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Old 05 August 2014, 03:43   #1
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Hello from the Isle of Wight

Hello all

My names Mike and im from Ryde on the IOW, i have been into boats for a few years now and have recently sold my 16ft fishing boat and am on the lookout for a rib so have joined the forum for guidence and advice.

Hope to speak to you all soon.

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Old 05 August 2014, 04:00   #2
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Hello all

My names Mike and im from Ryde on the IOW, i have been into boats for a few years now and have recently sold my 16ft fishing boat and am on the lookout for a rib so have joined the forum for guidence and advice.

Hope to speak to you all soon.

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A refreshingly sensible opening post

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Old 05 August 2014, 04:06   #3
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A refreshingly sensible opening post

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Very. Welcome Mike.
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Old 05 August 2014, 04:51   #4
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Welcome Mike, I live in the hamble or in cowes whichever takes my fancy, plenty of RIB choices and loads of experience on here
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Old 05 August 2014, 05:07   #5
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Hey all. I'm after a 4.5-5 mtr rib with a 50-70 hp on the back. Primarily for solent use. All round use like fishing n towing toys etc. Budget of 4 k tops. But must include trailer. Any advice gratefully received. But after reading some of the horror stories on here I'm a bit put off.
Need convincing people.

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4.7m Searider end of! :-)
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4.7m Searider end of! :-)
Can't argue with that but be warned they're like the proverbial rocking horse doodah
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Old 05 August 2014, 08:14   #8
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Can't argue with that but be warned they're like the proverbial rocking horse doodah
....and £4k doesn't go far when buying an SR4.7
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Old 05 August 2014, 08:34   #9
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Any advice on what to steer clear from.
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Old 05 August 2014, 09:48   #10
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yellow snow..?

Personally, i would say Avon SR4, you'll get a nice one for that sort of money. Perfect for what The Solent can throw at 'er

However, don't expect a nice 'family boat' or a pretty boat.

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Any advice on what to steer clear from.
Well, for the indicated budget, you're in the 'Pre-loved' market so rather than focusing on particular manufacturers or brands at this stage I'd get out there and view a healthy cross-section in order to give you an idea of the range of absolute crap that's offered for sale around this price-point.

You may end up revising your thinking downward to (say) a SeaRider 4m or increasing your budget. Either way, be prepared to invest a deal of time and money on a refurb which is actually a great way to learn about ribs in general and your rib in particular. There are also many great refurb threads on here to guide and inspire you.

Personally, at this level, I'd rather buy on the basis that I'd probably need to invest 50% of the purchase price in replacement items such as new trailer bearings, impellor, spark plugs, lowercase seals and general tidying of tubes, gelcoat repairs, etc and know that they were properly sorted rather than take a seller's word that things were ok. Every trailer for sale seems to have had the wheel bearings 'replaced last year mate'.

Documentary evidence goes a long way too. Has the seller got the bill for the last engine service that itemises precisely what was replaced, or is there actually not even a scrap of paper to support the fact that the seller even has legal title to the RIB he's trying to sell you?

Major items to look for are spongy decks and cracked transoms which are both signs that you should probably walk away unless you possess the skills and facilities of 'Biffer', or are prepared to pay for someone's (considerable) time and materials.

Anyway, having said all that, someone will probably post a cracking boat for sale at £4K on here this weekend that will need nothing doing to it and will be your pride and joy for years to come.

Happy hunting!
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http://www.rib.net/forum/f21/4-8m-hu...yam-60758.html

What about this one.
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Mike, type 'Humber Assault' into the search function here on Ribnet, or Type 'Humber Assault Ribnet' into Google and you'll find a load of info on the RIB.

I've never been in one so can't comment but I know there are many people who say Humber themselves produce better hulls than the Assault.
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Might be your lucky day?

A fellow Ribnet nobbur has just posted this http://www.rib.net/forum/f21/ribcraf...tml#post637515

Might well be worthwhile investigating?
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