Originally Posted by VanillaIceCream
Don't forget to add 10% to the price to fix things after you buy the RIB.
That has to be flawed. £10k rib, spend £1k on tweaking yes. But £3k rib only spend £300 tweaking??
Originally Posted by Northernmarine
Who want to tell me about selva engines
You will struggle to get an honest answer from people with experience... There are 6 main outboard makers:
- Mercury / Mariner
- Tohatsu (is made by Nissan)
- Evinrude / Johnson*
*ETECs from Evinrude have a bit of a marmite following on here.
Otherwise the other 4 are generally considered OK, but specific models will have specific nuances that make them better or worse. For instance Tohatsu 9.8's are very saught after but I've never heard of people fighting for a Tohatsu 50 or 70 like they might a Yam 50 or 70. Its all down to weight and reputed reliability/performance.
Then there is Selva! Relative new boys to the market they are East European Clones. Selva's have been claimed to be Yamaha's in disguise. Don't know how true that is. There is always a concern about spares for these sorts of copies but if it really is a pure Yam clone then spares should be no issue. The second issue with clones is that they may not have the same quality control.
So snag comes if you have a problem where do you go to get it fixed. The local Yam man may or may not be able / willing to look at it. Is there a Selva man anywhere in Scotland?
They are probably about 30% cheaper new. Second hand I'd expect that to even more.