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Old 10 July 2015, 03:27   #11
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Hi there

I'm in the same boat as you - sorry terrible pun, and in the market for a 6m RIB.

There is a RIBCRAFT 585 for sale just down the road in Plymouth at 12,995.

Did you ever get yourself sorted out in the end?

My concern is not knowing too much about an engine and her hours. This particular boat seems to be an ex-safety boat in Brixham which would suggest lots of hours. She then went up to Hants to a private owner.

I gather the Honda 90hp engine cannot be diagnosed or logged?!?!

Would be interested to know where your RIB search journey took you in the end.

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Old 10 July 2015, 03:35   #12
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90hp isn't a lot of engine for that hull, be underpowered.

There are other 585's for sale just now that you may want to check out.

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Old 10 July 2015, 03:49   #13
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Cheers Dubrus.

What are we talking as a minimum - 150 hp?

Where is the best place to be looking please?
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Old 10 July 2015, 04:29   #14
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The sooz 140 is the most common you'll probably find on there. I think they are rated to 150hp though, check the ribcraft website out for specs.

Personally I'd want 115hp minimum on there and preferably the 140. As with anything used a compromise may need to be made. If you like the grey one with the Honda then go sea trial it and see if it suits your needs, you may be happy with the 90 as you have never had the bigger ones. If the hull and tubes are good you can repower at a later date if you feel the need.

Here is a video of the boat I assume your looking at https://youtu.be/p0ZtxT1GMUA the tubes look bare in places on the pics and video, needs a closer look.

Where to look is to keep googling really as they pop up in weird places.

BEWARE of scams, plenty about with this boat as it is so popular. You may find some very young 585's for less than 10k, total scams. Do not pay ANYTHING unless you are standing in front of it with the seller, not even a deposit.

Expect to pay 14k plus for a decent one circa 2006 ish and over 20 for more modern examples. This is assuming Max Outboards on there, be less with fewer ponies obviously or with high hour motors.

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Old 19 July 2015, 13:53   #15
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Hi I looked at this boat and the Hin suggests it is 2002 not 2005 I can see where the seller may be confused as ribcraft stamp the hull Id numbers backwards so if you look at it upside down with a squint in your eye and the sun in the right direction you could see a 5 lol ask for a picture of in doubt the last two didgets are the year of manufacture for the hull anyway

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Notwithstanding year of manufacture - although that is important - and why would anyone accept a wrong plate? - I totally agree with Dubrus - a 90HP on a 585 is totally underpowered - unless you're pootling around a lake as a safety boat (then why have a RC585 - especially with that 4 x2 layout).

Concur with him on price too (unfortunately).
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I myself own an Atlantic 75 an I'm perfectly fine with 2 75hp mariners on the back
Every single boat I have ever owned is ex rnli
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