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Old 06 September 2020, 14:03   #1
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Buying first RIB - BWM on ebay for 8k - good deal or avoid?

I've not seen it but Im suspicious of the price. It's a 25+ year boat (and engine?). Should I steer well clear?

https://ebay.us/D7hQGb

Looking for any advice for example what to look for if I go and see it. Would I be better off getting a betting know make / model with a newer (four stroke?) engine. I'm worried this could end up costing me lots of money and a big headache.

What should I expect to be paying for an 18ft 90-115hp RIB 10-15 years old?
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Old 06 September 2020, 14:34   #2
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Hmm looks like something I would be interested in..... the motor is the oddity but may be a rebrand of another motor so look into that was Johnson BRP same as Evinrude ? Or does this predate that?

https://youtu.be/NWcqLjVxK_k

Prices have been nuts, should be calming down now but are you going to get much use from a “first rib” as we are now into the autumn? BWM has a pretty decent rep iirc and it’s a lot less than people are trying to charge for Avon adventures of similar spec....
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Old 06 September 2020, 14:34   #3
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Not my choice of outboard but its quite a neat set up.

Trailer looks good, everything looks cared for and new tubes are a welcome bonus.

I would say it's worth a decent look at and offer.

Price of ribs with your specification looking for is HUGELY variable and theres no set in stone price bracket.

I would only look at something with hypalon tubes because every PVC boat I've had has degraded with age.

Its also a good size for handling and seakeeping as well.

At the end of the day, a newer boat will cost over 10K easily and that could need retubed.

It may be worth a survey or an experienced ribber going with you to give you ultimate piece of mind
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Old 06 September 2020, 14:41   #4
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Good condition RIB, many new parts and extras. 7k+ spent over recent years.
Seems the major stuff has been done check invoices call contractors new hypalon tubes power head rebuild get compression checked electronics looks usable trailer looks good if the motor was a yam Id probably be going to see it
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