I have sold my rigid sailing dink, and i am looking to get a RIB
to replace it. Locally there is a 10 yr old, 10ft Caribe. It is in OK condition, no patches, usual scuffs and scraps on the hull
. The owner wants $1000 but I'm sure that I could get him down to $800. It appears very substantial (heavy). It would easily carry my family
. I am conerned that it would tow heavy.
Alternativley, down the road is an inflatable
dealer/repairer with a brand new Avon RIB
lite 3.1. He is willing to sell at his cost of $2000. I think that Avon
makes a quality product, but the design seems a bit dated. I'm told that they are wet when running. It is lightweight and is the only rib that will fit (transom folds) below decks. Which would be neat going to Bermuda
or on an offshore
run to Cape Cod
. Did I mention that it was brand new?
Also, for $2000 I can get a Mercury
3.1 RIB from defender. I don't know much about them but what little I have heard has not been positive.
Having looked around for a couple of years i have found that quality used ribs at a good price
are hard to find.
What do you all think?