I will come by car and ferry from Hamburg, Germany, to the UK, Solent area and possibly South Wales, this weekend plus monday, leaving tuesday. To see ribs, with the clear intention to buy one. Two Humber Ocean Pro 6.3m, possibly a Vipermax 7m, and if its weight is in my limits and time allows a Ring 750, are on the visit list already.
Not looking for a harbour queen, but a serious Rib.
Preferred makes are Humber, Ring, Osprey Vipermax, Delta, XS, Tornado, Ribcraft. Or ex-RNLI Atlantic.
Boat must be in a good condition ready to go.
showstopper requirements are
1. max weight incl braked trailer no more than 1.9 metric tons. This is a must due to car limitations. Trailer ready to go for a 1200km trip on the road, with the RIB of course.
2. proof of VAT paid, eg by means of original invoice
3. no "hard spot" at the bow, eg as with Ribeye, or hard nose, as contact to other boats will happen for safety reasons or crew transfer
Two main missions are defining a rib for me
1. cruising on river Elbe, west of Hamburg to the Northsea
me and my family: wife and two kids (6 and 8 years old)
Always possible to postpone a trip in case of bad weather. When caught by heavy weather underway, always possible to return with safe and comfortable speed or revert to a safe haven.
waves up to 2m, wind up to 25knots with gusts
2. judging/umpiring sailing regattas
Defined by Regattas around Helgoland/German Bight and offshore Kiel, Travemünde and Warnemünde in the Baltic Sea.
Sustaining even in bad weather in the area. Rescue work possible, incl towing.
Preferably being able to get from the German coast to Helgoland safely
waves exceeding 3m, wind up to 40kn in gusts
These two missions define main requirements as per below
1. As I am quiet tall with 1.95m, console, wheel and handles high enough to allow for standing. However, for rest or relax while on standby possibility to seat down for relaxing welcome
2. in total 4 seating, preferably 2x2 single jockeys. bench seating not preferred
3. seperate battery(ies) per engine(s) and for consumers
4. engine power sufficient to operate in heavy weather.
5. range of 120 nautical miles minimum
6. electrics:navication lights, compass, engine gauges, fuel gauge, echo, gps, vhf. DSC not necessary
7. cruising speed of about 25 knots up to a meter significant wave height
8. sufficient grab handles on console for a safe stand
9. towing arrangement, post nice-to-have
10. in case of twin engines: full redundancy in tanks, fuel lines/filters, electrics and instrumentation. Counterrotating props welcome
11. complete equipped w/ anchor, mooring lines, paddle, fender, etc
12. heavy duty straking and tube wear patches
13. low fuelconsumption
14. plane storage area on top of console for notepad, hand compass, stuff like that
15. SS prop
An A-frame is not necessarily a must. Aux engine welcome
Service history of engine(s) appreciated.
Budget indication 16kGBP
Finally, I need a practical advise regarding payment, as I have a German account only. A bank transfer will take longer than I stay in the UK - how the heck is it possible to get to GBP in cash without bank expenses? Are American Express Traveler Cheques accepted by private persons in the UK?