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Old 21 July 2006, 03:23   #21
Country: UK - England
Town: Hampshire
Boat name: RIBcat 620
Make: RIBcat 620
Length: 6m +
Engine: Outboard 90hp x 2
Join Date: Jul 2006
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Try these guys

It is a KR7 racing hull, which means it goes fast with a smaller engine.

I think they start from around 24,000 including an engine (dunno what size) but I do know its fast and well made.

The one I was supposed to be demonstrating goes 65mph on a 125hp engine and it is fully custom build.

Just a thought, shipping it to the states would be around 1500-2000 in a container.

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Old 21 July 2006, 07:29   #22
Country: USA
Town: St. Thomas
Length: 7m +
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Ocean, I think you are missing the point. The entire marketing concept of the CZ7 is to go after the recreational weekend warrior with a sleath looking boat. Hurricane never has marketed to the recreational user until they saw the Ribcraft Mitigator. They did the same thing Ribcraft did - take their 25' (733) and dress it up, then sell to Joe Boater. Only they did it well after the Mitigator was introduced.

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Old 21 July 2006, 07:57   #23
Country: Canada
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Originally Posted by The Garfish
fuk mee fasst fredd i fink yew nead a spel chekker


Clessik kase of potz colleeng ketl blek.
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Old 21 July 2006, 08:02   #24
Country: Canada
Town: Newfoundland
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Originally Posted by mavrick211
Im wanting to buy a Rib some what in the catagory of a CZ7 but i most certainly cannot afford the price

Ribs are not that popular here in the sates and used one are hard to find
I found one in cannada brand new a 633 OB hurricane figured that would fit the bill but it would cost some where around 65000

are there any other options for me I live on the west coast of the country weather here can get nasty at times unexpectedly thats why i would like to have a twin engine very tough boat id also like to be able to travel at 60MPH max speed

any suggestions or opinions are very appriciated
To get back to the OP's question as above I have another more radical solution which I fear risks excommunicating me from my ribnet buddies.......

Its this. I've spent a certain amount of time researching boat options in the hope (forlorn at present) that one day I can have one here in my corner of Canada and have come to the conclusion that the scarcity of supply of RIBs in North America means that prices are unreasonably high vs just about any other type of boat you can buy. So unless you are a true 'enthusiast' with deep pockets I believe there are many hardboat alternatives that make more sense. (Jonny F is cheering as he reads this I can tell.......).

For example there are many makes of offshore open/walkround sportfishing boats that are going to offer similar capability that the equivalent sized rib for a lot less dosh. Of course some are better than others and some I wouldnt want to be out in a blow in whereas I might feel more confident (not neccessarily comfortable) in a RIB. But if you are looking for safety or unsinkability (one of a ribs key offerings) then that can be had too. Boston Whaler is the obvious choice. Your US$65k buys you a lot of 20-25ft Whaler like this one for example whale of a boat Ok mebbe not 60mph but 50ish and lots of offshore capability for a lot less than a CZ7 or a Mitigator!

Another alternative that looks good with a bit more shelter are the Skagit Orca boats built in WA which also offer the unsinkable foam filled hulls plus weather protection & accomodation. I'd seriously think about one of these for my part of the world if I had the wedge!

Dont get me wrong. I love RIBS and if the lottery came up would have those nice folks at Redbay build me a super duper expedition RIB. But in North America right now the economic option has to be hard rather than soft!

My 2 cents (Canadian),

Out of the fog......
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Old 21 July 2006, 12:44   #25
Country: USA
Town: Ventura, California
Boat name: Maverick
Make: Ribcraft Mitigator
Length: 7m +
Engine: 2 150 hp Johnsons
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 73
Originally Posted by OceanEco
I have run the 640, 733, 753, zodiac hurricanes as well as the Ribcraft mitigator and in rough seas there is no comparison.
I agree. There is no comparison, The Mitigator is by far the best boat.

Also, keep in mind that the Mitigator is quite a bit less expensive and you can purchase the same hull without all the bells and whistles and obtain the same performance for even less.
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Old 21 July 2006, 21:30   #26
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Old 21 July 2006, 22:11   #27
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You might want to do a bit of research on what exactly they mean when they say "unsinkable". Most boats which are flotation foam filled, while they won't sink, will not be usable except as a perch to await rescue upon (and often, not even that.)

USCG requires all boats under some length (20'? 26'? don't remember now) to contain flotation foam. If the boat swamps, all that guarantees is that it will remain at the surface. Not necessarily deck pointing skyward, either. Often, all that remains at the surface is the bow. The engines are usually too busy straining to meet the bottom.

That said, there are boats that are better than others in that regard; Boston Whaler, McKee, and several others are built on the fill-every-space-with-foam design, and do quite well while aping a submarine.

Yes, you can get a decent amount of hard boat for the money you'll spend on a RIB. Try, as an exercise, seeing what you'll need in fiberglass to match the load capacity of a RIB, though. Now see if you can match that with a hull length that will fit on a trailer. And see what kind of boat weight you're talking about. If you want to shortcut it a bit, my Polaris is about 19' overall, with a max load of 4000 lbs (or 12 people.) Weighs, I don't know... 2400lbs?

RIB's are available in North America; they're not as popular as the other side of the pond, so you have to do a bit of hunting. But they are around.

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Old 22 July 2006, 05:14   #28
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"USCG requires all boats under some length (20'? 26'? don't remember now) to contain flotation foam."
maybe at one time, no such requirement.

boston whaler got to be about the worst ridin hull ever.

thare is tons and tons of ribs hear, and tons of Ribber, just a big place, you got to look around.

you got Zode'ack for 180.thou, meat heads with hellmets doin 60mph.
every body says ya right. Zodiacs, Hurricanes the hulls has no dead rise, it's all ways hunting at speed for a line that it cant keep.
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Old 24 July 2006, 11:24   #29
Country: USA
Town: Anchorage
Boat name: Trojan
Make: Zodiac Hurricane 590
Length: 5m +
Engine: Twin Yamaha 70's
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Posts: 72
Thanks Guys

Your doing a good job at making me feel better about buying my zodiac hurricane 590 for 15k. Could have went with a lot of different boats for the money, but when I am leaving harbor with 5 guys 2 dogs and camping gear and everybody else in their 20 to 30 foot boat is staying in because it is forcast bad weather, I am happy with my purchase.

"Ribbed, for her pleasure"
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Old 17 July 2008, 10:24   #30
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No Comparison

When you say "No comparison" Which is best and why?

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