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Old 28 September 2016, 18:50   #1
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Who are the top RIB manufactures?

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I'm looking to start a Whale Watch business in New England and I'm wondering who the top manufactures are of RIBs? I've been talking with RIBCRAFT who seem like a decent outfit but they are also pricey. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? Thanks for your time.
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Old 28 September 2016, 20:27   #2
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Jones Act limits you to USA made boats, which means expect to pay a premium.
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Old 28 September 2016, 20:40   #3
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Depends what you're looking for.

What state are you in?

I tend to gravitate towards Zodiac. They do a pretty good job at supporting products for the entire lifespan of the product (15-25 years). Their big boats have mechanically fastened tubesets that can be changed easily. All of their US-produced hulls are wood free.

What size and powerplant are you looking for? Their aren't too many US producers over 9m, and if you want an inboard powerplant, there's even fewer producers.
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I'm more than happy with my zodiac, been in a few other makes that don't stand up so well. If I was to buy another boat it would be another Zodiac unless I had mega money and was upgrading to somethething big like a Naiad 12m +.

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Hello,

I'm looking to start a Whale Watch business in New England and I'm wondering who the top manufactures are of RIBs? I've been talking with RIBCRAFT who seem like a decent outfit but they are also pricey. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? Thanks for your time.
You did ask for the Top Manufacturer!!
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One of the top manufacturers Naiad Design
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You did ask for the Top Manufacturer!!
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Does the Jones Act apply to one port? Or US port to US port?
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I'm looking at a 9m with Yamaha 300s. Have you heard anything on ASIS RIBS? Thanks for the reply.
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