New to large RIBs but have sailed for over 40 years so pretty hands on.
I am looking for a RIB package ie RIB, Engine and Trailer.
At the moment the shortlist of RIBs is:
Zodiac Pro Open 550
Avon Adventurer 580
Mercury Optimax 115HP
Mercury 115HP EFI
Trailer must be up to a long trail of circa 350 miles
The boat will be used and kept in France so one question is whether I buy in the UK or France. France offers the advantage of being able to access Warranties more easily locally. UK has the advantage that I can negotiate in English. UK may be slightly cheaper.
Do I go for a say 2006 - 2008 rig circa £16,000 or a French rig of Zodiac Pro Open 550, Optimax 115HP and trailer 2010 but all still in the showroom at £23,000 although if pushed they have said they might move to £21,000 incl warranties on all three items. Bateau occasion ZODAIC PRO OPEN 550 Vendée ocassion - Bateau Pneumatique
I know a lot of people like Ribtecs but as they do not have a separate outboard well then they do tend to fill up with water more.
So as well as the above questions: Do I buy in the UK and can I get a good deal like above or do I buy second hand and take a risk on the engine etc.
Lots of questions but I am hoping that the experience of Ribnet folk will come up with some good advice and things to consider/watch out for.
Thanks in advance.