Barnacles on a RIB for sale
Hi all, I've owned a 2007 12 foot RIB for about 14 months now and considering something bigger.
Today I looked at a 19 foot about the same age that looks like it sat in the water and then on land quite a while. 330hrs on the outboard.
The port side tube looked totally unremarkable, BUT the starboard side had some small chunks taken off the outer layer of rubber and lots of fouling (at least, compared to my very clean boat and the port side). I decided to pass on it based on the tube, but when I googled later I found some photos that look way worse and seemed to clean up OK.
It looks like about ~60% of the boat's tubes sat in water, because the fouling doesn't occur on the forward part of the tubes. There were also barnacles all over the outboard mounting, some unfilled holes from trim tabs (I know this because I had to replace my trim tabs and filled the old holes!), regular pump gas that had sat in the tank for 2 years (outboard did run tho), laundry list of various small things. Trailer hubs are very rusty and the fenders are rubbing on the tubes because the bunks are too low.
Any thoughts? Price is good but not amazing, certainly not low enough to cover another set of tubes. I've attached photos of the fouled portion of the starboard tube.