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Old 18 September 2013, 06:48   #11
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Also from Poland are the Technomarine RIBs sold by Piranha, which are streets ahead of the Chinese boats they were importing a couple of years ago. The 10m commercial boat and the 6m leisure boat both look smart and well finished. They've dropped the confusing union jack from their logo too.
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Old 18 September 2013, 06:52   #12
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On the Barnet Marine stand there were the XS RIBs that you would expect to see, but also their new sportier XS760 with a rather less utilitarian look than normal.
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Old 18 September 2013, 06:56   #13
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The Zodiac display featured their flagship N-ZO, along with the Open Pro 500 and a selection of smaller boats.
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Also on their stand was the Avon 330 jet which was so badly finished that I had to check the makers plate to see if they had started importing boats from China (it was built in France).
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Next door was the Williams stand. Their Turbojet 325 is about the same money as the Avon and is absolutely flawless like the rest of their range. Why would anyone buy the Avon?
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The rest of the Williams range was also lined up for inspection, including the 180HP Dieseljet 625 with a full canopy keeping the rain at bay.
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As an alternative to a jet tender when your on-board garage has limited headroom, how about one of the Italian Cabrio range from BHG? The transom tilts on a powered ram, lowering the overall height to less than 1000mm, and you still have the familiarity and ease of servicing of a regular outboard!
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Larger tenders are the niche that Rib-X have established for themselves, producing customer RIBs for superyachts from major shipyards.
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My favourite quote of the day came from someone looking at the 600hp Technohull RIB. "But what would you do with it?" was the question. Presumably the answer would be "Go very fast and smile a lot!"
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I eventually found Bembridge Marine, but there was no sign of anyone around and by that time the rain was so bad that the stand had a moat around it! Still, the Shearwater RIB looked good - purposeful and well finished.
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