Hi all - first time I've posted here but have been reading intently for some time. . .I am reasonably new to ribs I guess but have reasonable experience of boats, especially those with sails and I know my way around the Solent pretty well - I have Day Skipper sailing, theory up to Yachtmaster and also PB2 and SRC. Like many people nowadays I work within the IT industry but am lucky enough to work from home which means that I have very flexible working hours
(I know this has little to do with a 'wanted' post but feel it only polite to accompany my first forum post with a little intro so you have some idea who I am
I am looking for a 5.5 to 6.5 m rib for leisure use in the solent. Ideally I would like the option to seat at leat six although the normal use would be two or three and would mainly be using the rib for trips around the solent, and cruising around it's many rivers (waterfront lunch stops especially ..)
My current ready cash budget stands at about £12k and I would like to find something that fits within this budget. I do curently have a motorcycle for sale which would boost my budget by around £5k but the current weather is really not helping with bike sales and I have a feeling that I could miss the whole of this year's boating season if I have to wait for it to sell.
So if anyone has/sees anything for sale that might fit the bill please let me know. I have been in touch with Jimbo about his Tohatsu but I am a litle unsure as to how noisy that is likely to be and for cruising purposes I am thinking that I would prefer a 4-stroke for both noise and economy reasons...comments welcome.
I have also been in touch wih Zippy about his coastline which is looking a good option, but ony if my bike sells before he sells it.
I have been keeping a check on boatsandoutboards and also boatshop24 and ebay but haven't seen anything yet that fits the bill. Are there any other good on-line resources for rib-sales?
Anyway - I guess that's probably about enough waffle from me for the time being.