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Old 12 July 2006, 22:22   #1
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New Buy in the USA

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
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Old 12 July 2006, 22:59   #2
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Would it be cheaper to buy a boat without engine in the UK and ship it to the USA to buy/fit the engine and buy the trailer?
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Old 12 July 2006, 23:13   #3
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not shure

Im not shure if that would be cheaper or not dont have a clue what shipping rates are
i know here in the US i wanted one shipped from California to Washington state about 1200 miles shipper said it would cost 4,000 so i can amagin what over the atlantic would cost

im really looking for opinions on RIB manufaturers from the internet research i have done i have come to the conclusion that the Zodiac Hurricane is about the most durrable but i would like to here other opinions if there is a better biult model out there i would like to here about it

I did find a 630 hurricane but it had a diesel inboard

would i be able to buy one of these and have it converted to out board and have the aluminum outboard bracket put on or is that to expensive
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Old 12 July 2006, 23:31   #4
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If you search this site you'll find a whole load of manufacturers and names.

Might be worth a look at:-

Ribcraft

Avon

Redbay

Humber

From what I've seen it'll be a whole load cheaper to buy engines and trailers in the USA.

Your $4000 shipping at a rough guess should cover the cost of bringing one over in a container-as long as it'll fit in a 20' container.It's VERY expensive retubing in the USA and if the prices are similarly over the top for whole boats then it might well be worth looking into.


I doubt you'll be able to do anything with a rib that'll really stress any of the ones that are traditionally used as dive club boats over here though. You'd be surprised how tough they are. There's people on here (me included) beating the crap out of 20-30 year old Avons in all sorts of conditions and they just shrug it off and take it.


There's a redbay for sale on their site that'd pretty much fit your criteria too and would come in at less than $45000 including shipping it over.

http://www.redbayboats.com/preownedboats.htm
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Old 13 July 2006, 01:13   #5
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http://www.polarisboats.com/p/boats.htm

These guys are out of Langley B.C. and make very high quality aluminum hulled, Hypalon tubed RIBS for much lower prices than Hurricane.
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Old 13 July 2006, 02:23   #6
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I have a used 22 foot Polais RIB for sale in British Columbia with no power. It is a heavy duty fiberglass commercial hull with double layer Hyplon tubes. It has a 2 foot alum outboard pod(extension). PM me if you are interested. 200 hp max. I just bought a new Hurricane 640.

Check out these links.

http://www.liquidmetalmarine.com/

Excellent company with attension to detail and a excellent ride.

http://www.polarisboats.com/

Another good company. Their fiberglass hulls are made in house and they contract out their alum hulls.

www.inflatableboatsales.com

Used Rib dealership in Vancouver Canada.

http://www.titanboats.com/

Another good but expensive company from vancouver island.
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Old 13 July 2006, 11:20   #7
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you have got to take a trip to Southern California and take our Ribcraft Mitigator, named Maverick, for a spin. I would bet that head to head the Mitigator would outperform the CZ7 and cost considerably less. You can also purchase the same boat without all the bells and whistles for less than what you might think.

Ribcrafts may not be as heavily built as Zodiacs but they are well built, lighter, and perform wonderfully especially in heavy seas. Ribcraft USA is in MA and will build a boat to suite your particular needs, set up however you like. Give me a call or send an email and I will gladly provide more info and a rough idea on prices. All the contact info is on our website. Look through the photo gallery and you will see some pictures of Maverick and there will be more coming soon.

A ride is all it will take and hopefully in a bit of a sea so you can really appreciate it.
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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
I live in AZ and am in approx the same position as you. I am seriously considering importing a used 7/8 M RIB from UK less engine. Have a quote for the shipping from Southampton to Port Huenemein, CA, of 2418 UK pounds ( approx. $4000) Hope this helps. PM me if you need more info.
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Old 13 July 2006, 18:04   #9
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I got my Polaris about a year ago. Built very well, and the company is a dream to work with. Not particularly inexpensive, but should last pretty much forever.

I checked out Titan Boats as well, when I was speccing thing out; they seemed a little reticent to commit to building a small boat (I think they are primarily building large commercial boats.)

Hit the Polaris webpage, and give them a call; they get used boats for sale on occasion, as well as staying in touch with most owners (so they know when owners are selling.)

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Old 13 July 2006, 19:33   #10
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I got my Ribcraft 585 this summer. Its great (built from the MA factory) and i could almost guarintee any conditions you want to take the boat out in the 585 could handle, worse conditions=swimming....alot of swimming.
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