Buying Your First RIB – Part 1
I’ve met so many people who are or have been unhappy RIB owners because they’ve bought the wrong RIB. Before you dive head first into the world of RIB ownership, ask yourself a few questions that will help you decide on the kind of boat you will need – go with your head and your heart not just the latter!
Who will use the RIB? Will it just be you, or you and the family or will you invite friends? If so, consider how frequently and in what areas, as this will have a bearing on the size of RIB you need.
How will you use the RIB? Will you be fishing, water skiing, cruising, taking day trips, weekend trips or longer passages across the English Channel or further afield?
When, and how often, will the boat be used? Do you want to use your RIB throughout the year or just in the summer months?
Where will you operate the RIB – will it be in the confines of a harbour or lake or will you be a coastal explorer or a cross channel adventurer?
How much can you afford to spend? Don’t forget the initial cost of purchase is just the beginning. There will be maintenance, insurance, registration fees and instruction and safety course fees.
What type of boat suits your personality and temperament? Do you imagine racing around at 45 knots everywhere or are you happier cruising at lesser speeds?