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Old 05 July 2017, 07:52   #1
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First Rib wanted sub 1k

I know Its a tight budget but looking small 3-4m with around the 20hp with console seating.

Can give 3.3m sib in exchange towards one aswell.

Sub 1000 only. We all got to start somewhere
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Old 05 July 2017, 09:33   #2
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Can I be honest - 1k for a RIB is unrealistic.

You're actually better staying with a SIB at that budget. You'll end up with a complete tub that needs a lot of work to bring up to scratch, a trailer that probably needs serviced and an engine that you're now going to depend on for your life, which at this kind of money has to be questionable.

Couple of options. Upgrade to a slightly larger SIB. Second-hand Zodiacs, especially the older Tourism or Futura MK II models do come up from time to time and give you more on-board room. Matched with a 20-25hp, they're fantastic sea-keeping boats and relatively easy to maintain and repair.

Increase your budget.

1,850 gets you this
https://www.findafishingboat.com/chinook-5m/ad-86683

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Old 05 July 2017, 09:42   #3
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Completely agree with what you say. But if something does pop up cheap which needs work that's what I will have. For now I'm happy with my sib. Until the correct one appears 😂
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Old 05 July 2017, 09:49   #4
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Does the 1000 include engine?
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Old 05 July 2017, 11:43   #5
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Obviously no problem if your thought process doesn't fit the "forum standard" but what extra are you looking for in your boat that makes you want to upgrade?

Is your current engine good enough to transfer to a new boat?
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Old 05 July 2017, 16:14   #6
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If you fancy helping me and guiding me be my guest here. Advice is welcome.

My current engine is a lovely little thing. Reliable as heck but it's only a 10hp. So no good to transfer onto a small rib.

If I bought a rib. I can get hold of a engine in good price. Although it will be old and unreliable it's something I would live with till I upgraded. (I'm always out with other boats not a solo adventure person yet)

My boat has small tubes and doesn't seem to handle many waves. I once had a 3.8 sib which did alot better.

If I do stick with a sib being cheaper and can still stick it in the van. I'm looking for either a bombard aerotec or zodiac 3.4crf to use with my 10hp until next season when I can upgrade.
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Ahh I'd been looking at your profile and assumed you still had the 25hp. With that thought I wondered if your 1000 (less than actually) would be well served trying an Aerotec. They are nor in the class of a RIB but the majority of SIB owners who've upgraded to one find them excellent in a difficult sea.

I sold an old one very cheaply to a guy on here the other year and he started off with a 10hp on it before upgrading later.

Just a thought??
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It's so confusing trying to balance storage and the perfect boat. I've had that many I forget which have been best. I did like my 3.8 & 25hp as it really did fly.

I'm keeping my eye out for a Aerotec as I do hear they are about the best sib one can buy. Failing that a zodiac 3.4 airfloor.

But the cheap rib just to try really does appeal to me. I did borrow a safety rib for half hours use and loved it. But it just wasn't enough time to work out if it's for me or not.

I can afford something like this to try. Spoken to owner and it's my price range give or take a few hundred.
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172760561472
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Check FB "Avon searider club". There's now a SR5.4 going for 800..
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Look at this on eBay 3 Metre Wildcat SA Rib 20hp Tohatsu outboard | eBay
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If that runs it's term on Ebay I'd be surprised if it doesn't go well over 1000
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Old 06 July 2017, 04:45   #11
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>>>cheap rib just to try really does appeal to me. I did borrow a safety rib for half hours use and loved it.

Yes I know what you mean. Before we turned to sibbing (when I decided to stop trailering) we had the boat below... 20hp and sporty hull design. Only the same length as the Aerotec but so roomy.... about 5kts faster on the same HP... accurate straight line and turn ability... lovely clean wake... easy plane transition... but it wouldn't fit in the boot!

Bought for 850 with trailer and sold for 1250 after gradual refurb during my ownership... great fun and huge value.

So yes I can see the attraction of a hard hull.



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What's the hole at the back of the boat on the floor beside the transom?

My searider didn't have that ....
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What's the hole at the back of the boat on the floor beside the transom?

My searider didn't have that ....
flooding hull more stability at rest pretty unique to these
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Don't some people block the holes of in the hull to enhance tale of performance. But it reduced stability while at idle in water?
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Don't some people block the holes of in the hull to enhance tale of performance. But it reduced stability while at idle in water?
Yes they do as a personnel preference but they drain as soon as you get under way just takes a bit longer to plane I don't know if there's a benifitt either way I would have to test to make an opinion
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flooding hull more stability at rest pretty unique to these


That isn't the hole I'm on about ..
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That isn't the hole I'm on about ..
Do you mean the hole in the deck middle of the transom if so I would say deck drain but how that works if it is I don't know nothing else on the transom like elephants trunk
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