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Old 06 April 2004, 08:00   #1
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wildcat ribs

are wild cat ribs any good this one iam looking at is 2003 4.5m with mariner 30 hp 300 hour
refurb uint ex rnli 4k should i go and look or keep away
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Old 06 April 2004, 08:58   #2
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The thing about RNLI......

engines is that you don't really know their history. However, I'm reliably informed that the RNLI spend money like it's going out of fashion, specifiing their gear above and beyond normal off the shelf kit. E.g, if the manufacturer offers a choice of two starter motors, harder wearing impellors, better quality cabling etc, the RNLI always opt for the better / more costly version. Furthermore, their engines are serviced bang on the manufacturers guidelines, again with no expence spared.

I suppose all you can do is take a look. Finally, bid the guy in the pants i.e 3250 and take it from there.
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Old 06 April 2004, 09:23   #3
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what are wild cat like

the engine may be old but could be in good nick are wild cat ribs ok or are they like nalwal or mako that would be best be avoided spoke to the guy its been on the market a few weeks with two buyers not turning up as you say its a cheap boat for 3.5k for a 4.5m what the build quality like with wild cats
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Old 06 April 2004, 09:46   #4
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are wild cat ribs ok or are they like nalwal or mako that would be best be avoided
Daniel, not sure if you have more info but I have not heard anything bad about the older Narwhals - I have a 1994 5.2m and a local Power boat school has a 1990 (I think). For the money you are looking at the you are not likely to get to the newer (after the company split from Valliant) Narwhal's which I've heard have poor build quality (at least one member of the forum sadly found this out).
I know there are at least 2 other "older" Narwhal owners on here so they may also have some input.

I paid just over 5000 for my 5.2 with a 55 hp Suzuki and haven't regreted it once. Personally I like the look of the boat which is a bit less utilitarian than some of its competitors. I doubt it has quite the same sea-keeping qualities as some of its competitors but for what I have used it in it has been fine.

May be one to think about ????

If you want any more details give me a shout.

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Old 06 April 2004, 10:05   #5
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wildcat

as i don,t know that much and this will be my first rib the members i have spoke to just said to avoid nawhals don,t know why i like
vailant they look very nice
selva ribs look good allso
my end of year bonus was late which as put me nearer to the summer than
i wanted to be looking for a rib and now can,t find much as i would like
about three years old

a man that does not listen to what older more wiser men have to say is a fool
and a fool and his money are soon parted

your boat looks very nice much like the vailant dr range
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Old 06 April 2004, 10:25   #6
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Daniel,

I gotta agree with Mike B - the older Narwhals are fine - my 4 mtr is a 1992, and I can assure you it's solid, and has been dry stored most of its life. When I went to look at it, (2 yrs ago) I thought it was 3-4yrs old and was a bit taken aback to find it was 10 yrs old - it was in superb condition.

It had a 1995 Force 40hp with PTT on it (not an engine I would normally go for), but when I found it had less than 30 hrs on it, I just could'nt resist. I have never regretted buying it - its a smashing wee outfit, all this and only 3k - it was a no brainer. Don't let anyone put you off older Narwhals - I do not know about the post-Valiant ones though!

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Old 06 April 2004, 10:40   #7
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When I was looking last year I had a look at the wildcat ribs. They can be seen/got from Aladins Cave (forgot the other name) on the hamble - imported from South Africa

From my point of view (which is not much) the build quality was not the greatest glue all over the place and looked shaby. But, they are very cheap.


My 2 cents

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Old 06 April 2004, 10:48   #8
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Well Dan' it looks........

like you need to hop in your car and take a look. Let us know how you get on !
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wild cats home page said they are the best boats ever made if that true why is a 4.5m 2003 boat selling for less than 4k are they that bad or just
not what people are looking for i was told avon boats are much higher price
just becuse of the name as other boats are as good but don,t have that market control
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Old 06 April 2004, 10:58   #10
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18 k for a diesel
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deacons thats the gaff



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