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Old 30 June 2011, 10:48   #1
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Looking for 6 to 6.5m RIB around 10k

Looking for a RIB size 6 to 6.5m, at least 4 jockeys (preferably side by side behind console). Needs to come with a trailer, would prefer high tech 2 stroke (e.g. Optimax, ETEC) or 4 stroke. Ideally would also have a suicide seat on the front of the console.

Budget is around 10k and I'm in Southampton.

Anyone got anything in that price range or am I being unrealistic?

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Gerry

P.S. Does it sound better if I say "cash waiting"?
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Old 01 July 2011, 02:48   #2
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prefer high tech 2 stroke (e.g. Optimax, ETEC) or 4 stroke.

Anyone got anything in that price range or am I being unrealistic?
You won't get anything with an E-tec at that price, possibly an older Opti or Yam HPDI but they will be fairly old versions so watch out they are not knackered.!
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Old 01 July 2011, 03:57   #3
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Anyone got anything in that price range or am I being unrealistic?
You are asking a lot from your budget but it is possible, we found a really tidy 6m RIB with a 100HP Yamaha for a customer a few weeks back for this kind of money.
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Old 01 July 2011, 14:56   #4
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Thanks for the input. I realise I'm exepecting a lot from the budget.

Also trying to work out whether it's better (or easier) to get a boat with an older engine but good layout and update engine later, or get a decent engine with the wrong layout and change console/seats. Surprised how expensive some consoles (e.g. Outhill) seem to be...

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Old 01 July 2011, 17:04   #5
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I've just bought a Ring 6.5 m with a 140hp suzuki for not much more than that. Extremely happy with my purchase. There are bargains to be had, especially as people selling will be open to offers as they panic that they wont sell by the end of the season and have another years maintainance to sort. Good Luck!
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Old 05 July 2011, 07:23   #6
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Hi not sure if you can stretch to this one but from the pics it looks like a real good deal.
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Old 07 July 2011, 05:37   #7
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Hi not sure if you can stretch to this one but from the pics it looks like a real good deal.
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Thanks, but that's getting a bit on the big side. I'd really like to stay below 6.5m.

Also at that price, there'd be several RIBs I'd be looking at.

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Old 11 July 2011, 05:39   #8
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Thanks for the input. I realise I'm exepecting a lot from the budget.

Also trying to work out whether it's better (or easier) to get a boat with an older engine but good layout and update engine later, or get a decent engine with the wrong layout and change console/seats. Surprised how expensive some consoles (e.g. Outhill) seem to be...

Gerry
To my mind buy the right boat and upgrade the engine later. Old consoles ripped out of boats aren't worth much, and it takes a lot of time and effort/skill to fit replacements, rewire etc. As you've already discovered the costs soon mount up too - especially when you add upholstery and steel work too! Whilst you are waiting to do the work the boat will be a bigger compromise which might mean you don't use it much.

The other way round second hand engines in good running order will get you some money back (but only a fraction of its replacement cost!) but are relatively straightforward to fit (no angle grinders usually required!) and add some value to the boat, and in the meantime you can use it - all assuming the engine is reliable.

That said I wouldn't rule out a boat because it doesn't seem to have the right seat layout - unless you really know what you will use it for. Its not uncommon to hear people say they want all jockey seats because they are better for rough seas and then say but we won't really go out in bad weather - especially with the full family on board.

Also you may be able to easily add a suicide seat on the front of the console e.g. using something like a large cool box; if you really need it.
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Old 07 August 2011, 10:39   #9
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Thanks for all the suggestions. As a postscript I should say that I blew my budget somewhat and ended up buying an Osprey Vipermax 6.5 with 150 Optimax from Jus on the forum.

Just had a fantastic week with the boat on Inchmurrin on Loch Lomond. Long journey to tow a boat (from Southampton), but fantastic place, great boating and pleased with the RIB so far.

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Old 07 August 2011, 12:15   #10
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Thanks for all the suggestions. As a postscript I should say that I blew my budget somewhat and ended up buying an Osprey Vipermax 6.5 with 150 Optimax from Jus on the forum.
Well worth sacrificing the porcelain pig for.
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