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Old 19 November 2014, 11:38   #1
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5.5m rib wanted

Hi all,

I'm considering buying a rib with the following specs:

- 5.5m (or near as possible)
- deep v hull
- hypalon tubes
- with trailer

... but I'm afraid I don't have much of a budget so I'm looking for something inexpensive. I don't mind how old the boat and engine are providing they're in reasonable working order. I'm also based in the South West so would prefer to avoid boats in the far North East or Scotland unless there's a convenient meet-half-way delivery option.

I'm not too precious about brand but would rather - and please understand that this only reflects my lack of knowledge - avoid old Seariders as I'm concerned about the flooding hull and don't want to have to do any work on it.

Are there any boats out there?

Many thanks,

Paul
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Old 19 November 2014, 11:47   #2
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Paul

It would help if you gave us an indication of what your maximum budget is. Have you looked in the for sale section on here?
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Old 19 November 2014, 11:54   #3
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Sure have, Chris. I'm looking to a max of around 4k - like I say... not much of a budget so older boats are fine!
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Old 19 November 2014, 12:37   #4
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If your looking to spend 4k then it will need work, irrelevant if its a SR or not. if you could up your gain to 6k it would give you much better choice and less work.
Whats the issue with flooding hulls?
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Old 19 November 2014, 14:01   #5
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Search 'RIB' on Gumtree. A few 'nice cheap' ones on recently, the latest being a Tornado. Obviously you'll need to satisfy yourself it's all genuine. I managed to buy a nice Osprey Viper from there for a wee bit more than your budget, but not a lot. Worth every penny. Turns out it was a boat Whisper (on here) had owned previously so a bit of genuine history as well. Good luck.


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We have this solid searider for sale. If a trailer is essential I am sure we can work something out.

http://www.rib-shop.com/avon-searide...-johnson-90hp/
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Thank you all for your replies and to those of you who have sent me PMs. I have responded to a couple and have also checked Gumtree - thanks pilotwillie.


Re: the searider, I'm concerned about the long-term effect of seawater in inaccessible places; at the most simple level because of fouling in between the skins and running on from that water retention / osmosis / delamination. Again, I don't know anything about this so it may be complete rubbish... but neither do I know enough to be able to identify or remedy any issues that might exist.
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If you keep a flooding hull Searider on a mooring then the hull will be full of water all the time, but if it's kept on a trailer the inside of the hull will be dry and have much more air circulation than a traditional hull with a drain bung.

Will the boat be stored afloat or ashore? If ashore I would not worry about it.
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Fair point. Regrettably I'll probably be keeping it afloat the majority of the time. I also wouldn't know the history of an old boat with any confidence.
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How about the osprey viper dive rib in the for sale section. It's within budget. I don't know that boat at all but it looks ok from the description and pictures.
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