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Old 10 June 2013, 17:53   #1
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Would you buy an excalibur rib

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I am in the market for a rib at the moment and there are a couple of nice excalibur's near me, does it matter the company no longer trade? I would be concerned about trying to sell on in a few years, the ones for sale have been on the market for a few months but saying that sales are slow in Ireland at present.

what you think?
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Old 10 June 2013, 18:34   #2
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If the price and boat were right it wouldn't stop me. There's not much you need to original builder for that others can't help you with - and I believe if you needed to you can track down the old owner/designer of excalibur.

I've not seen the boats you are looking at - but two observations you might want to consider:

(i) In MY view, boats in Ireland are often rather highly priced. I'm not sure why if its a Euro thing, a limited number of boats that don't need an expensive ferry or just unrealistic expectations.
(ii) Excaliburs always struck me as a bit pricey, before the bubble burst anyway.

So if those boats have been on the market for a while it probably means they are bit too expensive. Bargains don't hang around for long.
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Old 10 June 2013, 19:51   #3
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There's some stunning value in Excaliburs about lately - a combination of their sadly going bust and the recession hurting the market for big ribs. I'd have no hesitation in buying one as they were well designed and built with pride. They're GRP and Hypalon so as repairable as any other rib and the engines are all standard marine diesels or big outboards. I'd watch those older/smaller ones fitted with old school two-strokes - thirsty!
Excalibur always welcomed visitors to the factory in Carrigaline and I've never heard of any sort of quality problem with the boats themselves and seen them well used with confidence in gnarly conditions.
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Old 14 June 2013, 17:57   #4
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Thanks for replies, agree with the comments, one thing with irish sales is the seller will normally take money off, in the UK i find there is not much room for negotiation, that has been my experience anyway.

I always loved the excalibur's, have been to the factory and nearly bought new a few years ago but went for a hard boat instead.

I am probably going to look at one next weekend in Cork along with a ribeye and a cobra
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Make sure it's got a CE mark if you buy it.

There was one involved in an accident (not the boat's fault) a little while back and the MCIB report noted

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Make sure it's got a CE mark if you buy it.

There was one involved in an accident (not the boat's fault) a little while back and the MCIB report noted
I have read that report alright, it is half the reason i posted, the one i am interested in has a CE mark alright.

the surveyor for my current boat that is now sale agreed is from that area, I must ask him about it.
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There's some stunning value in Excaliburs about lately - a combination of their sadly going bust and the recession hurting the market for big ribs. I'd have no hesitation in buying one as they were well designed and built with pride. They're GRP and Hypalon so as repairable as any other rib and the engines are all standard marine diesels or big outboards. I'd watch those older/smaller ones fitted with old school two-strokes - thirsty!
Excalibur always welcomed visitors to the factory in Carrigaline and I've never heard of any sort of quality problem with the boats themselves and seen them well used with confidence in gnarly conditions.
Would just like to correct the comment above about "going bust". Far from going bust Gael Force the builders decided to close the business down as they saw the writing on the wall with a looming recession and a decline in sales. As far as I am aware they left no debts at all and it was an orderly close down of operations
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Would just like to correct the comment above about "going bust". Far from going bust Gael Force the builders decided to close the business down as they saw the writing on the wall with a looming recession and a decline in sales. As far as I am aware they left no debts at all and it was an orderly close down of operations
Just spotted this thread. What Christopher says is correct. I understand that some of the employees of Gaelforce are now in possession of the moulds and are in a position to build or repair boats.
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fine looking ribs
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fine looking ribs
Never seen one 'up Close'..but they do look the Part, and knowing thier 'Pedigree' I'd certainly encourage the the OP pay to have a closer look ...and from what Wilk says there could be a Bargain or two to be had!
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