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Old 02 October 2015, 00:54   #1
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Does Anyone Own an INMAR RIB?

Hi,

I have finally decided to purchase a 17'+ rib. Came across the INMAR brand. I called them, they said they use Orca Hypalon, they hulls are locally made and that many government agencies including the Sheriff are using Inmar ribs.

I am looking at their 17'2" version. Does anyone have any insight on how well they are made, how they handle rough water, etc?

Thanks!
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Old 02 October 2015, 08:55   #2
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I'd love to know what agencies are using Inmar ribs. Most agencies splurge (with your money of course) on name brands.
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Old 02 October 2015, 09:23   #3
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Take a look at the HIN plate. If it starts "CN-ABCD1234E516", then the country of origin is China.

My experience with most "budget" RIBs has been poor.

In this industry, you get what you pay for.
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They are out of San Diego. Not exactly cheap, but a bit more affordable than a Zodiac. I sent them an email requesting a picture of the HIN plate. Let's see what they say.

I can take a drive there and physically look at their operations, they offered to let me take one out for a test drive.

Here is a link to one of their official videos:



I also heard that Zodiacs are made in China too. Is that true?
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They are out of San Diego. Not exactly cheap, but a bit more affordable than a Zodiac. I sent them an email requesting a picture of the HIN plate. Let's see what they say.

I can take a drive there and physically look at their operations, they offered to let me take one out for a test drive.

Here is a link to one of their official videos:



I also heard that Zodiacs are made in China too. Is that true?
Only the small boats now. Probably 90% of Zodiac's RIB lineup is produced domestically in Summerville, South Carolina. The high-end boats are made at their French factory in Tunisia I believe?

If you look at their HIN tags and inside the boat, you'll see it... US-XDC , "Proudly made in the USA"
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Old 02 October 2015, 13:22   #6
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Hey it was nice meeting you. Those look like nice boats. They used to be "JP Marine" not too long ago. There should be a few threads on this forum about them as a few members here bought their Sibs. If you do drive down there, let us know what you see!
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Old 02 October 2015, 14:41   #7
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I believe within the last year or so there was a thread on here from a guy that had a less than positive experience with a warranty/quality issue with JP Marine, or maybe not.
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Got a response from them when I asked what government agencies they sell to. Here is the answer:THE LAST 520 RIBS WENT TO THE CLAY FIRE DEPARTMENT, CLAY NY
ROSTRAVER FIRE DEPARTMENT, ROSTRAVER, PN
MARINA DEL RAY SAILING AND YOUTH FOUNDATION
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And this:

USCG MIC NUMBER- IMG IS OUR CODE FOR INMAR INFLATABLES
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Just confirmed: the hull ID says US.

So, what do you guys think?
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