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Old 13 July 2008, 03:20   #11
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T Top and Outriggers

T Top is definitely the way to go if you intend to do lots of fishing. A Frames do really get in the way when trolling or spinning.

Your best approach would be to try a few different hulls if possible for the sea handling characteristics /size etc and once decided then speak to the builder who will easily be able to install a custom console / T Top and leaning post as required to your specification.

Many of these are available from places like www.basspro.com or www.alltackle.com in the US. Alltackle also do every type of outrigger imaginable that can be mounted onto rails, rod holders, deck etc etc.

Landing large fish should not be a problem as you can have a large plastic drum cut down to sit over a tube for you to drag fish onboard over as we do with a bag full of scallops that have razor sharp edges. However, once the fish are onboard that may give you another problem??

Good Luck with the fishing and boat search.

The biggest fish we get round here are Tope to 50lb or the odd Porbeagle to about 250lb.
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Old 14 July 2008, 13:13   #12
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WOW!!
I like all of them. The one at the top even has out riggers on it. Do you know the make?
Glenn


These are made by AB. But there are a lot of other RIBs out there like the others have mentioned. If you do find one and you need a top, you can check out Atlantic Towers.

http://www.atlantictowers.com/at_sub/products_ss_t.html

Good luck!

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Old 15 July 2008, 22:48   #13
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Offshore Fishing

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I notice you have your 22 ft Nautica wide body for sale. Why are you selling it and how does the Nautica wide body compare to a RIBCraft 6.8 off shore.
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Old 16 July 2008, 13:59   #14
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Offshore Fishing

I don't plan to catch that big of fish that I have to worry about them being in the boat. I was talking to a friend last night and when he heard that I was interested in a RIB, he told me about the one he bought and how much he loved it. Its made by Titan Boats and instead of fiberglass bottom, its made of Aluminum. He said his is much lighter that it would be if made out of fiberglass.

Has anyone had experience with both?

If I'm towing, it make sense to have the boat as light as possable if it has the same stability and riding qualities.
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Old 16 July 2008, 15:27   #15
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Polaris has some models with the aluminum hull.

http://www.polarisboats.com/p/aluminum_hull/neptune.htm

I am not familiar with Titan RIBS. I know Captn. Jack has a Polaris and he uses it in the the Puget Sound region (my old stomping grounds).

But I am not sure around your part of the world. Even though, I will be in Orlando for 12 days at the end of this month.
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Old 17 July 2008, 11:14   #16
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Offshore Fishing

Just got off the Phone with the marketing Dept. of AB inflatables which makes Aluminum and fiberglass RIB bottoms.
The gentleman seems to have a lot of knowledge about both and said like everything else in life, each has tradeoffs.
The aluminum is made for places like the NorthWest that has a lot of rocks on the bottom and shore. The aluminum will hold up better that fiberglass and is a lot lighter. It can use smaller motors and obtain the same speed at less fuel cost.
However, If you plan to ride in ruff, choppy water, the fiberglass will give you a lot better ride. It will cut thru the waves better since it weights more.

In my case, he recommended a fiberglass RIB.

My only decision now is , do I get a commerical high end grade that will last a lifetime or a consumer dingy.
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Old 18 July 2008, 00:29   #17
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how many fisherman? ive got seating for 6, fishing space for 3, maybe 4 if the 4th doesnt fish in a 5.4m searider. t-top center console...
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Old 25 July 2008, 15:44   #18
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T-Tops

Hi I read your post and thought you may want to see my rib with a custom made T-Top. Now that it has been installed for a few months ,I absolutely love it and would have one fitted on any future ribs. ( However I would not purchase from the same company who I bought this T-Top from (Atlantic Towers) .There are certainly many advantages of having the T-Top on i.e. storage, better visibility by others, sun protection I even think that the shape of this one actually helps me get on plane quicker as the shape of the front of the top actually pulls the bow down.
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Old 21 August 2008, 17:37   #19
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I notice you have your 22 ft Nautica wide body for sale. Why are you selling it and how does the Nautica wide body compare to a RIBCraft 6.8 off shore.
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Hi 57guy,

The ribcraft 68 off shore is an impressive boat for it's size - I had the pleasure of test driving one with the guys at Ribcraft. I've also spent time on the nautica 22 widebody - no comparison. The Nautica doesn't have nearly the usable deck space, particularly beam, compared to the ribcraft. And the nautica is not built nearly the same - you can see, feel, and even hear the difference between the two.

Ribcraft makes an excellent boat and their service is exceptional. Let me know if you have any more questions about them.

Good luck!
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Ordered new RIb Today

After several weeks of searching for the type of RIB I wanted and one that would best fit my needs, I ordered a RibCraft 6.8 this morning.

I had it narrowed down to a Nautica 24 ft wide body and the RibCraft. Even though I think the Nautica has better fit and polish, I liked the fact that the Ribcraft is one foot wider on the inside of the tubes and over two feet more usable room lengthwise. I wanted a fishbox (cooler) in the rear in front of the motors and Nautica could not provide it.

The only thing I'm losing is the side fold down door that Nautica has, which is nice.

Will be delivered mid Nov. LOOKOUT FISH

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