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Old 29 February 2012, 10:05   #1
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Does anyone have pics of their RIB......

set up for diving or with capabilities of being used for diving?

I would love to see your set ups.......
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Old 29 February 2012, 11:16   #2
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In my albums, click on my user ID to see mine.

The name "Water Dog" is a title for beginning Newfoundland water rescue dogs.
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Old 29 February 2012, 11:23   #3
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Looks great, thanks.....
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Old 29 February 2012, 12:36   #4
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Have you owned a boat before? Do you have something to tow it with yet?

Some of my choices and compromises (like everyone's) were shaped by previous experience, budget, and existing tow rig.
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I have never owned a boat before, but been on plenty of them.....

I would tow mine with my 2012 Jeep SRT8 which is also my tow vehicle for my race car......

I dove off a 13' footer inflatable (after a 26 mile trip to Catalina Island) in my younger days, but I am not that crazy anymore.....

I most interested in seeing how the RIBs are set up for diving, regardless of the size and brand.....
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Old 29 February 2012, 13:47   #6
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I most interested in seeing how the RIBs are set up for diving, regardless of the size and brand.....
Irish 24 footer (not mine) - note the drop down helm seat, handholds, dive rack, access ladder, flare box holders, floodlight.

I'd spec an internal handhold line if I was transporting divers on the tubes - safer.
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Old 29 February 2012, 14:35   #7
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This guy has set up his 7m Willard for diving:
1994 Willard 7 meter

Attached is a picture of the stern. I saved it from his ebay ad (I don't believe that it sold, reserve not met) as I have debated whether to do this to mine. I think that it adds some great functionality but right now it's a couple items down on my "to do" list. I've priced the addition at ~$600 for the step and ~$300 for an Armstrong or similar ladder.

A guy in LA has a couple of Willards that he's refurbishing right now if you're interested:
24 ft Willards and Northports Rhib Cummins Diesels
(note that these pics are of already re-furb'd ones and would be on the high end of his price range)

Oh, and I tow my 7m Willard beautifully with my Grand Cherokee!
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Old 29 February 2012, 16:47   #8
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This guy has set up his 7m Willard for diving:
1994 Willard 7 meter

Attached is a picture of the stern. I saved it from his ebay ad (I don't believe that it sold, reserve not met) as I have debated whether to do this to mine. I think that it adds some great functionality but right now it's a couple items down on my "to do" list. I've priced the addition at ~$600 for the step and ~$300 for an Armstrong or similar ladder.

A guy in LA has a couple of Willards that he's refurbishing right now if you're interested:
24 ft Willards and Northports Rhib Cummins Diesels
(note that these pics are of already re-furb'd ones and would be on the high end of his price range)

Oh, and I tow my 7m Willard beautifully with my Grand Cherokee!
THATS A RAD SETUP! do you recall what the highest bid price was on that boat? Must be a center mounted motor eh?

DiverDMD- I have a 24'Zodiac 733 I am refurbishing for diving and inter island surf safaris.
Its towed by a ford explorer sport trac, no problem. I would advise a trailer with brakes, as its pretty easy to get these heavy rigs moving, but the real issue comes in stopping all that momentum. The Willard for sale link post by ncp looks like a good deal for your price range.
But like the post says, it depends how much work you want to put in... I think its better to know everything about your boat before you go splashing around... coast guard hawaii now charges for rescues! and will fine you for anything you were negligent on after they do so!
Goodluck!
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Custom Dive Willard

I remember 1 bid at $25,000 didn't meet the reserve. He's done a lot of work to that thing!!! Killer set-up.
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My boat is only a 14 footer, but i regularly go to Catalina Island on it. Gets a little sporty in small craft advisory though. I dive solo.
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