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Old 23 May 2020, 09:22   #1
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Iím sure that somebody has probably asked this before and apologies if that is the case but I would appreciate any advice or help anyone can offer.

I am seriously considering buying a Rib and it will be my first boat. I have spent a fair amount of time on the water as I used to spend every summer in Dartmouth but until now owning one has not been something Iíve been able to consider.

I would be looking for a rib that could have up to 10 people on it, capable of cruising (coastal), water sports etc. Generally a bit of an all rounder. I am looking at Zodiac Open 550 and Ribeye a550.

I would be looking to keep it in dry dock for most of the year in Dartmouth.

Please assume I know absolutely nothing about owning a boat (fairly accurate) : what advice can you give me about finding and purchasing one? Should it be new, 2nd hand etc. Where should I get it from, who should I talk to, whoís opinion on it can I trust, what do I need to know about maintenance and running costs, insurance costs...

Probably a lot to ask for but please feel free to throw all knowledge and experience at me - Iím very much in the research phase of things.

Thanks!
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Old 23 May 2020, 10:29   #2
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Hi, sorry to say this but - Youíre Gonna Need A Bigger Boat!

For 10 people, I would guess at least 7m.
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Old 23 May 2020, 11:49   #3
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Hi



Iím sure that somebody has probably asked this before and apologies if that is the case but I would appreciate any advice or help anyone can offer.



I am seriously considering buying a Rib and it will be my first boat. I have spent a fair amount of time on the water as I used to spend every summer in Dartmouth but until now owning one has not been something Iíve been able to consider.



I would be looking for a rib that could have up to 10 people on it, capable of cruising (coastal), water sports etc. Generally a bit of an all rounder. I am looking at Zodiac Open 550 and Ribeye a550.



I would be looking to keep it in dry dock for most of the year in Dartmouth.



Please assume I know absolutely nothing about owning a boat (fairly accurate) : what advice can you give me about finding and purchasing one? Should it be new, 2nd hand etc. Where should I get it from, who should I talk to, whoís opinion on it can I trust, what do I need to know about maintenance and running costs, insurance costs...



Probably a lot to ask for but please feel free to throw all knowledge and experience at me - Iím very much in the research phase of things.



Thanks!


A 5.5m class boat will take 4 people comfortably, 6 max. As Ferryman says, if youíre looking to seat 10pax youíre looking at 7m+
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Old 23 May 2020, 17:19   #4
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7m RIB - £20-£60k used with trailer. You'll need a decent tow car - and B+E drivers licence if you passed your test after 1997.

Insurance - negligible, a few hundred a year.

Maintenance - depends on engine and spec. Maybe £1000 a year if nothing goes wrong. (Includes engine and trailer service and a few small repairs). Realistically more, plus the cost of all the upgrades you'll decide you need.

Fuel - at full chat and at current prices a 7ish m petrol burning RIB will quite happily burn £100+ an hour. Less of course if driven conservatively.

Berthing: no idea about Dartmouth but in the Solent that would be another £3-5k depending on where on a dry stack or marina.
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