It's looking like my wife and I will be closing on a used 40' boat in the next month, pending final negotiations. Anyway to make a long story short the boat is in Maryland
and we live in Texas
. If we close on it we'll be flying up there to bring it back in mid-Oct. Along with a few general preventative maintenance
tasks, the one major glaring piece we need to address is the fact that the boat is being sold without a dinghy
. We'd like to stick with a good name brand RIB
no offense to others but we're thinking Achilles, AB, or Caribe. We're thinking 10' after considering our must haves and nice to haves.
Since our checkbook is already smoking from the purchase
process we'd like to find a good used one to save some $ but the prices for used RIBs from dealers in the area are steeper than I'd anticipated. For example a 6 year old Achiles DX (with several patches) for $2200. If we had the luxury of shopping
at home I'd take the Craigslist route
and just shop around for a while, but operating remotely (makes more sense to buy in MD) and needing something before we actually leave is making that tough.
So, I figured I'd bounce this off the cruising collective and see if anyone in the area had recommendations for where one could find good quality used dinghies at reasonable prices in the area. Also trying to decide if it makes more sense to go new, but the prices sting a bit.
Either way, it's looking like we'll be waiting to pick up the motor
until we swing through the Bahamas
on the way home...but in the mean time we'll need some form of dinghy
before we set out.