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Old 06 June 2007, 18:15   #11
Country: New Zealand
Town: Nelson
Boat name: Mr MaBlue
Make: Wavebreak 4.2 Sport
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 60hp
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 18
The idea of being surrounded by mass quantities of boat bits is certain to give grant a thrill. The idea of mass quantities of bbq ribs excites me!

It doesn't surprise us that only a few RIBs will be shown at Miami. From what we can gather, there are not many (small < 6 mtr) RIBs in the States (unless counting the tenders hanging off yachts is considered.) This kinda baffles us - we all know that RIBs are great for fishing, hunting, diving, etc. And often alloy-hulled RIBs (in our opinion) have great advantages in these activities. Do you all think the reason for the limited RIB choice is that fibreglass boats are so cheap (and familiar) in the States? Maybe it's a lack of knowledge? I imagine there are regional differences/preferences coming into play as well. Hmmm....

Guess I'll have to convince Grant that we should visit Europe next to check out even more RIBs!

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Old 06 June 2007, 22:01   #12
Country: USA
Town: Punta gorda Fl.
Boat name: War Machine
Make: Falcon U.S.A.
Length: 9m +
Engine: twin 250 Yamaha
Join Date: Jan 2006
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This is not the U.K. it is the states, this is the best show...

Ribs are in a minority relative to power boats but usually there are about 40 to fifty on display by different manufacturers, as far as that goes Nautica's manufacturing facility is in Pembroke Pines (North Miami) so you can always head over there to check out their full line of ribs as well. If you are uncertain you can always contact the boat show management and find out how many rib manufacturers are going to be exhibiting prior to the show. They usually have a pretty nice display of boats at the convention ctr. You also cannot beat Miami for the variety of gear, acessories, electronics, or god knows what else for boats, they pretty much have it all, I will debate that with anyone. I Personally have sea trialed quite a few ribs in South Florida, up to 36 ft., but then I was very acquainted with the folks at Nautica so my situation may be a little different than that of the average attendee.

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