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Old 20 January 2008, 18:26   #1
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Maine/NH Hampsire Motor Dealer/Rigger

We're looking for a new motor for our 5.4 searider. ( the 20yo mariner (115hp) is getting a bit old). We are looking at 90hp e-tecs, and would also like a bracket added at the same time (armstrong most likely). Boat is in Portland, ME, but we are happy to drive anywhere north of Rhode Island.

Havent had any luck with a couple local shops in the portland area, but if anyone can recommend someone, please let me know!

I'd apprecitate any feedback or comments, and certainly any recommendatons!

Thanks,

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Old 20 January 2008, 20:39   #2
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Went to the Boston Boat show yesterday also looking maybe to upgrade my "95" 2 stroke 115 evinrude. Couple of the outfits I talk to were not interested in any trade so I am running it till the pistons pop out. But look at the e-tec site on line, it gives a couple of names of outfits here in NH and ME. If you have any luck please let me know
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Old 21 January 2008, 14:14   #3
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I will keep you posted.

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Old 21 January 2008, 17:40   #4
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If you're looking to have a bracket installed on your Searider, might be worthy of talking to a dealer that also sells RIBs. I know Brown's Yacht Yard up in Gloucester, MA sells the full line of Zodiacs and I believe they do Etecs, so might be worth a call.

You could also try giving Ribcraft a call. They might be able point you in the right direction.
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Old 21 January 2008, 17:52   #5
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Went to the Boston Boat show yesterday also looking maybe to upgrade my "95" 2 stroke 115 evinrude. Couple of the outfits I talk to were not interested in any trade so I am running it till the pistons pop out. But look at the e-tec site on line, it gives a couple of names of outfits here in NH and ME. If you have any luck please let me know
Did you see any good RIBs at the show?
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Old 21 January 2008, 18:54   #6
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Brigs, avon, ab, caribe, zodica ribcraft were there. Only zodica and ribcraft had boats over 15 ft. Last year they all had larger boats. Ribcraft maybe a great boat but try to get a rep to pay any attention to you, at least this year I did not hear that my rib was a piece of crap like the ribcraft rep said to me last year. Sorry I am a little sensitive about my rib and the owner of HBI has been very helpful and it is a well built rib. Zodica rep was great at any of our questions. But all the ribs there were set up for rides around the bay, I would be afraid in scratching the surface with any scuba gear.
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Old 22 January 2008, 15:23   #7
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I would check out Dick at Maritime Solutions. They also run www.usedinflatables.com

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Old 23 January 2008, 10:17   #8
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Brigs, avon, ab, caribe, zodica ribcraft were there. Only zodica and ribcraft had boats over 15 ft. Last year they all had larger boats. Ribcraft maybe a great boat but try to get a rep to pay any attention to you, at least this year I did not hear that my rib was a piece of crap like the ribcraft rep said to me last year. Sorry I am a little sensitive about my rib and the owner of HBI has been very helpful and it is a well built rib. Zodica rep was great at any of our questions. But all the ribs there were set up for rides around the bay, I would be afraid in scratching the surface with any scuba gear.
Sounds like a decent showing of RIBs, but I wonder why there weren't more RIBs bigger than 15'. I'm really surprised to hear that about the Ribcraft guys - I've always found them to be very attentive and never heard them speak negatively about any RIBs.
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Old 23 January 2008, 16:16   #9
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I would check out Dick at Maritime Solutions. They also run www.usedinflatables.com

Dick Cromwell
Maritime Solutions Inc (MSI) InflatableXperts
1250 East Main Rd
Portsmouth RI 02871
401-682-2244
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Old 25 January 2008, 23:44   #10
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I second Brown's. The sold and rigged a 90 ETEC on my Searider last year. Nice people, nice work, attentive techs and a fair price. The also sell plenty of proper sized Zodiacs, so they know RIBs.
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