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Old 26 July 2015, 12:46   #21
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Do we? I've always been intrigued. Us brits are incredibly parochial and believe our ribs are best. We will extend to Europe when it suits us. But most of our friends in North America have probably limited experience of British boats just as we have of these military spec US boats.
Yes this I for sure can agree with
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Old 26 July 2015, 13:08   #22
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Andre,

What European boats compare to the Willard?
The way I see it you guys sadly have limited access to good quality and performance ribs. As far as I understand there is only the Willard and perhaps Zodiac hurricane which are available in the USA . The Willard is mainly made for the military and to convert such later to a leisure rib gives you limited possibilities. It is a challenge and the results are not bad to say the least.

The deck furniture and layout especially the consoles is what I do not like. As for performance then I doubt we will ever have a chance to compare.
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Old 26 July 2015, 13:41   #23
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[QUOTE=Poly;687660]Do we?
YEP!
I'm with Andre on this for sure.
The purposeful Sea Going RIB..WE all know and love on THIS side of the Pond....for many and varied reasons isn't a "natural fit" for many North American Boaters (although there is an enlightend minority)
As a consequence the Demand is low...investment R&D advocacy and advertising follows,and with so many established types from Skiffs...Bass Boats...Cruisers...and Pontoon types ect
Dominating the scene already it's not really surprising the RIB scene is a niche market.
With the proliferation of UK and European manufacturers and the HUGE Range and Choice they offer...and the constant innovation,and technical advancement....I reckon we can be justly proud of our (after all British invention) and the way we lead the World
Oh and they do make Ribcraft under licence in the U.S. Too!
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Old 26 July 2015, 14:58   #24
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Looks pretty beat up.

Probably pretty quick at one time.
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Old 26 July 2015, 15:01   #25
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Boston Whaler versus Rib

I was going to say something about ribcraft. That's probably the only commercial performance rib we have access to over here. I've seen a big one in commercial use and it is a beast, the dolphin tours out at Catalina.

http://cdn1.visitcatalinaisland.com/...s/dolphin5.jpg

Other than that the hard boats serve us and our water conditions well. RIBs aren't the best boat for fishing and that's big over here.

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Old 26 July 2015, 15:58   #26
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To be fair, comparing RIBs to BWs is a non-starter. They are completely different beasts for completely different purposes & conditions. This is a RIB forum so we are naturally biased towards RIBs. RIBs are relatively expensive compared to hard boats ( I still can't figure out why), offer little in the way of comfort, shelter or accommodation, unless you want to go REALLY expensive😳 A BW will give you space, storage, plenty of options for accommodation etc. If all I wanted to do was potter about in sheltered relatively calm waters, then a RIB probably wouldn't be high on my list. If, however I wanted to make challenging offshore trips safe in the knowledge that I can at least get back even if I don't make my destination, then a RIB would be up there, given my budget constraints.
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Old 26 July 2015, 21:28   #27
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Probably pretty quick at one time.
That is a good looking boat.
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Old 26 July 2015, 21:39   #28
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Ryan,

The boat was whipped. It is going to need everything. I tapped the hull all over too, and definitely found some questionable spots. It wouldn't surprise me if this was a hurricane salvaged boat.
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Jason, you posted a picture of that ribcraft showing a tour where no one is wearing a life jacket and there are no comments yet - I'm confused!
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Jason, you posted a picture of that ribcraft showing a tour where no one is wearing a life jacket and there are no comments yet - I'm confused!
If that photo was taken in the UK then for sure there would have been an uproar . Possibly the helmsman is not even wearing a kill cord who knows as difficult to see from the photo.

I would comment however that that particular rib is "a pussy cat" not a beast when comparing to many SeaSafari types operating in the UK and Europe
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