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Old 11 April 2007, 12:41   #1
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New Ribcraft 585 (Stateside)

I took my first RIB out for the maiden voyage / test drive last week. A bit nippy out, but she sure rode beautifully. Can't wait to get through the break-in period and for the temps to get back into the 50's to start enjoying her.

I've been a lurker for a while on this site and have found it to be most useful (and entertaining). Thanks!
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Old 11 April 2007, 22:37   #2
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Holy Smokes! Another 'header, right here on RIBnet!! Bit nippy for a ride today.

But next time, if you want a companion, let me know, I'll meet you at Riverhead. You know about the ramp at Little Harbor, by MH Lobster, right? Can be used at all tides, unlike Riverhead.

Nice boat. Don't get busted for speeding in the harbor!

I think I see a RIBnet Northeast USA cruise out of Marblehead this summer...
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Old 11 April 2007, 22:43   #3
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RIBs seem to be breeding at last on the other side of the pond - welcome to Ribnet - great boat!!!
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Old 12 April 2007, 00:30   #4
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welcome

Its nice to have some more people interested in ribs around here, I am fair game for a ride, there are some great spots around here, hopeing to see some of them this year
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Old 12 April 2007, 07:32   #5
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Thanks guys. I consider myself primarily a sailor, so buying a plastic center console boat was right out. Test drove a couple Ribcrafts as they are made locally, and knew right away I had to have one. I'm going to use it to commute to work in Boston in good weather, so wanted something seaworthy and somewhat fuel efficient. Hopefully the popularity of RIBs continues to grow around here.

dct and ltf - Clearly we'll have to meet up this summer, after I learn how to handle her.
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Thanks guys. I consider myself primarily a sailor, so buying a plastic center console boat was right out. Test drove a couple Ribcrafts as they are made locally, and knew right away I had to have one. I'm going to use it to commute to work in Boston in good weather, so wanted something seaworthy and somewhat fuel efficient. Hopefully the popularity of RIBs continues to grow around here.

dct and ltf - Clearly we'll have to meet up this summer, after I learn how to handle her.
My wife and I are primarily sailors too, she's on her second Paralympic sailing campaign right now. Our Searider is primarily used as a coachboat for her campaign. I think sailors are smarter than most stinkpotters, that's why we're drawn to the functionality of RIBs. What do you have for a sailboat? Do any racing?

She's waiting for me to drive down to FL the end of the month to pick up our RIB, so she can use it to commute to her job at Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston. Maybe you two can "boatpool"! I'm not sure that commuting by RIB will be any faster or more efficient that driving to Boston, but it'll certainly be a lot more fun! We don't have a dock or even a mooring in Marblehead, so that adds to the complexity of the concept.

We're going to be taking a couple of trips out to Stellwagen to visit the whales once the weather gets a bit better. It never occurred to us to do that until we sailed through the area by accident last year on out way to P-Town. Would be nice to have another boat along for at least the first trip out.
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Thanks guys. I consider myself primarily a sailor, so buying a plastic center console boat was right out. Test drove a couple Ribcrafts as they are made locally, and knew right away I had to have one. I'm going to use it to commute to work in Boston in good weather, so wanted something seaworthy and somewhat fuel efficient. Hopefully the popularity of RIBs continues to grow around here.

dct and ltf - Clearly we'll have to meet up this summer, after I learn how to handle her.

What do you mean - "good weather"? You will be amazed what it can cope with in bad weather as well....
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What do you mean - "good weather"? You will be amazed what it can cope with in bad weather as well....
Yes, but do you really want to get cold and wet on your way to work?? Or arrive in foulies or a drysuit?
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Yes, but do you really want to get cold and wet on your way to work?? Or arrive in foulies or a drysuit?
I suppose it depends where you work - a woman I know spends all day in a rubber suit......
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Codders - I don't even know where to go with this
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