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Old 31 December 2005, 21:47   #1
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bombard ribs ok?

i'm going to look at a 15 1/2 ft bombard rib tommorow. 1995 with aluminum hull, 55hp suzuki, center console, new transom, trailer. the guy says he needs cash bad as he just had surgery. he didn't even know what a RIB was. he's never ran it. says it holds air and runs great according to his friend he bought it from.

i'll try and attach the only photo he has of it.

ok, i need the advice of the big brains on this site to tell me if these boats are any good and if...get this....$2200 dollars for everything is a good deal. seems really cheap to me.

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Old 31 December 2005, 23:10   #2
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generally they are not bad ribs. usually their tubes are pvc although from the picture it look like the tubes on this one are hypalon. seems like a good deal. this is the first alum. hull bombard i have seen. do you know what year it was built?

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Old 31 December 2005, 23:19   #3
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he says 95 but he doesn't sound like he knows anything about ribs. i hope i don't drive down there and find out it's not a rib. he says it looks like a V to him.
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Old 01 January 2006, 00:06   #4
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it might be a commando model. found it on their website. they use 1100 decitex fabric (whatever that is)

this was just cut and paste below:


Rigid keel in 3 sections - (Bombard exclusivity)
- Assembles without any tooling
Monobloc floorboard system
- In anodised aluminium
- Rust and rot-proof
- Handles shocks with ease
- Built-in track for attaching accessories and equipment
- Fitting for rigid foredeck
- Large spray deflecting rubbing strake

if that's the case is it a rib? will it be good in choppy conditions, or kind of harsh riding? might have been too good to be true.

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Old 01 January 2006, 00:28   #5
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I would say it is not a true rigid hull, what I mean is it is not a fibreglass bottom. It has a fabric bottom with a keel stringer in it. The keel stringer is in three sections. It has alum floor boards these gives it most of it's structural strength. It is a foldable boat(maybe a little hard with the consol in the pic). Decitex is a type of pvc tube material. Pvc is notr as good as hypalon and detoriates faster in the sun. Nice on flat days or a little bit of chop but not so much fun in the bigger stuff. I think the suggested max hp is a 40. still looks like a good deal if the motor runs well and the tubes and bottom are in good shape.

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Can't you get the guy that's selling to take a few more photo's of it (from a wider angle and from the transom).

From the description of the comando model it does sound like what OceanEco says, but you are guessing that's what model it is. Arn't you? Sounds like a very keen price if it really is a RIB.

Get some more photo's!
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yeah, i'm just guessing. i went to the bombard website and it's the only one with aluminum. the guy's kinda slow i think. i'll know tommorow morning when i see it. even if it's not a rib i think i'll pick it up since it's so cheap. who knows, maybe i'll get lucky. i'll post picks tommorow for sure.

i won't actually pay for it until monday when the banks open so you guys can critique it for me before hand i hope.

i'll get shots of the hull, tubes, and motor as well. i'm bringing a compression tester too.

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columbiachop, that picture you posted is not a Commando.
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Hi Columbiachop
This was my old Bombard, it was a 4.9m rated for 10 people and max engine up to 65hp ( )
The floor looks very similar but the tube fittings different, it wasn't a Rib but had a 3 section wooden keel/stringer under a hypalon type covering. It was marked 'Bombard C5'
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Old 01 January 2006, 18:48   #10
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ok, here it is.

the good...engine runs nicely
holds air
tubes appear to be in good condition with just a couple patches
and one torn off d-ring.

the bad... only one baffle seems to be working in the tubes. 4 of the
chambers inflate and deflate togather.

it's not a rib.

trailer is pretty much worthless


so, are the baffles fixable/replaceable or should i just walk away from this one? i need this boat to be safe for my family as the waters in front of my house are notoriously unforgiving.

and lastly, what model is this anyway?

thanks everyone for the input,
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