Mike here, bought my 2002 18' Nautica in July of this year. It was the tender to a 130' megayacht. Haven't had a chance to use it yet, but will get it in the water in the spring.
I live in Menlo Park, CA, about a 1/2 hour south of San Francisco, next to Stanford. However, I bought the RIB for a house I own in the Southern Gulf Islands across from Vancouver, Canada. We're adjacent to Pirates Cove on DeCourcy Island, (popular anchorage for Vancouver, and Victoria crowds). If you ever cruise the area, we'll see you between DeCourcy, Nanaimo, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Gabriola, and Vancouver in the Summers mostly.
Link to DeCourcy:
my dock is across from the seaplane. We're 18 miles south west of Vancouver.
I found the boat on the internet, used, in Long Beach, CA. I flew down to check it out, and liked it enough to buy it. I found a great shop to survey it, and repair things that needed attention (Tradewind Marine, which also sells new RIBS - www.twimarine.com)
. After some minor repairs (tube patches, cosmetic repair of nicks in glass, electrical), I found a transporter to haul it to Seattle, and then I flew up to Seattle to rent a truck and get it across the border.
My wife and myself would have loved to use it in SF Bay for a year before moving it north, but when it came down to paying additional CA tax, and cost for a temp towing vehicle, we decided to just get it to Canada and use it there.
We'll be using the boat mostly for supply runs (groceries, etc...), and some runs to pubs/restaurants, and cruising.
I learned a lot importing the thing to Canada from the states, so if anyone needs to go through that process - give me a buzz.