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Old 17 September 2004, 10:13   #1
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Shipping Ribs to USA

Just picked up my boat shipped from Southampton to California USA.
Had used a RO/RO company as they were half the cost of a similar containerised service.
Simon at Completefreight arranged pickup and shipping as they specialize in boats and marine freight.simon@completefreight.net <simon@completefreight.net>
Happy to say the boat arrived safely even after dodging 2 hurricanes and processing at Port Hueneme was quick and efficient.
So many thanks to Simon for a friendly, efficient and economical service; Great Job!!!!
Cheers Dal
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Old 17 September 2004, 13:05   #2
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Hope you have loads of fun with it - thanks for the tip on the shipping people - may come in useful
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Old 17 September 2004, 13:16   #3
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Looks well, can't wait to hear how you get on with her!! I'm sure you'll be very impressed.
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Old 17 September 2004, 13:27   #4
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Did you ship her on the trailer or source that in the US?
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Old 17 September 2004, 13:48   #5
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Old 17 September 2004, 20:47   #6
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Alan,
the trailer was made to order in the US.(Luckily was a local firm couple of miles away)
I had considered shipping it on a roller trailer but we have different lighting regulations over here. the lights are fixed; and the tail lights and side running lights are fully submersible. Also it's considered a licensed vehicle over here with it's own number plate;so easier to register a US built trailer.
Also there was no real need for a roller trailer as all our launch ramps are very steep and paved so "hopefully" straight forward bunks will suffice.(seems roller trailers over here are reserved for larger style boats which are more difficult to launch).
I had the frame dropped "V" to accomadate the hull' rather than straight cross members; so it puts the boat closer to the water for launching.

It was shipped on a steel and wood cradle which was fork-liftable.
I made a couple of "bunks"out of 6"x2" wood and carpet ;which I bridged the gap between the cradle and the trailer and used the trailer winch to slide off the boat up onto the trailer.So worked well(especially as I was one my own)

Have to put on registration numbers on the bow over here which I am getting shipped from the UK (wildgraphics.co ) So will give me a few days while my dealer fits my Suzuki engine.
Thanks for all your best wishes,(SWginn; see what you mean about this hull;looks as though it's going to be fun handling)
Will keep you all posted,
cheers Dal
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Old 17 September 2004, 21:16   #7
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Don't forget to post loads of pics!!!
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Old 18 September 2004, 01:43   #8
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will do!
Ribs are a bit of a rarity over here and I have had 2 responses from all that see the boat.. Either "why not buy a real boat" or "Are you in the coastguard?"
Guess I have some serious RIB promotion and education to do!
My other hobby is photography, so hoping to get some good shots as soon as she is on the water.
Have some great waters to cruise over here and lots of interesting sites, so looking forward to sharing them
cheers Dal
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Out of interest having spent a fair amount of time in CA was it cheaper to buy in the UK and have it shipped out? If so RIBS must be rare or just expensive there!

Or was it because you wanted that particular type of boat?

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Old 18 September 2004, 14:00   #10
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I see you are from Ockley, well just up the A29 from me . Where do you launch your rib? Not many of us from RibNet on this side of Selsy Bill .

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