you can get for around the £3k mark, you will be pretty surprised at the difference between a £1k RIB and something that is up for closer to £3/4k.
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I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole.
That's what I meant
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Old 22 October 2011, 17:05   #5
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Forward the link to Bedajim on a Fri eve after the electric Sprite has kicked in. He'd give £1500 for that and tell the guy to keep the OB and trailer.
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Old 22 October 2011, 17:07   #6
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I just sold mine for £1500 and was in better nick than that, you want a 50 on a SR4!

The reason that one won't sell is because its simply not worth the money!
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Forward the link to Bedajim on a Fri eve after the electric Sprite has kicked in. He'd give £1500 for that and tell the guy to keep the OB and trailer.
I've got it on my watch list hic
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Old 22 October 2011, 17:44   #8
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On another tack, I've been offered a Bontitco With 400 FC with a Suzuki 55 outboard with gearbox issues by a friend's brother. I know that this is really the wrong forum, but wondered if anyone has and experience of these and how useful they are during a typical british winter. This is not really what I'm looking for, but the price could be very attractive and might serve as a good starter with the chance of making a bit of profit.


The 400c is a cracking little boat. 55 suzuki is a lot bigger than the makers recommend,
The little cuddy offers good protection to most elements,
I have had mine for 2 years and it attracts attention every where it's seen. Could have sold it and doubled my money several times.
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Whats wrong with a 40 on a SR4

I have a 40 Yam on my training SR4 and its a veritible flying machine and you need a lot of bottle to WOT it one up.
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>>On another tack, I've been offered a Bontitco With 400 FC with a Suzuki 55 outboard with gearbox issues by a friend's brother. I know that this is really the wrong forum, but wondered if anyone has and experience of these and how useful they are during a typical british winter. <<

Not quite the 400 but i've had an ex Welsh Water 480 for 11/12 years. Think they're originally of Norwegian design/origin which speaks volumes for seaworthiness -and being fully foamed are unsinkable. Can roll a bit in a swell but never given me a moments worry. The 55 is too big, think 35-40 is max.
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