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Old 30 March 2008, 13:04   #1
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4.5m - 5.5m RIB wanted in Pacific NW of Canada

Hey,

I know this might be a long shot on a UK based forum, but I've been lurking on this site for awhile and found so much good info, that I thought it would be worth a shot.

I'm looking for my first RIB. I'd like something that I could move 3-4 people with and gear for a weekend of camping, kitesurfing and general exploring. I dont need to have something huge, but I'd like to be able to cross the Straight of Georgia and feel safe (course I guess everyone has difference opinions of what is safe). I'd like something with decent power and good reliabilty. This is a starter RIB for me, so part of this exercise is to get out on the water and get to know what I really want and need.

Thanks for any help or tips

Todd
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Old 30 March 2008, 21:54   #2
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4.5m - 5.5m RIB wanted in Pacific NW of Canada

Hey Todd,

I'd go with a bigger RIB to cross the Straight. If the weather changes you might have a lot of "fun" coming back. It's possible but depending on the passengers on board, they'll probably love the thrill or never boat again :-) A RIB is definetely the way to go in any case!

Best thing to do is to go out one a windy/choppy day and you'll see what a large RIB makes all the difference in Vancouver.

I'd go for a 18' (6m) something like http://www.canadianinflatables.com/nautica18/
Based out of Vancouver but catering to anyone in the Pacific Northwest.

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Old 31 March 2008, 00:22   #3
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Thanks for the tip. I forgot to mention that the boat will be trailered more the 50% of the time over to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, along some pretty gnarly logging roads. So, I'd like to keep the setup as light as possible.
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Old 07 April 2008, 00:00   #4
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Thanks for the tip. I forgot to mention that the boat will be trailered more the 50% of the time over to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, along some pretty gnarly logging roads. So, I'd like to keep the setup as light as possible.
Hi, I live in sidney vancouver island. I have a zodiac pro 550 open for sale. I have modified this boat for the west coast as i do a couple of weeks a year at Cape Scott and Brooks penninsula. This is not your typical Zodiac pro. I put a pod on it with a Suzuki 140 4 stroke. 2 fuel tanks below deck and a 3rd that bolts to the floor. This gives you a range of approx 250 miles. I took this boat around Vancover island with no problems. Let me know if you are interested. My email is blackrupert@hotmail.com
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Old 08 April 2008, 00:46   #5
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I've seen your boat advertised in a couple of places, looks like a great boat, but unfortunately it is out of my price range right now. It is something that I'd like to end up with in a few years.

Thanks.
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Thanks for the tip. I forgot to mention that the boat will be trailered more the 50% of the time over to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, along some pretty gnarly logging roads. So, I'd like to keep the setup as light as possible.
I see what you mean. A heavy RIB on a tandem axle trailer going on that windy road to Long Beach/Tofino. Not for me either!

This one seems light - Novurania RIB 15' 460DL :

http://www.canadianinflatables.com/novurania15/

PS The ad mentions "dual MX self actuated trim tabs" (Nauticus MX) What's the advantage of these MX tabs versus the regular SS ones?
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Bigger Rib would be better (5 m +) but ive made it all over the west coast in my 4.8 m zodiac with 60hp. Brooks, Nootka, Rugged point etc etc. No problems. What you need to ensure is that you get a vessel with a Deep hull to get through all the chop regularily seen on the west coast. If you dont, you will most certainly get beaten.

Also a lighter vessel is a piece of cake to haul out to places like zeballos or fair harbour.

Based on the date of the post, Im sure youve found something that you are looking for. If not, Im certainly looking to sell mine later this fall since Im looking to upgrade...
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http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...QAdIdZ64032830 Take a look at my Rib for sale, Definitely one of the safest ribs out there unsinkable, Selfrighting equipement, Everything Updated, Jet Drive, I need to Get rid of it as new boat is on its way, I am asking $9900
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I know this might be a long shot on a UK based forum, but I've been lurking on this site for awhile and found so much good info, that I thought it would be worth a shot.
I've moved the thread to the Noth America section as I reckon more of the right people will see it here.

Good luck!

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Squish;

Start calling around to manufacturers and resellers in your area. Quite often they can point you towards people who are selling prior purchases.

At the very least, maybe they can suggest a different make that will land within your budget.

Luck;

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