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Old 08 January 2006, 17:50   #1
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San Diego Boatshow

checked out the San Diego boatshow this weekend and a poor turnout of Ribs
Mainly cater to the dingy and tender market here with only one boat that could be considered a "primary" boat.
The model shown is the A20 sport RIB with a 50 gallon under deck tank /leaning post/console with jump seat
Made by Apex, it appeared well made but a couple of features I didnt like.
Inside was so much fibreglass moulding that it gave the boat a "plasticky" feel especially being all white! The offset steering console did open up the boat and gave easy access to the bow.
Also the "lifeline" is replaced with a flat looped design that I think would wear quickly.
Interesting when the salesman assured me it would do 60MPH with the 115 yamaha and seem quite upset when I disagreed!
All up price with trailer- just under $30,000

cheers Dal
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Old 10 January 2006, 06:03   #2
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Dal,

Serious question. Did you get to see Twiggy water skiing? I didn't attend this year as I knew it would be like you described, no real ribs. At a previous show I did see a rib like boat shown below.
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Old 10 January 2006, 06:11   #3
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seems fairly good value (16k?)
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Old 10 January 2006, 18:33   #4
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Manny,
yes Twiggy was there again! By the way, nice shot of her /him/it
I was in two minds whether to bother due to the lack of Ribs and abundance of bright/plasticky/chrome laden floating stereo sets.
Zodiac had a pathetic showing with no ribs. A couple of smaller tender builders turned up and the Apex line were the only real ones who bothered.
However I went, as the dealer who supplied/services my Suzuki was there and also the trailer builder.
Also the Maritime museum who I have done some photography for were there and the Port authority who I wanted to hit up for some info.
So not too bad.
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