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Old 27 March 2015, 08:46   #1
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Metal Shark RIBs

This is a new name to me, but there's a story in the Maritime Journal about them winning up to $47m worth of orders for RIBs for the US Navy. I guess we'll be seeing a few of these on the surplus market in a decade or so!

Maritime Journal - US Navy RIB order
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Old 27 March 2015, 12:27   #2
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They are a very well know company in the US for Military boats. They have just added RIB's to their offering and they contracted with Aluminum RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Boat) | Aluminum Boat Plans & Designs by Specmar for the designs. So any one can buy the plans for the RIBS, nothing special and a rather shallow entry i would assume the boats would not handle very well at all.

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Old 27 March 2015, 16:54   #3
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I thought they made the Willard aluminum 730 too since Willard doesn't make those hulls in house.

EDIT: Ooops Metal Craft versus Metal Shark....
"In 2000 MetalCraft designed and built, in conjunction with our US partner Willard Marine, the first ever USN 7M Standard Navy RIB in Aluminum/FRP hybrid construction. The boat met all of its design parameters and reached 56 MPH with inboard diesel/outdrives by Mercury Marine."

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Old 27 March 2015, 23:21   #4
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Originally Posted by RyanPratt View Post
nothing special and a rather shallow entry i would assume the boats would not handle very well at all.
Not too sure about this new 7 meter, but SpecMar lofted my 34 footer and it rides like a 50 footer...hands down the most comfortable RIB I've been on in rough weather...

If you look on the link that you posted at the "10.5 METER RIB (1322)"...that's my boat...
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